Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – May 2009

Symphytum grandiflorum at Hayefield

It’s that time again, and there’s plenty to share from Hayefield this month. So, without further chatter, some highlights, starting above with Symphytum grandiflorum. Below, rhubarb in bloom (Rheum rhabarbarum).

Rheum rhabarbarum (rhubarb) in bloom at Hayefield

Orris root or Florentine iris (Iris ‘Florentina’):

Iris 'Florentina' at Hayefield

‘Grace Barker’ hybrid Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum x hybridum ‘Striatum’):

Polygonatum x hybridum ‘Striatum’ ('Grace Barker') at Hayefield

Sea kale (Crambe maritima):

Crambe maritima at Hayefield

Chardonnay Pearls deutzia (Deutzia gracilis ‘Duncan’):

Deutzia gracilis ‘Duncan’ (Chardonnay Pearls) at Hayefield

Hybrid amsonia (Amsonia hybrid):

Amsonia hybrid at Hayefield

Arkansas bluestar (Amsonia hubrichtii):

Amsonia hubrichtii at Hayefield

Chocolate Chip ajuga (Ajuga reptans ‘Valfredda’):

Ajuga reptans ‘Valfredda’ (Chocolate Chip) at Hayefield

Geranium phaeum ‘Margaret Wilson’ in front of the species G. phaeum:

Geranium phaeum ‘Margaret Wilson’ and G. phaeum at Hayefield

A dark-leaved wood geranium (usually sold as Geranium maculatum ‘Espresso’) with lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis) and golden mock orange (Philadelphus coronarius ‘Aureus’):

Geranium maculatum ‘Espresso’ with Alchemilla mollis at Hayefield

Common chives (Allium schoenoprasum):

Allium schoenoprasum at Hayefield

Chaerophyllum hirsutum ‘Roseum’:

Chaerophyllum hirsutum 'Roseum' at Hayefield

Paeonia mollis:

Paeonia mollis at Hayefield

A species peony (Paeonia officinalis, I think):

Paeonia sp. at Hayefield 

Helianthemum ‘Hartswood Ruby’:

Helianthemum ‘Hartswood Ruby’ at Hayefield 

Viburnum sargentii ‘Onondaga’:

Viburnum sargentii ‘Onondaga’ at Hayefield 

Geum ‘Mango Lassi’:

Geum ‘Mango Lassi’ at Hayefield

‘Lemon Queen’ hybrid globeflower (Trollius x cultorum):

Trollium x cultorum 'Lemon Queen' at Hayefield

An exceptional seedling of ‘Belsay Gold’ comfrey (Symphytum):

Symphytum  (seedling of 'Belsay Gold') at Hayefield

Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis) with variegated sweet iris (Iris pallida ‘Variegata’):

Alchemilla mollis with Iris pallida 'Variegata' at Hayefield

And finally, Euphorbia polychroma ‘Bonfire’:

Euphorbia polychroma ‘Bonfire’ at Hayefield

Now, check out what’s flowering today in gardens all over the world through the links at Carol’s Bloom Day post at May Dreams Gardens.

23 responses to this post.

  1. Good morning Nan,

    And today we will do the letter -A- for Amsonia, Ajuga, Alchemilla, Allium…
    Interesting plants and some I do not yet know.
    jo

    Greetings, Jo. I never before noticed how many “A”s are active at the moment. I saw another one opening just this morning, but of course I’ve forgotten it already….
    -Nan

  2. Posted by ourfriendben on May 15, 2009 at 8:07 am

    Good night, Nan! How can your garden be so far ahead of mine? Could you really be a half-zone warmer, near as you are? My chives and rhubarb are still in bud, and comfreys, peonies, geraniums, ajuga, etc. etc. aren’t even showing buds yet. Whoa! Love your ‘Belsay Gold’. Just gorgeous!

    Gee, that’s odd. But things are coming along so quickly at the moment that yours may be in bloom by now!
    -Nan

  3. Nan – What a beautiful stroll through the garden. I just realized I forgot to note in my GGBD post that the ajuga in my garden is blooming. I got it at a plant swap years ago and don’t know the name but it is lusty, persistent and useful!

    Hi Pat! “Lusty, persistent, and useful” is something we should all aspire to. (Well, okay, maybe not the first one, but definitely the second two!)
    -Nan

  4. Beautiful May blooms Nan. I love the way you combine plants. Lady’s mantle with the variegated iris behind it is stunning!

    I appreciate your comment about the iris-and-alchemilla combo, Linda. I passed over that one several times because I generally prefer stronger color contrasts, and this one seemed a little too soft. I finally decided to share it, though, because I think the contrasting forms give it sufficient oomph (forgive my use of technical terms) to be interesting.
    -Nan

  5. Nan,

    That ‘Grace Barker’ Soloman’s Seal is really neat! We just have the regular variegated one, I like how GB has an irregular pattern on the leaves. I haven’t had a great spot for ajuga until recently, I need to get out there and buy one soon. That viburnum is a pretty cool one too!

    Thanks, Dave! I happen to know that you can get the Solomon’s seal from Plant Delights, because I had to do a lot of Googling to track down the name on this one, and I finally found it at PD under the other name I vaguely remembered: Polygonatum x hybridum ‘Striatum’.
    -Nan

  6. Lovely photos! Beautiful colors! And such fun plant name. Chocolate chip? Espresso? I like it.

    Happy bloom day
    Town Mouse

    Hey, a great idea for a new theme planting: The Caffienated Garden. Thanks, TM!
    -Nan

  7. Your post is a symphony in chartreuse, with variations in the colors I most like. There’s something about the simplicity of the species Peonies. They’re so graceful.

