Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, and will link tomorrow when it's live over at May Dreams Gardens. May has not been a particularly dreamy month here; it's been a rainy month that we desperately needed and still are capable of cursing when we never get a chance to mow the lawn. (However -- I was in Houston over the weekend for absolute floods of rain that did not in the end prevent the Rice graduation from happening outdoors as planned, although the chairs were practically floating in the quad. So I am appreciating the gentle drizzle here much more.)
Anyway, the moisture and the continued mild temperatures have been great for flowers, and many have hung on much longer than usual. I took some photos last week, but the same ones are still blooming. The peony above I bought on sale without a name (feel free to tell me what it is). It has done better than the other two planted near it. I plan to create a new bed near the mock orange
to plant peonies under hopefully more suitable conditions.
Also spectacular in the front: a purple ninebark four feet tall and weeping gracefully, that's just been in the ground two and a half years since I bought it for $10 at Lowe's. I love bargain plants that work out (they make up for the expensive ones that die and leave aching holes in the wallet).
Here's one of the ninebark flowers close up.
Siberian kale, gone to flower. The flower buds are very tasty - true of all the brassicas, not just broccoli.
That's by no means all that's blooming, but that's all the decent photos. Here's hoping your gardens are in full flower, with cloudy skies for photography but rain only at night.