After an unusually warm March and cool April here in southeastern Pennsylvania, things are pretty much back to normal as far as bloom times. And per the usual spring palette, there’s a whole lot of pink, blue, yellow, and white going on. They’re not my favorite colors, especially on sunny days, but they’re rather nice on cloudy days (which we’ve been having a lot of), or early in the morning.
Among the pinks are, well, pinks (Dianthus), such as ‘Bath’s Pink’ (above). Below is a much stronger pink color, in ‘Ray’s Golden Campion’ (Silene dioica).
Above, common chives (Allium schoenoprasum); below, leather flower (Clematis glaucophylla).
Above, ‘Apart’ rugosa rose (Rosa rugosa); below, ‘Amazone’ tuberous Jerusalem sage (Phlomis tuberosa).
Above, ‘New Hampshire Purple’ bloody cranesbill (Geranium sanguineum) weaving up through the new shoots of ‘Latifolia Maculata’ boxwood (Buxus sempervirens), with a bit of Euphorbia dulcis ‘Chameleon’. Below is ‘Espresso’ wild geranium (Geranium maculatum) with golden wayfaring tree (Viburnum lantana ‘Aureum’) and ‘All Gold’ lemon balm (Melissa officinalis). Both of these geraniums look pink in these pictures, but they’re a bit more on the purple side in real life.
Above, ‘Axminster Gold’ Russian comfrey (Symphytum x uplandicum) just beginning to bloom. And below, several baptisias, which are in full glory at the moment, starting with ‘Carolina Moonlight’…
…’Screamin’ Yellow’ (above), ‘Purple Smoke’ (below, behind Amsonia hubrichtii)…
…and above, ordinary blue false indigo (Baptisia australis).
Below, Euphorbia nicaeensis.
Above, lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis) with golden creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’). Below, ‘Ravenswing’ wild chervil (Anthriscus sylvestris).
Above, ‘Onondaga’ viburnum (Viburnum sargentii); below, ‘Striata’ (‘Grace Barker’) Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum x hybridum).
Above, ‘Sacajawea’ camassia (Camassia leichtlinii); below, white Spanish bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica ‘Alba’).
Iris season is still going strong, with beauties such as white ‘Immortality’ and bicolor ‘Edith Wolford’ bearded hybrids…
…and ‘Rendezvous’ Dutch iris (below).
May is also prime time for columbines (Aquilegia). Above is ‘Black Barlow’ with Abelia mosanensis.
Above and below are two ridiculously frilly flower forms that came from ‘Touchwood Supreme Mix’ seeds.
Some clumps of Arkansas bluestar (Amsonia hubrichtii) are just coming into bloom, while others are nearly past. Above, it’s with blue-leaved rose (Rosa glauca); below, it’s with ‘Winter Cream’ winter cress (Barbarea vulgaris).
Below is blue woodruff (Asperula orientalis), an early-blooming annual that has a somewhat amsonia-like effect, but on a much smaller scale.
May is a great time for ornamental onions (Allium), too, though the spectacular show I enjoyed last May is much less spectacular this year. Still, some came back and look good, including ‘Purple Sensation’ above and star-of-Persia (A. christophii), with golden oregano (Origanum vulgare ‘Aureum’) below.
Sicilian honey garlic (above) used to be classified as a species of allium, but now it’s usually sold as Nectaroscordum siculum var. bulgaricum.
Above, common thyme (Thymus vulgaris), and below, ‘Black Sprite’ mountain bluet (Centaurea montana) growing close by.
Now, to celebrate Foliage Follow-Up a day early, here are some lovely leaves, starting with a seedling (one of many) of Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’, paired with creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum).
Above is ‘Little Honey’ oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) against the near-black lace of Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’. Below is variegated sweet iris (Iris pallida ‘Variegata’) paired with ‘Blue Cadet’ hosta, ‘Espresso’ wild geranium, and ‘Sunshine’ red-twig dogwood (Cornus sericea subsp. occidentalis).
Above, ‘Oehme’ palm sedge (Carex muskingumensis) is in front of ‘Latifolia Maculata’ boxwood; below, it’s mingling with ‘New Hampshire Purple’ bloody cranesbill.
Some splendid yellows include golden meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria ‘Aurea’) above and ‘Isla Gold’ tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) below.
Above is bloody dock (Rumex sanguineus); below is ‘Red Majestic’ contorted hazel (Corylus avellana).
Above is an unknown Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) with bright green love-in-a-mist leaves (Nigella damascena); below is dark-leaved Serious Black clematis (Clematis recta ‘Lime Close’).
Oh my, orange! Above is ‘Southern Comfort’ heuchera; below is ‘Caramel’ (against ‘Tiramisu’).
Above, tiny Sedum stefco; below, the eventually-tree-size (if the deer stop eating it) rosemary willow (Salix elaeagnos subsp. angustifolia).
Above, golden wayfaring tree (Viburnum lantana ‘Aureum’) between Euphorbia palustris ‘Zauberflote’ and golden mockorange (Philadelphus coronarius); below, variegated wayfaring tree (V. lantana ‘Variegatum’).
Above, ‘Harlequin’ firethorn (Pyracantha). Below, for those of you who admired the creamy white foliage of ‘Mostly Ghostly’ hosta last month, the reality of how it looks a month later.
And to finish, a bunch of general garden shots.
Above and below are opposite views of the foundation borders on the side of the house.
Above is a view of the front garden from the side. The no-name, red-leaved Japanese maple in the center is the same one that appears in the next three shots, from different angles.
From inside the fence, it’s obvious that the front garden still needs work, but from outside, it looks lush and full already.
And one more shot, of the side gate and silver willow (Salix alba var. sericea).
Well, that was a fun look back through the last couple of weeks here at Hayefield. To see what’s springing up in other gardens all around the world, check out the list on links in Carol’s main Bloom Day post at May Dreams Gardens.