|Starlet Lavender Star petunias (mostly)|
Goodness, the spring has been busy. And wet and cloudy. Now sticky, wet, and cloudy. As I write this, thunder is booming outside. Because of the above average rain and lack of sunshine, the plants have been a bit slow or shy to bloom. Heck, my sweet peas haven't even bloomed (and may not). Regardless, it's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - time to report on what IS blooming this month.
|Larkspur and Chelsea Physic Garden poppy|
I simply have to show a poppy or two since I thought they'd never bloom. In fact, today's the first day for ANY of them to bloom! The pink poppy above was collected from last year. I planted the original seeds several years ago, and they were purchased from the Chelsea Physic Garden in London.
|'Lauren's Grape' poppy|
This 'Lauren's Grape' started closing up before I could get out there today for a photo. The blooms are not very big. But then again, we haven't had much sun so I'm not discounting them yet.
|These are always the first daylilies to bloom|
I'm happy to say the daylilies are starting to bloom. Here's a few other beauties blooming.
|Flowering tobacco (nicotiana) with chives in the background|
|Gaura lindheimeri 'Pink' (I'm not sure if that's the variety name or color!)|
|Chives and pollinator|
|English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) - first time I've EVER had any kind of lavender save Spanish bloom for me!|
|Bowl of blooms (mostly petunias)|
|The raised beds. Your seeing mostly Verbena bonariensis and flowering tobacco blooming|
If anyone can venture some guesses on this variety of bearded iris, I'd appreciate it. It was supposed to be 'Cantina', a re-blooming iris. But it turned out not to be. In fact, it's on the opposite side of the color wheel!
|Eastern smooth beardtongue, Penstemon laevigatus|
This penstemon is a passalong from my friend Travis, who helped me whip the invasive liriope area into shape. He wasn't sure what it was (I think he found it in the wild). After some investigation, I'm pretty sure it's eastern smooth penstemon. I like it.
|A luscious oakleaf hydrangea bloom|
|'Pee Wee' hydrangea, a dwarf form|
We'll see if this 'Pee Wee' hydrangea stays small. I planted it last fall and the blooms are supposed to turn pink when they mature. I may have to move it as it looks like it wants more sun. But then again, we all do.
|Baptisia australis, false indigo|
I'm happy to say the false indigo I planted three years ago is starting to mature and bloom like a righteous plant.
And that's the bulk of what's blooming today, if you don't count the cilantro, parsley, cleome, roses... Okay, a few others. Too see what's blooming in other parts of the world today, visit Carol's blog, May Dreams Gardens.
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