15 May 2015

May 2015 Bloom Day

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day
What's blooming in the garden on the 15th of the month

Projects (including working in the garden,) have been taking time away from blogging this spring.

Nothing much on this bloom day, my 16th since blogging. Bearded iris galore, but you've seen them last year. May is a dead time in my garden before most impressive perennials get going and after the spring bulbs. So I tried for some smaller closeups, but need to get a new camera - this pocket Cannon Elph I used for all my photos over the past 12 years is beginning to show age with less and less clarity.

Kalmia latifolia 'Sarah' is "one of the reddest mountain laurels" according to the catalog.
This is one of the first plants I bought years ago after moving into my house.



Iris hollandica 'Discovery'. I divided one clump last fall into three this spring.
They are not as impressive (spread apart), but maybe next year...



Add unknown geranium sanguineum. Spreads like crazy, blooming intermittently throughout summer.


Geranium macrorrhizum 'Bevan's variety'


Camassia leichtlinii never takes a bad picture


Couldn't resist adding an annual I really like this year - petunia 'Phantom'

For other garden bloggers' bloom day photos, spring over to the blog May Dreams Gardens
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14 comments:

Jean Campbell said...
Happy Bloom Day. You did find some nice blossoms.

I used to have the same opinion of May until I started looking for things to attract butterflies after the flush of spring bloom when nectar was scarce. I started with Sweet William Dianthus barbatus.
Swimray said...
Jean,
I found camassia by visiting my local botanical garden at this time of year and taking notes of what it had blooming. I like Dianthus if it is not tiny.
Ray
Dorothy Borders said...
Marvelous colors. I particularly like that anonymous geranium. Happy Bloom Day.
Bernie H said...
You've shared some lovely blooms. I particularly love that Petunia.
Lea said...
Love the Iris!
Have a great week-end!
Lea
rusty duck said...
That camassia is gorgeous, I must get a white one!
Alana said...
I loved the mountain laurel. May June be better for you! (I also read your tulip post from April with interest. I have a love/hate relationship with tulips, but sounds like mine do better than yours.)
Jason said...
That is a dramatic mountain laurel! Reminds me of the ones my mother grew in her garden when I was growing up.
Pauline said...
Your Kalmia is so beautiful in texture as well as colour! Do the white Camassia last longer in flower than the blue ones, I find they go over so quickly?
Swimray said...
Dorothy: The geranium was picked up at a neighborhood plant swap. Not many neighbors know what they are growing - fine with me.

Bernie: Yes, the petunia was unusual - I usually don't care for the striped ones, but the dark color was an exception.

Lea: Thanks!!! Drop by again.

Rusty: I though the white would look better in the shady area i had planned. Now I find they want more sun.

Alana: My Mom's tulips always did well (where I grew up up the street in Oakdale.)
Swimray said...
Jason: It is growing better with more light now that the thug hollies have been removed.

Pauline: I don't know if it is different. The white I have lasts about 2-3 weeks. It is in a somewhat shady area, so that may help it last longer. The leaves look terrible afterwards.
-Ray
Dee Nash said...
I love the petunias 'Phantom' and 'Party Dress.' They are so unique. I didn't realize you'd been blogging for 12 years. That's a long time, much longer than I. Thank you for blogging. I know how much work it is. Happy Bloom Day!~~Dee
Swimray said...
Dee,
I've been blogging for 7 years (seems like forever though) but using the camera for 12 years.
Ray
Jan Johnsen said...
Great shots! and great info...thanks!