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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, May 2014

It's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, and May is embarrassing in its richness. How do I resist the urge to show every flower in all its glory?

Pacific Coast Iris

Last spring (a year ago) when I divided and replanted my PCIs, I lost track of what was what. Somehow I managed to put the right color Iris with the right Heuchera.

The lines act as guide lines for bees, leading them into the flower where they'll find pollen. I watched as one bee flitted from flower to flower, doing just that.

Two more fortuitous plant combos:

Antique rose PCI with Gold Heart Dicentra, a gold-spotted Farfugium and a gold-edged Hosta.

Gold and burgundy PCI ensnared by a bronze-leaved Carex

Nearby in the shade garden:

Diphyllea cymosa

Podophyllum pleianthum

Arisaema triphyllum

Sinopodophyllum hexandrum

And in the sun (of which we've had a lot lately):

Rheum palmatum

A PNW native Delphinium

Geum triflorum (grown from seed a few years ago)

Hardy Geranium Vision Light Pink (also grown easily from seed), flowering right now throughout my garden in great quantities

And in other parts of the garden:



Aquilegia 'Clementine Red'

Thalictrum ichangense

Lewisia in the gravel garden



Camassia and yellow Corydalis

Verbsacum phaeum

Centaurea montana



Lonicera involucrata

A few last Epimedium flowers

Anthriscus sylvestris and Ostrich fern


Shrubby Clematis

The wall that runs along the border between my garden and my neighbor Mary's is looking quite lush and colorful. That's not weeds at the base, it's this year's California poppies, sprouted from the seeds produced by last year's plants.

Further down on that same wall, Saponaria ocymoides and Geranium macrorhizum

Ninebark (you can see the shrub in the previous photo far at the back on the right)

That's not everything, I could go on and on. But it's enough.

Carol Michel at May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Go to her post here, and check out all the other posts from bloggers around the world who are celebrating their flowers.