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.