Friday, May 15, 2015

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - May 2015

Happy 15th of the month and Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day! It's so nice to have a monthly check-in that I've created a Bloom Day tab in the navigation bar. I don't plan to use this day each month as an inventory of every single plant in my yard, but I would like to highlight the ones that have got my attention.

This Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day is also extra special because I have a Ruby Falls weeping redbud arriving by UPS this afternoon! I've had my eye on this tree for a long time and I can't wait to give it a home (and hopefully it likes clay soil more than my poor Japanese maple).

Lavandula angustifolia 'Wee One'
Lavandula angustifolia 'Wee One'
My dwarf lavender "Wee One" is blooming. I have two of them, both ordered from High Country Gardens. One is doing great and the other is just okay - it's still alive and putting up new shoots but had about half the stems die back. It'll be fine!

lavenderlavendar flower

Next up, my Armeria maritima 'Dusseldorf Pride' is doing amazing! I've been dead-heading the old flowers and it's putting up so many more! They just keep coming! It's amazing especially because they come out of this little lump of what looks like grass, it's like magic - how many blooms are hiding in there?

dusseldorf pride flowering
Armeria maritima 'Dusseldorf Pride'
little night flower
Salvia sylvestris 'Little Night'
little henry flower
Itea virginica 'Sprich' Little Henry
after eight lily
Lilium 'After Eight'
Ok, so I like to note that all of the things I have in bloom above were bought and planted this Spring, so they are not growing from the ground up. Everything below, however, was planted last year and has grown from the ground - which gives a much better indicator of true bloom time here in Indiana.

annabelle hydrangea bud
Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' - plants are now above the knee and have buds forming!
Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’
Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’
hand on big leafHosta ‘Sum and Substance’

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