We're already half-way through May, can you believe it! This spring has been one of the oddest I've experienced since moving here...and definitely the weirdest since I started gardening here. Usually, we can count on cool, rainy weather until at least the middle of June...but we've been lacking in rain this year. I heard on the news the other day that this has been the driest year on record...and I believe it. We actually almost hit 90° a few days in the past few weeks...ugh.
Luckily, for the most part, the garden seems no worse for wear...but I really hope we return to something akin to normal weather next year!
If April was all about Tulips and Daffodils, then May is about Alliums and Iris. This purple/white beauty is one of the Iris I inherited with the house...love it!
You know I love Alliums...I just wish they were a little more reliably perennial. This is Allium 'Early Emperor' paired with the wonderful chartreuse foliage of Geranium 'Ann Folkard'
As luck would have it, the bloom time of Alliums coincides with the Amsonias...which makes for some nice, subtle combos.
This is the oldest and largest of my Amsonia hubrichtii...now in it's 4th year...and it's ENORMOUS! I've never been wowed by the blooms before...but where there are this many, it's pretty awesome!
An asian Amsonia relative, Rhazya orientalis...love the darker blue blooms...can't wait for this puppy to get bigger.
One of my favorite plants, Knautia...this is the variety 'Melton Pastels', which has a nice variety of colors, from the standard reddish-pink to palest mauve.
I think the plain reddish ones are still my fave, though!
I can't tell if this is early for Geranium 'Rozanne' to be blooming...but I'm pretty sure it is earlier than usual.
You can hardly top Centranthus ruber for easy color. This plant pops up all over town, it's proclivity for reseeding ensures it will always be around.
Perhaps my favorite Astrantia, 'Roma' starts off almost white and will darken to a silvery pink color over the next few weeks.
My favorite Allium, Allium cristophii...love those amazingly intricate blooms, like an elaborate metal sculpture.
After years of killing this plants, I've come to realize that Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve' wants absolutely no summer water. I have it planted in an out-of-the-way spot along the fence where I totally ignore it and it blooms practically all year long.
I bought a bunch of Columbine 'Tequila Sunrise' a few years ago, and they have all but disappeared, but their progeny remains. The nice benefit of these seedlings is that they appear randomly in a nice mix of colors...this one is mostly yellow.
A new Allium for me this year, and one I'm really loving, 'Early Emperor'.
Another great Allium, 'Gladiator'.
Another new Iris from Schreiners, the aptly named 'Hello Darkness'. I'm just totally crushing over those inky purple flowers.
Another Astrantia, 'Ruby Wedding', just starting to bloom. The blooms will continue to darken over the next few weeks, eventually turning blood red.
Another Iris that came with the house, but has just bloomed for the fist time this year...what a great surprise!
Another wonderful Geranium, 'Ann Folkard'. Sadly, the weather this year hasn't been to its liking...it grew big and tall...then flopped open. Sigh.
A new Persicaria...one used mostly as groundcover, Persicaria affinis. I fell in love with it at Joy Creek a few weeks ago, due to it's wonderful red foliage (a winter trait), but the blooms are nice too.
In the category of "almost blooming" is my Lupine 'Gallery Blue'. It's the only Lupine of the six I planted years ago, to return every year...and I'm so glad for it...the color is fabulous. There is a tiny Lupinus 'Thomas Church' next to it, which is also going to bloom...but it super-tiny.
Wrapping thigs up, heres the front border looking North.
The front border looking South.
The Backyard looking North.
The Backyard looking South.
And the whole shebang. For more bloomerific goodness, check out Carol at May Dreams Garden...and Happy GBBD!