Finally, I get to rejoin the celebration of Bloom Day! It’s been a long time since November, but now, there’s plenty going on and more than enough for a post. I can’t resist taking a quick trip back to the beginning of the month, to revisit some of the beauties that have come and gone since early May, starting with fox’s grape (Fritillaria uva-vulpis):
And more fritillarias: above, F. michailovskyi ‘Multiflora’; below, Persian fritillary (F. persica); and…
…below, a windswept but still stunning yellow crown imperial (F. imperialis).
Among the earliest perennials were false rue anemone (Isopyrum biternatum) [above] and mukdenia (Mukdenia rossii) [below].
Some early species peonies too, including fernleaf peony (Paeonia tenuifolia) and what I think is a subspecies of P. officinalis.
The peonies are just about past now, bringing us up to the perennials at their peak now, starting with ‘Chocolate Soldier’ columbine (Aquilegia viridiflora)…
…and a frilly-flowered seedling from ‘Touchwood Supreme Mix’.
Above, Euphorbia nicaeensis just coming into bloom; below, the diminutive dwarf Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum humile), in full bloom at barely 4 inches tall and spreading enthusiastically.
The early irises are starting, too. Above is ‘Immortality’ with a seedling of ‘Belsay Gold’ comfrey (Symphytum); below, orris root iris (Iris ‘Florentina’).
A couple of hardy geraniums, including mourning widow (Geranium phaeum) with the last of the ‘Gravetye Giant’ summer snowflake (Leucojum aestivum), and ‘New Hampshire Purple’ bloody cranesbill (Geranium sanguineum) with lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis).
Allium season is starting now, with giant ‘Gladiator’ (above and below)…
Some ‘Purple Sensation’ out front:
Turkestan onion (Allium karataviense), above and below.
And ‘Mount Everest’, just a day or two shy of opening fully:
There’s also lots of yellow, pretty much everywhere. Above is golden European cranberrybush viburnum (Viburnum opulus ‘Aureum’) with bigroot geranium (Geranium macrorrhizum).
Here’s a new favorite: ‘Ray’s Golden Campion’ (Silene dioica) from Plant World Seeds, above with variegated sweet iris (Iris pallida ‘Variegata’) and below with the annual blue woodruff (Asperula orientalis).
Above, ‘Axminster Gold’ Russian comfrey (Symphytum x uplandicum) with Chocolate Chip ajuga (Ajuga reptans ‘Valfredda’) and ‘Queen of Night’ tulips. And below, the surprisingly late ‘Golden Bells’ (Narcissus bulbocodium) with ‘Angelina’ sedum.
To finish up, some foliage action:
Above, ‘Erica’ Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum); below, Allium schubertii coming up through Chocolate Chip ajuga.
Above, ‘Lemon Lace’ silver fleece vine (Fallopia baldschuanica); below ‘Grace Barker’ Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum). (Really, the camera was straight; it’s the stems that are leaning.)
Above, shredded umbrella plant (Syneilesis aconitifolia); below, variegated sweet iris (Iris pallida ‘Variegata’) with ‘Espresso’ wild geranium (Geranium maculatum) and ‘Sunshine’ red-twig dogwood (Cornus sericea subsp. occidentalis).
Above, ‘Aureovariegata’ rough deutzia (Deutzia scabra); below, variegated wayfaringtree (Viburnum lantana ‘Variegatum’).
And last, ‘White Frosted’ Japanese thistle (Cirsium japonicum).
To enjoy more spring garden goodness, visit Carol’s Bloom Day post at May Dreams Gardens, where you’ll find links to other May gardens all over the world. Thanks for stopping by!