A month later and I’m still relying on the calendar to tell me what the date is, because the seasons are colliding. Chilly nights (we may still be flirting with frost this coming week—yikes!) have slowed the planting-out process, which has in turn delayed potting up seedlings, because all of my pots are full. It’s been so dry that I have to water to soften the soil before planting, then water again to keep all of the planted seedlings alive. I’m still cleaning and packing seeds from 2022 to fill orders, and about 10 days ago, the 2023 seed harvesting season began. I hope that things will get back in sync by next month. In the meantime, this Bloom Day post will have to be a quick one. That means my virtual garden journal of what looks good each month won’t be complete, but it’s better than missing the day altogether.
One thing I’m very happy about is the extra effort I expended during spring cleanup to save the tops of the ornamental grasses. Cutting down the big ones, like the switch grasses (Panicum), in 1-foot sections took a good bit of time and a lot of hand strength, but, with some extra chopping-up now, the tops make a terrific mulch for bulky plants, like tomatoes and corn. The prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis) tops are much finer and so much easier to handle: a single cut above the crown at cleanup time, then a bit more chopping now, makes a marvelous, lightweight mulch for seedbeds, seedlings, and small plants. What a blessing to have a generous supply of free mulch for my seed crops, particularly in light of the continued dry conditions.
Ok, now on to some of the flower and foliage highlights captured over the past few days, again roughly organized by color.
There are so many other beauties I missed, but never mind: there will be plenty more by next month. Here’s hoping that your own Bloom Day is a wonderful one!
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3 thoughts on “Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – May 2023”
Such glorious diversity! You are a couple of weeks ahead of us here in Maine, so I know what to look forward to. The photo of Collinsia and Geum: Wow, what a combination! Will have to try this. Thanks for the inspiration.
Wasn’t that terrific? It was not planned, of course: both just happened to be in one of my growing beds, but they’re thriving in the same conditions and have looked fantastic together for several weeks.
Nan, as always it’s a treat to see all you have growing😊
My plants and seedlings are coming along but not like usual. Weather change from hot to frost has taken a big toll on sprouting seeds.
At least I can enjoy the beauty of all your lovely plants.
Wishing you a wonderful summer.
It certainly is a challenging time to be a seedling! But I have no doubt that the rest of your garden is thriving and looking beautiful. Happy Bloom Day to you, Jean.
The down side of your beautiful Bloom Day photos is that my seed list for my next order keeps growing, while I need to be outside putting out seedlings. Frost long past here, but a long cool spring. We have also been terribly dry, but last Saturday we got six inches! Did wonders for refilling the pond. Last night’s forecast of half an inch was bypassed with another solid two inches and sprinkles continue this morning. I don’t think I can stand another summer like 2022, so hope these rains will continue and come in a timely fashion, and wish the same for you!
Thanks, Carol. We sure could use that rain: it’s finally foggy today but still no rain here, and no hope of anything for the rest of this month, apparently. And, we did end up getting frost, so I had to resow a bunch of things that got killed. Sigh. I’m glad you’re getting some rain, at least!