Thursday, May 16, 2013

May Flowers

I decided to join in on Carol's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day this month, even though I am a day late.  I was thinking yesterday, when I started the post, was the 14th.  I am so exited seeing all the new growth.  There is something new to see every day.  Many of the flowers are a few weeks behind last year.  We seem to be going from winter right into summer, but I am not going to complain too much.  I am so pleased to be finished with winter!  I have lots of photos to post, and the name of some may not come to my brain, so I'll label the ones I remember right away.

I thinned out the irises last year, and am pleased to see the ones left are starting to bloom.

The perennial geraniums are dependable bloomers, and handle being at the curb well.

I'm thinking this is rose mock vervain, a native to Nebraska.  A friend of mine who lives in the country gave me a clump, and it has spread some, but not too aggressively to manage.  It is low growing, and blooms most of the summer.

We've reached the time of spring when some blooms, such as tulips and daffodils are finished already.  I am always a bit sad about that, but the anticipation of what's next keeps me looking ahead.

The hellebores are still looking fine, but one of them was pretty wilted the day last week that was 100 degrees.

I have a few money plants, a biennial, in the yard, but across the street, there is a patch about 3 by 4 feet full of them.

Zizea aurea is a native to Nebraska.  I took a couple clumps out to plant in the area across the sidewalk a few weeks ago.  The plants are not growing as quickly as the ones left in the ground, but all of them are about to bloom.

I'm putting two photos of the pussytoes, one showing more of the foliage, and one of some blooms.  These things love our yard, and I am pleased they are native.

This is the phlox divarucata that I brought over from our previous yard in a wash tub 15 years ago.  I have some in several spots in the yard, and some are still in the tub in full sun, even though they say they prefer some shade.

I am loving heuchera richardsonii, another native!  The foliage looks wonderful all season, even in the winter.

The Praire smoke geums are also native, and one of my favorite plants with good looking foliage, and fluffy seedheads.

Native columbines:

I'm not sure what kind of strawberries these are, but they sure all full of blooms!

I saw a couple flies on the blooms of this Euphorbia of some kind.

Grace, I'm forgetting what this is again.  I was thinking it was a Soapwort, but the images I found online don't quite look like it.  I'll have to search on my blog to find out later.

I gave away clumps of moss phlox to make more room for the Pussytoes and other natives in this area, but was not ready get rid of all of them. 

I think someone helped identify this plant on Facebook.  I'll have to go check.  I just have a few minutes left of my lunch break, and want to get this posted.  :o)

This is another Euphorbia of some kind.

The Pasque flowers are finished blooming, and have puffed up their seed heads nicely.

This is Dwarf Comfrey.  The non-dwarf Comfrey is not blooming yet.

Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' and Bleeding hearts bloom next to the dwarf comfrey.  I like how they look together.

Virginia Waterleaf, a native to our area is about to bloom.  I deadhead them so they don't seed themselves.  The foliage is the best part.

The Virginia bluebells will soon be going dormant.  I sure enjoyed their blooms this spring!

This is Lovage.  It looks a lot like Zizea aurea.  Both are in the carrot family.

I mentioned there is something new to see each day.  Some of these Amsonia blooms opened up today, and I am expecting to see more tomorrow.

I'm not remembering what this little plant is that is waiting for the foliage of a daffodil to die back.

I think this is an Alysum.

The kale blooms are hard to photograph, but I sure like them.

I think this is False Solomon's seal.  A friend gave it to me last year, and it is filling up the wash tub I planted it in quite well.  It's a native plant to the U.S. and I think to Nebraska as well.

May Dreams Gardens has lots of links to others participating in Garden Blogger's Bloom Day.  It looks like I am about to be number 150!  I hope your spring is going well, and you are making new discoveries each day!


  1. WOW ~ I love seeing all that you have growing there, all lovely and wonderful to see. Your garden makes me feel happy.

    Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

  2. Hi have SO much seems like all the flowers opened overnight!! You garden is looking so great! I love seeing all the flowers!

  3. Your garden looks great! I love seeing all of your natives. I recently acquired a pasque flower after admiring the ones in your garden.

  4. We seem to have gone straight into summer, too--now instead of not being able to garden because of the rain, I have limit my time because it's so hot! Your irises are beautiful--love that peachy orange one. I just bought a Prairie Smoke geum (bareroot); I hope mine looks as good as yours one day!

  5. Wow! So much is blooming. It's really beautiful and a couple of weeks ahead of us. My Irises are beginning to bud. There's something so inviting about May blooms.....they free us from the winter blues.
    Do you mulch? It doesn't look like it in the pics so I'm wondering how you keep the weeds down.
    Have a great weekend!

  6. So many gorgeous plants...and so many wonderful natives that I've never heard of, like the Virginia cool! I'm so jealous of your Geum triflorum, Sue...I planted some last year and they sad :-( Happy Bloom Day!

  7. Your garden is looking good! We have a lot of the same plants - wild columbine, woodland phlox, bleeding heart, etc. I just notice we are getting pretty dry, though, have you been getting enough rain?

  8. That Phlox is a beautiful periwinkle blue! I love the Euphorbia! Isn't a great time of year? I think late spring is the prettiest time in the Midwest!

  9. A lovely series of photos!

  10. The blue Brunnera flowers and pink bleeding hearts make a great combination. The little moss phlox is a pretty spring bloomer. Your native columbines are so colourful.

    I appreciate Heuchera for its evergreen leave, too. Our growing season is very short, so it's nice to have some decorative leaves to extend the gardening season.

    Your Phlox divaricata is beautiful. I divided mine last year as the centre was dying out, and I'm hoping it makes a better display this year, but it hasn't showed up yet.

    Your Helleborus are holding up well, considering your current temperatures and the fact they start blooming when it is still cold.
    but it hasn't showed up yet.

  11. You are certainly into spring now. Nice blooms!!

  12. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.


I welcome comments and questions from anyone, including those who do it anonymously. Some people find my posts by doing searches, and I like hearing from them. I guess spammers won't even read this message, but I will delete spam as soon as I see it.