Time to take stock on mid-May flowering around Ball Rd. We’ve been having great weather for the plants — rain every couple days and temps in the 70′s. Front and center for us is the arrival of the first of the Bearded Iris.
We have a long row of Iris and this is the first of four to come in so far. The fragrance of the Iris is designed to make you forget about Daffodils.
Many other flowers are coming in for this Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Roses, Clematis, Azaleas, Euphorbias, Peonies, Gallardias, and Alliums. But I wanted to call particular attention to a couple of the flowering trees that fill our woods. The premier tree right now is the Black Locust.
Think of the Black Locust as Wisteria that you don’t have to take care of and that doesn’t run wild all over your yard. The flowers and leaves clearly show the relationship to the Pea Family and the fragrance is very nice. There are insect issues later in the year with the locust leaf miner that gives the leaves a burned look and the locust borer that eventually does in the trees, but right now they are glorious. The flowers also lead to to wonderfully famous honey.
At the same time the woods are also full of Black Cherry.
The tree itself has many uses. The fruit is edible for birds and humans. The wood is premier for furniture working. And the bark is also known for herbal remedies.
One of the unusual flowering plants this week is Enkianthus.
The Redvein Enkianthus is a new one for us, but I have seen its dramatic fall color and it has a reputation of being an exceptionally sturdy plant once established. Like Pieris, a close relative, it should be a good fit to our area. The flowers remind me of Pieris, Manzanita, and Blueberries and other Heath Family members.
Another more unusual plant flowering right now is the Meadow Rue ‘Thudercloud’
These are acting as lovely permanent companions to our Camellias. As the name implies it has the foliage of columbine to go with these floating purple flowers.
Finally a few of the other flowers and then a look at the fully colored Goldfinches. May is a good month indeed.
And then lastly the amber waves of grain