Sunday, May 15, 2016

Bloom Day May

Hello all! For most of what I have flowering right now, please refer to my Mother's Day post. Very little has changed in the following week, except that it would really be cheating now to say a daffodil is still blooming (the remaining poeticus flower is kinda hanging on in a droopy sad state).

Here in Maryland we have had almost three solid weeks of some-rain-each-day (it didn't add up to a large amount altogether, but we set a record for consecutive days of measurable rain, at 15, and then it kept raining after the day that broke the record). It's stayed pretty chilly, too. I have not put the tomatoes in yet. On the whole the flowers are good, though, and I think at seasonal average.

Additions to the previous post:


One of what I think of as "Barbara's poppies" (they were overrunning her vegetable garden, so I rescued some)

Cranberrybush viburnum now open

Alliums also opened up

Amsonia starting to bloom. I have more of these to go in that I grew from seed.


And one lone rosebud!
I've been thinking about bulbs to put in come fall (yeah, I know, but what else can I do when it rains all the time?). Now that I've cleared out the beds along the driveway (former privet hedge now turned over to blueberries, and the vinca pulled out of the larger bed), I'm going to try tulips again, hoping that the deer stick to their plan of avoiding that side of the house. And I'd like to put in a bunch of fragrant daffodils near the deck. And more alliums out front. Maybe hyacinths when I've got the vinca and ivy out.

Meanwhile things progress very slowly in the Food Forest Thing out back, but in the drier periods we've done a little. Today I need to get mulch on the black raspberries. No time like the present... before it decides to rain again.


  1. Pretty blooms!
    I'm sure the yellow rose bud is going to be gorgeous when it opens!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

  2. Wow, penstemon in my garden only has a few stalks of buds. That poppy looks rare and unique.

    1. I think it's the only one blooming - sheltered spot. Poppies are very cool but definitely prolific!

  3. What a lovely poppy! I would have rescued some too... :)

  4. What beautiful flowers! Also, of course the grass is always greener on the other side, but i'm so jealous of your rain! Happy GBBD!

    1. Funny how that goes! I was happy to see the rain when it arrived - 15 days later not so much.

  5. We've had much the same kind of weather here in Illinois--too rainy to plant and then too cold to plant! It's a good time to think about fall bulbs; I've been doing that, too, and trying to take notes. Otherwise, come fall, I will have forgotten every intention I had:) Gorgeous poppy!

    1. My problem is more forgetting in spring where I planted the bulbs in the fall. :)