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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day -- May 2018

It's once again Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, so yesterday on one of the hottest days of the spring so far I walked around the garden and took note with my camera of what was flowering in mid-May. Our weather lately has been sunny and warm and I've been spending every spare moment in the garden, working on revamping a bed in the back, potting up tuberous Begonias, moving the tender plants out of the greenhouse, etc., etc., etc.

I barely have the time or energy or inclination to blog or take photos of what I'm doing. I'm pushing myself to get as much done as possible before I hit the wall of complete and utter exhaustion, burn out, or die, whichever comes first.

Anyway, here's what's flowering in my garden.

Begonia boliviensis

Dicentra 'Gold Heart'

A sea of Anthriscus sylvestris

Lamium orvala

Saxifraga 'London Pride'

Soapwort, hardy Geranium, Dicentra formosa and yellow Corydalis

Flowers flowering


I also have some plummy frilly Columbines flowering in another bed, where they have sown themselves in a strange variety of forms.

Crambe maritima flowering in the pot ghetto

Magnolia laevifolia flowered a week ago and is finished now, but I've included it here for recording purposes
Silene 'Ray's Golden Campion'

Pacific Coast Iris in the front bed

Two diofferent PCIs mingling -- they need thinning and dividing

Lavandula stoechas 'Boysenberry Ruffles'

Alyssum and hardy Geranium

Grevillea 'Canberra Gem'

Grevillea 'Canberra Gem'

Allium being admired by my array of head planters

Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day on the 15th of every month. Check out her post here.


  1. OMG, I'm so jealous of your Anthriscus...I can't keep that happy, for some reason! What do you find the best time to divide PCIs is? I've lost them when trying to move them in the past :-(

  2. Looking at the last photo, I can see why you and Peter are garden pals!

  3. Ain't May grand? Loving this weather and playing outside right now. Your blooms are fabulous. Isn't it funny how columbines create such interesting offspring? It's always fun to introduce one or two new ones to the mix to see what an addition to the genetic pool will do. Maybe you need a t-shirt that says "Garden Til You Die." Happy GBBD pal!

  4. The PCI's in that front raised bed! And the plummy columbines. I finally pulled all my Crambe maritima, which was getting shaded by a grevillea. Love that plant even though it never once bloomed for me. Now you're going to get those great knobby seedheads -- jealous!

  5. Oh, so many pretty blossoms! The past 3 months have been busy for me and now there are few things blooming without my help. I certainly didn't want to show memorial service flowers. Plummy columbines sure are pretty.

  6. Mutant columbines?! I love your front bed with all the Pacific Coast Iris. I dream of having a mass of Iris like that some day. (All it takes for me to go off the rails and imagine a miracle like that is one year's halfway decent performance on the part of a particular plant.)

  7. The great thing about killing yourself in the garden in May is that you get to be up close and personal with all those blooms! I love your Pacific Coast iris!

  8. Oh I'm so taken with your blooms this month Alison ! That Lavender 'Boysenberry Ruffles',the Columbines, and a blooming Crambe maritima. I've had a lone plant of Anthriscus for years with not a single seedling until this year when suddenly there are two-and in really inconvenient locations.

  9. Lovely colorful blossoms in your garden. Love your garden with small pebble stones, pink cranes. These are added beauty for your garden:)

  10. OK, "Boysenberry Ruffles" is my next lavender, my 8th variety! (I love your "funnies" on the left!)

  11. Beautiful! We sell 'Boysenberry Ruffles' and I had not idea it looked like this.

  12. Looks great! Love the Silene and the mixed Irises.

  13. Every flower is dramatic in itself ,specially liked frilly columbines cant grow it in our region.


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