Wow, a very busy day yesterday in gardenland. I discovered the horned poppy shown above had returned after a year’s absence in flowering as I was catching up with the vegetable garden on an absolutely gorgeous spring day here in Maryland. My cup runneth over with chores at this time of year, but the weather has been most cooperative (at last!). I tilled the garden, finished weeding the strawberries, planted out the veggies started in the basement, seeded much of the rest of the garden, put in more glads and dahlias, and meanwhile Beth and Josh were weeding and pruning like mad.
As usual on Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day I will share some of the flowers of interest blooming around the yard. It’s worthwhile to step back from my close-up images to see the wide array of flowering plants right now.
I’ve noticed that some folks tend to think of ‘garden’ as the larger scale perspective, whereas I often get caught up with the specific flowers. This little blossom on the Kalmiopsis leachiana, for example, is almost hidden amidst the surrounding Daphne.
Another small distinctive flower that first bloomed last fall and is repeating already is this little Delphinium.
A constant volunteer for us is this little pink columbine that we inherited from Beth’s mother.
In the garden leading to the greenhouse gateway, there is a floriferous Callirhoe variant.
A quite distinctive plant is this allium which is just finished blooming and looks like it has little onions for seed pods.
The very fragrant Rhododendron ‘Viscosepala’ is also just at the end of its blooming.
By the back porch there is a lovely Bougainvillea that has overwintered in the greenhouse.
Of course, it’s hard not to miss the peonies in May.
We also have yellow flowered peony that has been with us for thirty years.
The name has long since disappeared.
And the old stalwart, Festiva Maxima.
We brought this one with us from Alexandria in 1975 and have planted it in many places around the property. It thrives everywhere, even in the pasture with no real care. The fragrance is wonderful and they make great cut flowers.
Another plant that thrives on neglect is Baptisia.
These grow right by the pasture with no assistance whatsoever.
The various iris species also have a celebration time in May.
At the back of the garage we have very large Black Lace Elderberry that is fully in flower right now.
One of my favorite alpine plants is the Edrianthus pumilo which grows in a nicely formed cushion in the Large Trough by the greenhouse.
Let me leave you with a couple of the birds which have shown up recently in the yard. First a bluebird which is probably nested nearby.
And a Yellow-rumped warbler which is more likely just passing through but is the first instance I’ve seen on our hillside.