    Thanks, MMD. It’s been a long wait for the species peonies to bulk up and really put on a good show, but it’s been worth it. I actually like the seedpods best on P. mollis; they’re reddish purple when maturing, then dry to deep brown after they split and stick around all winter. And now it’s even starting to self-sow, which is very cool.
    -Nan

  8. Hi, Nan! My peonies will be blooming soon too. You always have such an interesting variety!

    Glad you stopped by, Robin. Happy Bloom Day!
    -Nan

  9. Awesome! I always feel like I should pare down the diversity of my garden- like it’s ‘bad design’ to have too many different kinds of plant. Screw it! I can do what is ‘good design’ or ‘tasteful’ for other people. I want my yard to be as beautiful and exuberant as Hayefield (albeit on a smaller scale).

    Thanks for the photos- I’ve got a few new plants to look for and include in my already over-diversified planting!

    Simplicity is an excellent approach, Cynthia, but I believe it’s best applied to other people’s gardens. In your own, anything goes!
    -Nan

  10. Nice flowers and really nice foliage, lots of different colors and textures. Not to dis the blooms, but these would all work for garden blogger foliage day, too. The globeflower is great.

    Thanks, Ryan. I’d be all for starting a Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day, but then, every day is (or should be) Foliage Day!
    -Nan

  11. Wow, what a rich tapestry of flowers and foliage. Just beautiful. Happy GBBD! Cheers/Yvonne

    I appreciate you visiting, Yvonne! Happy Bloom Day to you too.
    -Nan

  12. Gorgeous plants. I’m especially intrigued to learn that orris root is an iris!

    Welcome, Rosemary. Yep, the dried, ground-up rhizomes of this iris are the common fixative used in potpourri. The plant is a good increaser, so I’d be able to make lots of potpourri if I were so inclined!
    -Nan

  13. Is your Lady’s Mantle in front of variegated Sweet Flag Iris? (This is something I planted last year.)
    Beautiful photos – of beautiful plants!! Very inspiring! :-)

    Hey there, Shady. Yep, that’s Iris pallida ‘Variegata’; such a pretty thing. It’s been a good grower for me and I have several nice patches already, but it’s hard to resist buying more when I see it for sale. I hope yours does as well for you.
    -Nan

  14. Posted by Cyd on May 16, 2009 at 10:16 am

    You are really talented with placement. I love the way the leaves just stand out with their individual shapes. Every detail just pops right out. Thank you for the peony pics.

    Thanks for the kind comment, Cyd. I’m very fond of foliage too!
    -Nan

  15. Oh my goodness, so many lovely blooms! You must be very happy this time of year! :-) You may be interested to know that on your recommendation I bought three Amsonias online this year. So far they are sulking but I’ll try to be a patient gardener and let them be for at least a year. Your viburnum is spectacular.

    How great to hear that, Jean. Most of the amsonias do seem to take several years to fill out, but then they just get better and better each year, so they’re worth waiting for.
    -Nan

  16. Great plants, and not just the usual suspects either. Love the trollius and amsonia. And those single peonies.

    Thanks for stopping by, Elizabeth! The trollius is even better now, in its full glory. It’s becoming a favorite of mine.
    -Nan

  17. Mango Lass-what a cool name! Beautiful pics and compositions, as always, though most of these plants are new to me.

    Yes, I don’t think geums would do too well in your climate; even here they seem to get heat-stressed by midsummer. But they’re nice in bloom, anyway.
    -Nan

  18. Gorgeous and inspiring, as always!

    I appreciate you checking in, HG!
    -Nan

  19. Posted by Lisa at Greenbow on May 21, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    You have a wonderful selection of flowers Nan. I am always amazed that you know the names of all of them. Of course you would know them. I just wish I could do the same.

    Have you considered that I could just be making up the names as I go along, Lisa? But you’re right, it’s my job to know their proper names as much as possible.
    -Nan

  20. Hey Nan, just playing a little catchup and have to say that I’m drooling over your post as usual. And I find it amusing that even some of our same plants are on such different schedules–my sea kales are just now starting to bud up here! (The lake does some interesting things to my garden, that’s for sure.)

    As always, I love your combinations, too. :)

    Good to have you visit again, Kim. I was just wondering how you’re doing. I hope your crambe is treating you to some blooms by now.
    -Nan

  21. I found your garden googling Syneilesis aconitifolia since IBOY was featuring it on his blog “An Iowa Garden” and I wanted to see more about it (you had a 2008 post about it). Thanks for posting the flowers to that plant!

    I love these pictures you have posted! You must have a large beautiful garden. I love your use of edibles in the garden. I try to incorporate them in mine as well.

    Welcome, Sylvana! I saw that Syneilesis post too. I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed the photos here too.
    -Nan

  22. Hey Nan,
    Is Mango Lassi really that cute, or is it just your exceptional skill in photography? ;-)
    Rob

    Hi Rob! Oh, she’s very cute, while she lasts (which is about a week); then she’s pretty boring.
    -Nan

  23. Posted by Nancy on June 8, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Loved the syphytum grandiflorum.

    [You are probably aware, but I’ll throw this into the mix . . .] Seneca Hill has a variegated version I picked up recently — Symphytum x uplandicum ‘Axminster Gold’. Obviously it hasn’t flowered for my yet, so my feelings on it are still to be determined, but it looks interesting. Guess time will tell . . .

    ‘Axminster Gold’ is definitely one of my all-time favorites. I’m sure you’ll love it too. It’s pricey but worth every penny!
    -Nan

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