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Friday, May 15, 2015

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day -- May, 2015

Q: If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?

A: Pilgrims.

Did schoolchildren here on the West coast tell that silly joke too? Growing up in Massachusetts, living for 25+ years only one town away from Lexington and Concord, where the American Revolution began, I was raised with a very concrete awareness of early American history. That little tidbit is, of course, neither here nor there.

It's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, hosted by Carol Michel of May Dreams Gardens. In the case of this May, our May flowers have brought even more May flowers. Also, yes, we're having showers, but we really could use some heavy rain. Here in the PNW we are heading into the dry summer season with a major deficit of precipitation.

The lilacs at the end of the driveway are again loaded with flowers, although I do nothing to them.

The scent seems to perfume the entire neighborhood

Chives in the herb garden are flowering

And the ornamental Alliums too

One Brugmansia flower survived the recent repotting
One of my Daturas, grown from seed last year, is finally flowering. It never grew big enough to flower last year, so I dug it and overwintered it in the greenhouse. But now I'm sadly disappointed. It was supposed to be a double purple flower.

Not a double flower

Only the backside is purple.

Abutilon 'Red Tiger' enjoying some fresh spring air

California poppies have started opening on these recent sunny days

Centaurea dealbata

Lunaria annua/Honesty/Money plant


Primula bulleyana

The very last Dicentra 'Valentine'


I'm not sure if the fab foliage is photo-bombing my shot of the 'Gold Heart' Dicentra flowers, or if it's the other way around.


Clematis 'Josephine'

My bear grass (Xerophyllum tenax) is flowering after 5 years in the ground

I have a variety of self-sown Columbines flowering all over the garden.

And our PNW native Aquilegia formosa

And, in the category of incipient flowers:

Magnolia macrophylla

Callistemon 'Woodlander's Hardy' -- the shrub is covered in these cool flower buds

A second Callistemon is also going to flower heavily

Peony 'Cora Louise,' an Itoh peony

An herbacious peony is all set to burst

A couple of Bromeliads are getting ready to flower too.

The Cardiocrinum gets taller every day

I'm excited to see it open

Are you celebrating Garden Bloggers Bloom Day? Lots of garden bloggers do. You'll find Carol Michel's post at May Dreams Gardens here, as well as links to other bloggers around the world.


  1. That puffy white thing is the flower of the bear grass? Weird (but cool). I'd no idea.

  2. After the Lilacs, I didn't hear a word you said. I recovered in time to remember that maybe I am going to see a brom bloom too. Happy Bloom Day.

  3. Oh, you and Peter with your hothouse Brugs. Mine are still sticks.

  4. Your cardiocrinum is going to bloom? Your cardiocrinum is going to bloom!! Lucky girl. Your photography just keeps getting better and better--you have so many gorgeous shots.

  5. The native aquilegia is lovely. But, oh my, cardiocrinum. Looking forward to seeing that!

  6. My Bear grass has been blooming every year , but last year it took a break . Happily it's blooming again !

  7. Gorgeous lilacs! I'll bet they smell amazing too. Such beautiful shots of the allium also. I just picked up a native aquilegia last weekend. They are quite dainty.
    Happy Bloom Day.

  8. Oh my Alison, those are some gorgeous blooms! Yes, of course we told the same old joke in Texas. One town over, wow, I wish we had blogs then! Was that in Lincoln or Bedford maybe? We lived at Hanscom for three years from 97 to 00. I loved to visit the Lyman greenhouse and Mahoney's with their acres under cover just to get through the winter.

  9. Such cool treasures - the bear grass and the Cardiocrinum and that unusual Callistemon! Strange how the lilac ends up flowering at the same time for you as for us, despite your winter and spring being so much milder and spring so much more drawn out!

  10. Your lilac is gorgeous and there's nothing quite like that sweet fragrance! I also have a Cardiocrinum that will bloom this year. Isn't that fast Jack and the Bean stock growth cool? Love the bear grass bloom! That deep purple columbine is a beauty!

  11. Self sewn columbine are so interesting. You never know what you'll end up with. I love that you have bear grass!

  12. Your May flower joke made me chuckle, I'd never heard it before! First thing tomorrow morning I'm going to look at the bear grass, what if it bloomed without me even noticing!!!?

    Hope you have an amazing time in. California!

  13. Nice blooms pics you have there Alison, from subtle to bold shades and shapes!

  14. Serious envy of your Cardiocrinum! You have so many beautiful flowers, your garden must be so colourful at the moment!

  15. Beautiful shots of your May finery Alison :)

  16. Such wonderful flowers and photos of them. .... magnificent photographic work ...
    Greetings, Karin

  17. Spring is in full bloom in your garden! Lovely!

  18. Your lilac is glorious! Is that Bear Grass really a grass? I have never seen a grass flower like that. Hope you do get some rain very soon.

  19. Hello! I'm happy to see another Washington state blogger, though from your pictures, I'm guess you must be over on the west side.
    Beautiful photos, by the way, and such gorgeous blooms!
    Happy (late) Bloom Day!


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