Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - May 2012

May Dreams Garden has a lovely linky for gardeners around the world in which she asks:
What's blooming in your garden this month of May? 

Since I love taking pictures of flowers just as much as I love gardening, I'm more than happy to answer that question! This is a bit of what's going on in my zone 6 Front Garden:

Two years ago I scattered seed from two columbines into the front garden. I have been impressed with how many germinated and have grown-- even in the packed, un-amended soil. It took two years for the plants to mature enough to bloom. Many columbines I've seen look best in close-up pictures, and while that's mostly true for these Barlow series flowers, I'm still happy with how they look in the garden as a whole. They definitely lend a cottage garden feeling.

Aquilegia 'Christa Barlow', Pulmonaria 'Mrs. Moon', Phlox divaricata 'Louisiana Blue'

Aquilegia 'Nora Barlow'

Geum 'Totally Tangerine' started blooming this week. I love the color and the textured. semi-evergreen leaves. This cultivar is sterile (doesn't produce seedlings). My only complaint is that the flowering stems get longer through the season and flop on their neighbors--good for suppressing weeds, not goof for the veronica I planted nearby.

Finally, my first attempt at a container of annuals! These were some of the plants I received on the Keuka in Bloom wine trail event. Without trying, I ended up with a great combination of red white and pink. I hope I take care of the container. Annuals are much needier than perennials and I am an infamous killer of plants in pots.


  1. Good luck with your plants in pots. After years of apartment gardening, I learned that the trick for me is to place them where I walk past them every day, otherwise I'll forget to water them and it's all over.

    I'm not usually a fan of columbines, but I love the ones you have. The purple is so pretty!

    Happy Gardening!

  2. Wow. What incredible flowers and, most stunning, are your pictures. Lovely capture.

  3. Beautiful flowers! I have those same columbines! Sadly my flower garden isn't going to get attention this year because I will be working on my veggie garden.