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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day -- May 2013

It's May 15 which means it's time to celebrate Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. With our recent 3-week stretch of warm, sunny weather, followed by drenching rain, things are really popping in my garden (including the weeds, better get on that).

The bed in the front garden, under the Forest Pansy redbud and the paperbark maple, got lots of divisions of hardy Geranium, Armeria and Dianthus last fall after the trees went in. They're blooming all along the wall that separates my garden from the neighbor's gravel driveway.

A pink Pink

I planted some tall Alliums in that bed last fall too, close to the front, about which now I'm saying "What was I thinking?" I must not have realized quite how tall they would get.

There are some pretty flowers in the gravel garden too.



Hardy Geranium 'Margaret Wilson'

Spanish lavender and Carex testacea

There are Alliums in the tall culvert planters too, here with a backdrop of lilacs

Echium russicum is preparing to flower, disguised as a Nepeta flower spike. I hope the Echium will eventually turn red.

The back garden is full of flowers too.

Red Oriental poppy

White Oriental poppy

Looks like candy!


Native Camassia

In white too, but this one has variegated leaves, which you'll see tomorrow for Foliage Followup

Jack in the pulpit in the shade garden

Last fall I pulled out a bunch of columbines to make way for some more interesting shade foliage plants, but I did leave a few.

I prefer single Columbines, with those long, elegant spurs

Native Aquilegia formosa with maidenhair fern

The tips of Indian paintbrush are coloring up

Looking a bit like Queen Anne's Lace on steroids, Heracleum maximum aka cow parsnip is growing way back in a dark corner. It's another favorite native.

In late winter I dug and divided all my Pacific Coast irises, replanted some and potted up the rest. Now the only one flowering is one of the potted up divisions.

I bought this Enkianthus last year about this time, but only got it in the ground a few weeks ago. It's flowering beautifully.

I hope you enjoyed this look at what's flowering now in my garden, here in Zone 7b/8a Washington. Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is the brainchild of Carol Michel of the blog May Dreams Gardens. Every month on the 15th, bloggers from around the world post about what's flowering in their gardens. You can find links to their posts here.

Happy Garden Bloggers Bloom Day!


  1. Lots of beauties blooming! Weeds are doing great here too. :) I really love the Camassia!

  2. Alison, I love the natives you have coming up in your garden! The Indian paintbrush is a real treat to see! The blooms on the Enkianthus are darling. Might have to put that plant on my wish list! Happy GBBD! Cheers, Jenni

  3. Wow your Echium russicum looks nothing like mine, but more like one of the larger blue blooming types (esp. with the leaves arching off the stem). Do you remember where you bought it? I'm curious what it will look like as the blooms progress, please keep us informed!

  4. Happy bloom day Alison! Everything is looking beautiful! I also prefer single columbines with the long, elegant spurs. Enkianthus is so sweet and you don't see it in a lot of gardens. Getting excited about Saturday!

  5. Your natives are interesting. I like also your variegated geranium. Your yellow Columbine has such long elegant spurs, I'm trying to grow some from seed but none have come up, unlike the single white 'Crystal Star' which I overseeded and they are jammed together in their little pot. Your West Coast iris is elegant, the large signals and contrast of the dark veins looks like a fireworks explosion. Peach/apricot are my favorite flower colors.

  6. A delight to see your blooms of the moment Alison!

  7. You know how much I just adore them! Also...I'm so jealous of those pink/purple Verbascums...drool!

  8. I love your poppies! they are truly amazing! And that spanish lavender has always been a favourite of mine!

  9. Cow parsnip...I'll have to try it. And yes, poppies do look like candy inside. Thanks for sharing your beautiful shots!

  10. The blue of your Camassia is perfect. Everything looks wonderful!

  11. Lots of wonderful flowers! The poppies, verbascum, and camassia are gorgeous. Also the Indian paintbrush, wish I had some.

  12. Your garden looks wonderful, Alison! And the photos of the poppies are absolutely delicious! Happy belated GBBD!

  13. Your garden is in fabulous full May flower! I love the oriental poppies. We grew them at our last house and I was always fascinated with the huge seed heads, both during and after bloom. The camas are lovely and perfect here in the PNW. We've planted quite a few Pacific Coast Irises, but all but one seem to be in the lavender and blue shades: your lovely apricot/gold one looks so different. Happy (belated) Bloom Day, Alison!


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