It is mayhem around here. With the new gardening jobs I have neglected my own which I vowed wouldn’t happen! This weekend is for my garden no matter what. Besides I have a tour happening Memorial Day weekend and the place has to look good! (Insert loud, languishing scream of torment here.) Trays of plants waiting to be planted, piles of mulch and stone waiting to be dispersed and there is that lesson from last year haunting me – you will get the edging done in Spring. It heckles me every day. At least we now have a running lawnmower – we have yet to mow the lawn as it was in for repair. (Sigh) someday, there won’t be any lawn to mow.
All in all, despite my neglect, I still so enjoy my garden and things are boom-boom-blooming!
The Serviceberry, Amelanchier Laevis, is just about done blooming – but I captured its blooms a couple days ago. I wish the blooms would last longer – maybe when the tree is older? Anyway, I am just glad I didn’t miss the first opening. It usually blossoms right around Mother’s Day and we usually travel to see Mom.
I love the Woodland Edge in Spring – it is my favorite with the morning sun streaming through it. There are many woodland flowers, bulbs, shrubs and understory trees (including the Serviceberry), but I still want to add more – especially some wildflower ephemerals.
Did I mention it is very windy here today? We always seem to have wind like Wyoming. Thus, some of my flower shots are a blur. There are wild violets everywhere, but at the tip of the new Hosta Row I came across this white one. Isn’t she a beauty?
At the edge of the compost, a Celandine Poppy is blooming. I am not sure whether it is Chelidonium Majus (European) or Stylophorum dyphyllum (a North American native) since I do not have both to compare them side by side. These volunteered in my yard and well, a lot of invasives like to volunteer in my garden so I’m betting on Chelidonium. I’ll know for sure when the seed pods form. How do I know this? Kathy Purdy of Cold Climate Gardening recently posted on the Celandine Poppy – as usual, an excellent and informative post.
Also blooming everywhere are the friendly forget-me-nots. I have even spied a few pink ones here and there!
There is a lot of flowering action out front where I don’t often go. I haven’t even finished cleaning up last years stalks but that is not stopping anyone.
I had visions of looking into a beautifully branched flowering tree from my front porch view (instead of into the street). This little tree has grown very fast and I can already see the tip of it from the porch. (I used to have a Cornelian Cherry here that was not happy and has since passed on, unfortunately.)
This year, this tree that I thought was a cherry but might actually be a crabapple, will be blooming! This tree started as a seedling in one of my window boxes from when I used a few branches with a beautiful red berry on them for my winter display. I thought they were cherries but there is no evidence of black knot gall which is prevalent here and affects most of our cherry trees. I guess I will know for sure if this tree fruits this year.
The Purple Prince Crabapples will also be blooming any day.
Around the side of the house where I rarely venture, Spice or Clove Currant, Ribes Odoratum, is in full bloom. I can smell those blooms all the way into the house!
On the other (shadier) side of the house, newly acquired Brunnera and Lungwort Pulmonaria are blooming.
Soon the Dogwood shrubs will be blooming but I am enjoying the emerging leaves of Golden Shadows Pagoda Dogwood! A young tree I planted last year and that the rabbits only nipped a bit.
My older Pagoda Dogwood will have blooms soon, too. I just love the Dogwoods. I just love Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day hosted by Carol at Maydreams Gardens – it makes one stop to smell the flowers even in the middle of mayhem!