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Blooms, Blooms and more Blooms!

(From upper L-R across & down: Noid yellow Bearded Iris, Allium neapolitanum, Allium 'Pink Jewel', Clematis 'Nelly Moser', Noid purple Dutch Iris, English Bluebells, Rosa 'Morning Magic', Narcissus 'Delnashaugh' and Noid Dwarf Bearded Irises)

This month has been all about the blooms so far.  There is something new to discover each day in my garden.  I just love Spring, it’s my favorite season.  Afterall everything is new and fresh again, what’s not to love? I’ve also been quite busy this season preparing new beds, mulching, completing overdue projects and weeding.  There is always something to do in the garden in the spring.  I’m trying really hard to sit back and enjoy it without finding something that needs to be tweaked, pulled or deadheaded.  That’s the hard part. 🙂 I haven’t been the best blogger this year, but I’m always available on facebook as most of you know.  Hope everyone is having a great week so far in or out of the garden.

Bloomin Tuesday – last one of May

Oakleaf Hydrangea 'Little Honey' (background photo), Shasta Daisy (upper inset), Yorktown Onion (lower inset)

Calibrachoa ‘Strawberry Punch’

It’s that time of the week again when we show off what’s blooming in our gardens.  This is the last Bloomin’ Tuesday of May, time has flown by so quickly. In the first collage I’ve posted a photo of my Oakleaf Hydrangea ‘Little Honey’ blooming as well as the first of the Shasta Daisies and my only Yorktown Onion bloom this season.    I don’t add many annuals to my garden every year, but I always make an exception for great ones like Calibrachoa.  This ‘Strawberry Punch’ was a new selection from Proven Winners. Hopefully it loves my favorite terra-cotta pot and just gets bigger and better over the summer.  To see more Bloomin’ Tuesday posts or to join in this week on the fun, please visit our host  Jean @ Ms Greenthumb.

Bloomin Tuesday

(From upper L-R across & down: Coreopsis 'Jethro Tull', Allium 'Pink Jewel', Catmint 'Walker's Low', Astilbe, Polemonium 'Heavenly Habit', Salvia 'Mystic Spires', Verbena Bonariensis, and Allium christophii)

The garden is really putting on a show this month with things constantly coming into bloom as others slowly fade away.  Some of my favorite perennials are blooming this week which include this unknown white Astilbe, Coreopsis ‘Jethro Tull’ and Verbena Bonariensis.  Salvia ‘Mystic Spires’ has just begun to push out a few spikes of flowers which will continue through the first hard frost in fall.  The Alliums are still looking good with ‘Pink Jewel’ finally starting to open up its buds into tiny pink stars and Christophii with its purple iridescent stars.  Catmint or Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’ is two years old now and is has formed into a nice mound of blossoms which will look striking combined with companions ‘Glowing Peace’ Rose and Echinacea ‘Sundown’ which are shades of orange (not currently blooming yet). Last but not least is my new addition Polemonium ‘Heavenly Habit’, I just adore flowers in shades of blue don’t you?  The common name is Jacob’s Ladder in reference to the leaves being parallel on the stems like rungs of a ladder. To see more Bloomin’ Tuesday blooms or to join in this week, please visit our gracious host Jean @ Ms Greenthumb.

Bloomin Tuesday

From L-R: Bluestar Amsonia (background), Evening Primrose 'Twilight', Rosa 'Bonica' and Clematis 'Nelly Moser'

It’s that time of the week again when we show what blooming in our gardens.  This Amsonia ‘Blue Star’ is such a pale shade of blue that it photographs as white. It was a new addition in 2009 from a Master Gardener’s plant sale in Yorktown.  I may live to regret this Evening Primrose since it seems to be prolific reseeder so far.  But luckily I’ve been able to contain it somewhat in a corner of my garden where nothing else seems to thrive.  Rosa ‘Bonica is a climbing rose that has nicely fragrant flowers, but is prone to blackspot unfortunately.  I love my  ‘Nelly Moser’, she’s the first clematis that I ever purchased and is always the last to bloom. 

