Garden Blogger's Bloom Day for May

lavender2
Spanish Lavender, Barberry 'Orange Rocket', California Lilac (Ceanothus 'Black Diamond')

Spring is officially here (or is it Summer - it was 90 yesterday, ugh) and seemingly overnight, the garden is full of so many blooms that I can hardly keep up with all of them. An embarrassment of riches or a hot mess, I am not sure which I have. One thing is for sure - plants grow fast here in the Pacific Northwest.

I am pleased that there seems to be very few losses in the garden. We did have a mild winter. The advice from local gardeners that excellent drainage is the key to success for a wide range of plants is well taken. We have good drainage on our property already and I always add lots of additives as well as planting slightly above ground level.

The terraced beds are elevated and very dry although our clay-ish soil probably holds more moisture than I realize. Here are some of the plants in that area -
cerinthe-major
Cerinthe purpurascens (Honeywort) is a new plant for me. I got it at last year's plant swap. It is very happy in very average soil mulched with gravel and in full sun. The color of the flowers is intense!

helianthemum-fire-dragon-sun-rose
Helianthemum 'Fire Dragon' (Sun Rose) trailing over the pathway like I hoped it would.
lewisia-cotyledon-regenbogen-rainbow
Lewisia cotyledon 'Regenbogen' (Rainbow) - They keep dying on me and I keep trying. This is planted in
pure gravel with just a little soil. 

dianthus-rose-de-mai-2
Dianthus 'Rose de Mai', a purchase from Joy Creek. It hasn't done much until this year and it now covered with double, soft pink flowers.

parahebe-perfoliata-2
Parahebe perfoliata, another new plant that I stumbled across last year at the nursery where I work. 


Cistus crispus 'Decanso'

Another dry and difficult area is the hellstrip along the street. However, most of the things I planted there have returned with the exception of a few tender plants, like lantana and Mexican heather. The only blooms in that area now is Verbena 'Homestead Purple' which makes a wonderful groundcover.


verbena-homestead-purple
Verbena 'Homestead Purple'

The front garden is ablaze with color -


ceanothus-julia-phelps-california-lilac-2
Ceanothus 'Julia Phelps' (California Lilac) takes center stage.
ceanothus-lupines
Lupines being overtaken by the Ceanothus


ceonothus-black-diamond
Ceanothus 'Black Diamond' has variegated foliage.

papaver-orientale-beauty-of-livermere
Papaver orientale (Poppy) - I think this is 'Allegro' although it was labeled as 
'Beauty of Livermere'. 


clematis-montana-freda
Clematis montana 'Freda' tucked into the fence corner

allium-gladiator
Allium 'Gladiator'

rhododendron-anah-kruske
Rhododendron 'Anah Kruschke', the first one I planted.



mimulus-cardinalis-monkey-flower
Mimulus cardinalis (Monkey Flower)


korean-lilac
Korean Lilac 'Palibin' (Syringa meyeri)


euphorbia-characieas-wulfenii

Euphorbia characieas wulfenii


On to the back garden -

potentilla-gold-star
Potentilla 'Gold Star'


geranium-maculatum
Geranium maculatum


camellia-donation
Camellia 'Donation'
prostanthera-rotundifolia-australian-mint-bush
Prosanthera rotundifolia (Purple Flowering Mint Bush)


rhododendron-jean-marie-montague
Rhododendron 'Jean Marie de Montague' - I find this color impossible to photograph correctly.


peony-coral-sunset-2
Peony 'Coral Sunset'

thalactrum-meadow-rue
Meadow Rue (Thalictrum 'Black Stockings')

sweet-woodruff
Sweet Woodruff (Gallium odoratum)

brunnera-jack-frost
Brunnera 'Jack Frost'


lilac-sensation
Lilac (Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation')

And finally, the roses are just beginning -

rose-mutabalis
China Rose "Mutabalis'


rose-lady-of-shallot-2
David Austin Rose 'Lady of Shallot'


rose-gold-medal
Grandiflora rose 'Gold Medal'


rose-buff-beauty
Noisette Rose 'Buff Beauty'
Sorry for such a long post! Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is hosted by May Dreams Gardens. Check out what is blooming in other blogger's gardens around the world. 

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

Comments

  1. That photo labeled
    The front garden is ablaze with color
    is mouth-watering as is the one below it showing the contrasting colors of blue and orange
    All of your flowers look so good as to make me cry. Your Rosa mutabilis has dozens of blossoms while mine if I am lucky may have a dozen.

    ReplyDelete
  2. That must be one of my Cerinthe , I brought them to the swap last year . You'll have dozens soon ! Your garden is looking great !

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, I think it did come from you. I love it!

      Delete
  3. Your garden is wearing glorious May especially nicely! Long post? Who could tire of gazing at such beauty?

    ReplyDelete
  4. Oh Phillip, it is all looking fabulous. I don't think I could pick out a favorite. I hope you'll do a back yard tour, too. It's been a great spring for blooms, at least in my yard, but hot weather arrived and is bringing that cycle to an end, or maybe just a resting stage. Finally got some much needed rain yesterday. I hope your PNW summer is delightful and keeps your plants in top form.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hooray for the rain! I think we are actually behind here. I am hoping for an average summer but I bet it will be hotter.

      Delete
  5. Don't be sorry. I so enjoy seeing all the new (to me) plants that you can now grow. I am learning a lot about those plants. Happy GBBD.

    ReplyDelete
  6. What a bloom day you are having. Such gorgeous plants and color. I know we couldn't grow many of those plants here in Texas I am tempted to try mainly because they look small and manageable. The helianthemum is particularly delicious.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Honeywort are lovely, keep an eye out as they reseed freely.
    You captured the Lupines and Ceanothus just perfectly: although the "overtaking" part may not have been intentional, the result is stunning.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular Posts