Thursday, May 15, 2014

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day: May Abundance!

 This month's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day is glorious! Spring has finally spring here in the Mid-Atlantic USA (zones 6-7).  Since so much is in bloom, I thought I'd share just a few flowers that are new-ish to my garden.

I added the Hairy Beardtongue (Penstemon hirsutus) to my hellstrip last fall as part of my efforts to create a butterfly garden and something that will not get me fined by the county for "not weeding."

Hairy Beardtongue (Penstemon hirsutus)
I bought this Jacob's Ladder (Polemonium caeruleum) from Melwood at the FONA Garden Fair last year. Confession: it never made it into the ground. Happily though, it seems fine in the original pot and came back with lovely blue blooms -- though most of them got knocked off in yesterday's rains....

Jacob's Ladder  (Polemonium caeruleum)
The Candytuft (Iberis) was something I ordered from Classic Groundcovers last spring for the Silver Spring Garden Club sale. It did not sell well so I kept one for myself. I think it is quite lovely planted here under a Hydrangea 'Limelight.'
Candytuft (Iberis)

   The rest of the garden is bursting with May blooms: Wiegela, Roses, Iris, Epimedium, Euphorbia, Azaleas, and lots of annuals. Just ended are the Lilacs, Tulips, Rhododendrons, Crab apple tree, Lungwort, Lily of the Valley, and many of the spring ephemerals like Dutchman's Breeches.
   What is blooming in your garden today?


  1. I love Iberis Sempervins (Candytuft) and use it as a soft brilliant white to cascade over some rocks in the garden. Drought tolerant and such an easy care perennial. Thanks for sharing Kathy!

  2. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Teri. Candytuft is definitely under-used in our region.

    PS I deleted your repeat comment as I know Blogger can sometimes hiccup and cause accidental repeats.


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