Sunday, May 15, 2016

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - May 2016

The strange weather continues. We had almost a week and a half of rain to start off the month of May. This weekend was the first sunny and warm weekend we've had (though today is cold, gray, and windy), so I was out in the garden in full force doing the usual spring chores but also preparing for things to look presentable for Neighbor M's yearly "Great Divide" plant swap party. Said party starts in 45 minutes so without further ado, I bring you what is blooming in my city garden!

The Front Yard
The flowers here seem to about two weeks ahead of where they were at this time last year. I'm not sure why it's just the front yard that's doing this (everything else is pretty much on the same schedule).

Azalea, iris, and Nepeta 'Walker's Low"

The phlox is just about done. The salvia is just beginning.

The allée

Peony 'Bowl of Beauty'. It really is that bright!

Siberian iris 'Frommymotherii'

Zizia aurea. Just planted in the fall so it's still small.

Iris 'Harvest of Memories'

Another iris. I thought I divided it from 'Harvest of Memories' but it's clearly a different flower.

Lilac bush and Nepeta 'Walker's Low'

The back yard

Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler'

Kerria japonica

Centaurea montana 'Amethyst in Snow'

Baptisia australis just starting to bloom

Allium christophii just opened

Geranium sanguineum - new to the garden (planted last fall)

Thanks to May Dreams for hosting!


  1. Wish I had a "neighbor M". We could use a good swap around here. You are doing a lot with a small urban lot (I grew up in New York City, in an apartment). Loved your irises Ours need to be divided, badly.

    1. I am beyond lucky to have Neighbor M, but you can start your own swap!

  2. I think I have that exact Iris siberica, and it too was a gift, so I don't know it's name either. But I do know how much I love it - I appreciate its blue flowers more than I can express each spring - it is so beautiful! Happy Bloom Day!

    1. Thanks, you too! I missed the first time it bloomed as I was away on vacation, and when I finally witnessed the bloom the following year, it was better than I could have ever hoped for.

  3. what a lovely garden! I'm sighing over your peony... so pretty!

  4. Everything looks great!! If you let those alexanders go to seed, they'll self sow and you'll soon have a large patch. :) We're a little early here, too. I've already had a hummer at my Major Wheeler!

    1. That's great about the hummingbird! I used to have alexanders but they disappeared. Hoping to have better luck this time around.