From L-R: Allium nectaroscordum, Allium nigrum, Allium unifolium and Allium 'Pink Jewel'

 The alliums have begun to put on their spring show and one of my favorites is this nectaroscordum which is commonly called Mediterranean Bells.  A new addition this past fall was ‘Pink Jewel’.  It’s the first and only pink tall allium according to Brecks which is where I purchased it of course.  So far the buds are tightly closed but I’m sure it will be stunning in another few days or so.  I’ve had Nigrum and Unifolium in my garden for a few years now and they are very reliable bloomers each spring.  Other than my Amsonia the theme this week seems to be pink.  To see more Bloomin’ Tuesday posts or to join in please visit Ms. Greenthumb.

Masses of Blooms!

More things are beginning to bloom this week and in mass too! Purples and whites seems to be the theme in this post. Allium neopolitanum is a great bulb for containers since it tends to be a bit invasive in the garden.  Right now it occupies my red washtub with some yellow pansies. The Siberian Iris ‘New Wine’ is one of my favorites, in fact I divided it last fall to add to other areas of the garden.  The hint of blue on the falls is pretty mingled with the purple and yellow. This Rhodie has been a part of my garden for many years now and it always puts on a great show in April.  Look the Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’ I posted about last week is now in full bloom!  The buds start out a deep smoky purple that opens to this pale lavender.  I love these little Zephyranthes candida.  They are commonly called either Zephyr Lily, Rain Lily or Fairy Lily.  They always seem to bloom right after a nice rain fall.  Two of my Clemmies, ‘Snow Queen’ and ‘Niobe’,  are putting on a great show right now with their first big flush of the season.  The trellises they occupy dress up a blank brick wall out front and a shed wall in the back yard.  I showed you just a couple of days ago my Rosa ‘Morning Magic’ and now look at her!  She is a mass of gorgeous shell blooms that fade to a off white with age.  This is just one side of the arch in the Arbor Garden, the other side has the same rose but it is two years younger and hasn’t quite caught up yet. Have a nice weekend everyone!  I’ll be in the tinkering around in the garden most likely.   🙂

Final Bulb Order

Just when I thought I was done planting bulbs this fall another shipment showed up.  Isn’t that how it always works out? lol  That’s okay, because come next spring all my hard work will pay off big time!  Here’s what was in this order:

  • Dutch Iris ‘Lion King’ (10 bulbs)
  • Poppy Anemone ‘Burgundy’ (15 bulbs)
  • Dutch Iris ‘Red Ember’ (10 bulbs)
  • Allium ‘Pink Jewel’ (3 bulbs)

The ‘Lion King’ Dutch Iris was a duplicate order from last time.  I really loved the coloring on this flower so I ordered more bulbs when they put them on sale.  ‘Red Embers’ was a impulse purchase because you can never have too many Dutch Irises in the garden.  They’ll look great in the Arbor Garden with the variety of pinks, purples and red tones already there.  Alliums are always a winner in my opinion, low maintenance and long blooming.  The Anemone poppies were a must for the New Garden bed to play off all the oranges, yellows and purples.  Here’s a list of my summer 2011 bulb wish list candidates:

  • Society Garlic (Tulbaghia) – this is a plant that is low fuss and I really want more of for the garden
  • Rain Lillies (Zephyrantes) – the blooms can be white, yellow or pink and starts shining in October
  • Alstromeria ‘Tangerine Tango’ or ‘Mauve Majestry’ – a great cut flower that I’ve been eyeballing in Brent and Beckys Bulbs Catalog for sometime now
  • Crocosmia – a yellow flowering type such as ‘George Davidson’ would be a great addition to my New Garden

These will be ordered come the spring of 2011.  What are some of the bulbs on your wishlist for next spring?