Friday, May 14, 2010
May Blooms For You
Welcome to Bloom Day at C&L! My head is full of spring flowers from my whirlwind visit to the UK, but, here we are heading into summer. Phlox pilosa the Practically Perfect Pink Phlox is still blooming. It's a wonderful traveler about the garden, although, it is not a plant that smothers other plants. If I've sent you a slip, you will have plenty to share and move to other garden spots! Go here for the full story on PPPP!
It plays nicely with Ox Eye Daisy~although, this daisy makes a mat that no flowers can grow through.
After PPPP, Penstemon X, officially known as Penstemon calycosus, is my favorite late spring/May bloomer. The lavender/pink blooms provide nectar to bumbles and while I was taking this photo, a hummingbird was stopping to feed.
Too fast for this photographer to capture, but, it was gratifying to know that they visit.
I've let it seed everywhere and move the babies the first year to other spots that need late spring color. P calycosus is not particular about soil or sun....I found it growing in the wayback backyard in a mossy wet weather springs area the first spring we lived here. Now that's a great plant. Id-ing this plant was a journey and finally the folks at Growild agreed it was P calycosus. For X's story go here.
P digitalis 'Husker Red' has a white flower, tinted purple at one end and red stems/leaves. The flower is less hairy and not quite as sticky looking. It has not reseeded as madly as Penstemon X in my garden.
Speaking of reseeding madly! I don't know where the Showy Evening Primrose came from~Maybe a packet of seeds from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center when I attended Austin Spring Fling in 2008. If you have one you'll soon have hundreds! It seeds and runs wild. I quite like it in lawns, just not all over my flower beds.
Comfrey was growing wild in the hedgerows, empty lots and in the prettiest gardens in the UK. I use it to counteract the small leaf problem that seems to be prevalent here! The flower is especially pretty dancing above the large rough looking leaves. I've heard it's makes a great compost tea.
Not sure which one this is, but I totally enjoy gaura in the Susan's Bed and the GOBN. They bloom from spring to the first frost.
One of my $2 clemmies~It looks like Jackmanii.
Red Cascade miniature rose...can climb or frolic across the garden. This one is growing on a metal gate I retrieved from a dumpster. It's growing in semi-shade in the Garden Of Benign Neglect.
This delightful surprise is growing up and around a bird feeder in the Porch Wildflower bed. I ordered Clematis pitcheri from Native Gardens two springs ago~I don't think this is it!
It has the leaf shape of Leatherflower, but not the flower. It twines nicely.
Monarda bradburiana looking a little off color. This monarda captured my heart when we visited the Lurie Garden at Spring Fling last year. It would have better color in full sun....that's my memory of it at the Lurie. It can take dry conditions! A monarda that likes it on the dry shade. Wow!
I love how our native columbine. Aquilegia canadensis blooms a long time. I've never tried dead heading them to see if they rebloom~but would love to see them combined with later blooming perennials. I need to write that down!
Goldflame Honeysuckle is thought to be a hybrid between Lonicera sempervirens and L. americana. The flowers and fragrance of this honeysuckle are wonderful. I've planted it by my mosaic shed, but wish it were sunnier near the porch, I would plant it there~then we could smell that delicious fragrance all summer.
General McMahon Peony is a double flowered watermelon red beauty that grows nicely in my semi-shaded conditions, but really shines in the sun.
I like the strong rose fragrance and the straight branches that make this one a great flower for a vase.
An unknown, double peony that has no fragrance and bobs about on weak stems...I actually prefer this almost opening stage!
If you've had fun here...just wait til you pop over to see our hostess, Carol at May Dream's Gardens and the links to hundreds of blogs all over the globe. It is May and can you imagine all the wonderful plants you'll see! But, don't take my word for it go there now!
I am especially grateful to have flowers. Many of my Nashville neighbors lost more then the few blooms I might be missing! It's getting better here in Music City, but there is still a long way to go.
Hoping your spring is filled with beautiful flowers and delightful experiences.