I wish May would last forever, just go on and on. The garden feels so fresh and new in the early morning with its subtle verdant shades and its sweet spring flowers. It draws me outside each dawn to mark the daily changes with my camera. Here are the pictures I took on May 15, the day that garden bloggers around the world celebrate Bloom Day with Carol at May Dreams Gardens. I looked back at previous GBBD pictures and was amazed how many of my shrubs have filled out. That's one of the joys of blogging: every year is different.
Along Bluebell Creek the English bluebells are blooming, rekindling memories of springtime walks in the woods of my childhood.
|English bluebell Hyacinthoides non scripta|
Nearby, the pieris shrubs in my Woodland Walk provide color with their flaming May blooms. I recently learned that Pieris is sometimes called Lily-of-the-Valley plant. I think that name applies to those pieris with tiny white flowers -- I have that type too. I'm so happy some of the shrubs and flowers I planted here survived the winter and the deer.
|The Woodland Walk|
Speaking of Lily-of-the-Valley, I can see the sweet flower and smell its perfume in the Woodland Walk and several other shady areas.
|Lily of the Valley, Ladies' Mantle and Sedum|
Also, in the Woodland Walk, the newly planted brunnera survived some deer nibbles and put forth its forget-me-not blooms.
|Brunnera macrophylla -- can't remember which one.|
I'm choosing Brunnera as my May plant for Diana's Dozen as I couldn't imagine a shade garden without its beautiful foliage. It's fun to compare my choices with those of Diana in her stunning South African garden.
|Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'|
I'm naming the shade garden 'Serenity.' Serenity gardens are often associated with Japanese gardens, but it is the perfect word to describe the way I feel in this space.
|My Serenity Garden|
The cottage garden and the pond are filled with spring beauty. The forget-me-nots are everywhere.
|Blue and White Forget-me-nots in the Cottage Garden|
Allium shoots up with buds full of promise.
|Allium 'Globe Master' and some late daffodils|
We planted the dwarf cutleaf maple to shade the waterfall from the harsh summer sun. It has reached its glory this year. I can't resist showing how it looked three years ago.
That was then ...
|The Pond, May 2013|
This is now ...
|The dwarf maple May 2016|
Notice the yellow iris in bloom in the pond.
|Dwarf cutleaf maple Acer palmatum|
I've started adding annuals in pots to the garden; this hanging basket of calibrachoa was the first.
Dude and Billy, along Penny Lane, patiently wait for their breakfast as I continue with my photo shoot.
The kitchen garden is ready for me to finish planting. The cool weather crops: lettuce, snowpeas and onions are in. Notice the bottom-left of the picture: the rhubarb went to seed early. I wasn't vigilant and only noticed its blooms when I took this photograph. How did I miss it? No rhubarb pie this year! What a bummer.
In the herb garden on the patio I planted more lettuce, also spinach, flat-leaf parsley and Swiss chard. There are rosemary and sage from last year, too. Also, I thing the borage plant is coming back.
The seedlings under the grow lights in the potting shed, and those in the house, are doing well. A few plants are ready to go into the ground ...
|Strawberries, fuschia and cosmos hardening off on the outside potting bench.|
Finally, the May 15 view from the den window. I've decided to take a picture from this location on the 15th of every month to mark the changes in my garden.
|The pond from the den window.|
As I said, the pictures in this posting were taken several days ago. I'll shoot more before the end of the month to observe the progress. Every day brings changes to my gardens. This is the BEST time of the year!
|Late daffodils frame one of the mini gardens|
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