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'Dublin Bay' with lupine and Clematis 'Jackmanii Superba' on our front gate I hope the colors in my rose photos come out okay as I suffered an accident involving a tree limb and my eyeball. Day one was agony (and of course it would happen on a Sunday) but I am feeling better today and after seeing my eye doctor this morning, I feel a lot better. It actually happened on a good weekend as the weather is too hot to be working in the garden. I decided to work on photos I've taken over the past few weeks to recuperate and escape the heat. Of course, that involves working on the computer and in Gimp in which great eyesight is needed. Bear with me! 'Lady of Shalott' The roses got off to a late start this year because of the cool spring. It has also been wet which has encouraged black spot. Powdery mildew doesn't seem to be as bad this year.  'Alchymist' 'Mary Rose' 'Marie Pavie' 'Lady Emma Hamilton' 'Gertrude Jekyll' bei

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day May 2022

This is the first Bloom Day post I've done this year. We are having a very late Spring. The weather has been cold and wet with a record amount of rain in April and I'm thinking that the same will happen in May. I am not going to complain about that. It is difficult to anticipate the best dates for open garden days and such. I've tentatively scheduled an open day on the last Sunday of May but I'm thinking now that I should move the date back. We shall see.

I view the blooming of the pink dogwood as the start of spring here in our garden. This dogwood was the largest tree here when we moved in. It is a beauty although for the past two years - including this one - the blooms are heavier towards the bottom and sparse at the top. I have no idea what causes this and have failed to find an answer either on the Internet or asking around. If anyone knows why this happens, I'd be interested to know.

Dogwood - heavy blooms at the bottom but thin at the top

The peony buds are opening -

'High Noon'

'Shima Nishiki'

The only azalea in the garden - 'Cherry Drops'

Borage - I put it in a pot after hearing about its aggressive behavior.

Picea abies 'Pusch' - not really blooms but worthy of inclusion!

Clematis montana 'Freda'

I like the way it compliments Barberry 'Rose Glow'

Geum 'Mango Lassie'

In a pot - Euphorbia 'Martinii' and pansies

Euphorbia 'Ascot Rainbow'

Daphne 'Carol Mackie'

Rhododendron 'Unique Variegated'

Visit May Dreams Gardens for more garden bloggers who are sharing May blooms.

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. The bloom pattern on the dogwood is peculiar. I hope someone could comment an explanation. I love how you match up Euphorbia 'Martinii' and pansies in a pot. Very cool.

  2. Dogwood is so beautiful. There's one on my street, just finished blooming, but still a nice round tree. Oh, borage! I wouldn't count on it keeping to itself in a pot. The seeds will still end up all over the place. My original two plants have multiplied each year, but they're where I don't mind.

  3. Here if the top growth (flowers and foliage) on the top of a tree is sparse, it's not enough water. But of course my climate is very different! Was your last rainy season a dry one? The Dogwood is magnificent nonetheless.

    Really enjoy seeing all the plants we don't see here: Daphne, Rhododendrons, Spruce, herbaceous Peony.

    That combo of the Euphobia and Viola is striking, too.

  4. Oh, wow, that pink dogwood is just incredible! You have so many beautiful blooms. I am full of envy.

  5. You have a good showing for what's effectively early spring there, Phillip. I love the dogwood even with its sparse top. The Picea is gorgeous too and, like HB, I was struck by the Euphorbia/Viola mix. While you're understandably annoyed with the cold, wet conditions up your way, I can't help being envious as our drought situation grows uglier by the day.

  6. Borage ! I pulled up 3 of them today. The seedlings are easy to ID and pull though and the bees love the flowers so I make sure I always have a couple around. Love your E. martinii with the pansies--a knockout combo !

  7. Hi Phillip, your Clematis montana 'Freda' is so thick and lush looking. It's clearly very happy in that spot. And I agree with others that your euphorbia / viola combo is something special. Lovely.

  8. Beautiful! I especially like the Euphorbia and Pansies together.
    Have a blessed day!

  9. I am looking forward to your open garden again! I know we need all this water, but really, THIS much? The blooms and combinations are beautiful. Our pink dogwood did that same thing one year, but came back the next. This year it is full of blooms to the top. I wish I knew the answer....

  10. I think it is amazing that your barberry doesn't pop up everywhere. Around here they are considered invasive. The clematis growing up in yours looks great with the barberry.
    We have a magnolia that does what your dogwood does in years where there is a late frost or freeze. Maybe yours was frost bitten.


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