Well, I’m late for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day again, but my excuse is that I returned from California late in the day and I was lucky just to get some pictures much less get them posted. The next day saw mammoth rain storms that have closed roads and bridges all over Frederick County. At the moment we’ll just feel lucky that we live on the top of a hill. Actually it’s not just luck. We lived on a part of George Washington’s River Farm in our previous house complete with flooded basements so we compensated for that. I think you are allowed to learn only one thing each time you move. Anyway there were a few charmers in bloom when I got back, although a few hot days had accelerated through a few blooms. As noted above the Pink Rhododendron above is one of our favorites.
It’s cousins, the Azaleas, are also showing magnificently. Two particular examples are Exbury Hybrids.
The first of the herbaceous Peonies is in bloom as well.
Two of the many Columbines are worth noting as well.
Right nearby to the Pink Columbine is the first sighting of the Clematis ‘Niobe’ for the year.
At the side of the garage is a very reliable Korean Lilac.
We forgot about planting this one twice and assumed it was dead in dried out pot. Each time it returned to life so I finally gave it a good home and it is happily blooming now. Right next to it is a quite cute little Enkianthus that is blooming now.
One of my favorite rock garden plants is Edraianthus. One is blooming in a little trough right now.
Another Edraianthus just coming into bloom is one of the best cushion plants we have.
Another trough specimen is the Silver Sax at the back door.
In the greenhouse a white-pink Bougainvillea is fully in bloom.
Time to move this one outside.
Also there is a Zephyranthus with pretty notable color.
And the Pomegranate in the greenhouse is well into bloom.
Finally Beth has been picking Iris for use in the house.
And let me close with a picture I took in California of one of the plants from the Univ of Calif Botanic Garden (deserving of a blog post all on it’s own)
Well this year the beginning of May is hello time for the first of the Peonies. My favorite is probably the species Paeonia rockii shown above. It’s named for Joseph Rock, an early 20th century plant explorer. There are many hybrids derived from this tree peony.
Actually the first Peony to bloom for us is Molly the Witch. Although it doesn’t have the yellow color that the Mollys are famous for, it’s still a very pleasing flower.
The next one in line is another species Peony, Paeonia osti.
And then we have two herbaceous species. One is Paeonia obovata.
And then a larger flowered, stronger growing version, Paeonia obovata var. willmottiae.
Both of these are characterized by lovely foliage and large, exotic-looking seeds on into the Fall.
And then we have the larger, well-established tree peonies.
Other highlights right now are the Moroccan Poppies that overwintered in the Alpine Bed.
I had no reason to expect that these would be evergreen all winter and then come on like gangbusters as the season progresses.
Next to them are several Lewisias.
Also in the same bed is the Pink Betony that I am absolutely loving this year. It is feathery to touch and abundant in it’s flowering.
In one of the troughs at the front of the greenhouse the Gentians are doing what Gentians are supposed to do.
In another trough a campanula (whose name I have forgotten) is having pronounced bloom out of the tufa rock with Viola pedata nearby.
It’s worth noting that this is also the time of year to be grabbing seeds to share with other gardeners in the seed exchanges.
I was also very pleased to see that the Jack in a Pulpits had moved further up the slope of our backwoods toward the house. Two more clumps were found at least 70 feet further up the hill than ever before. I’m amazed that they spread so fast.