A Connecticut garden in May

It’s party day in the garden blogging world. On the 15th of each month, Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day so gardeners all over the world can share photos of what’s going on in their gardens. Connecticut gardens party hearty in May. Here’s some of the blooms in mine zone 6 gardens.

Clematis, growing on either end of my front porch, are always show stoppers in May. Blue Moon graces one end of the porch. It’s blossoms open with tinges of lavender pink along the edges that pale as the flowers age.

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Nelly Moser, in a more pink hue, grabs attention at the other end.

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Nelly is showy enough on her own but this year she is framed by a new addition, Allium rosenbachianum.

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Nearby peony buds slowly expand, promising pure white blooms with small blotches of maroon.

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The bearded iris ‘Beverly Sills’ sings sweetly, as if enticing the peonies open. Stakes hold the top heavy blooms up during heavy rains.

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The whole view shows foxglove and rose campion standing tall at the rear.

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The small, demure Allium karativiense grace the foot of the peony and the stachys border at the front of the bed.

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In garden beds in other areas of the property there’s amsonia blue star,

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a grouping of a bearded iris in so pale a blue the flowers appear white,

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Siberian iris amongst ferns,

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strawberries blooming in a blue strawberry jar,

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and, on branches too tall for deer to reach, stunning flowers of Viburnum plicatum ‘Mariessii’.

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These and other blossoms draw me outside each morning and greet me throughout each day. No May day should go by without witnessing the magic of May flowers.

The garden party continues at May Dreams Gardens where you can enjoy Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day photos from zones warmer and chillier.

Enjoy … and garden thoughtfully.

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7 comments for “A Connecticut garden in May

  1. May 15, 2012 at 9:28 am

    There are lovely, lovely attendees to your garden party. The irises are spectacular. I just love this time of year. Happy GBBD!

  2. May 16, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Your clematis are so much further along than mine. Mine are still in bud but I do have high hopes of blooms soon. It is a lusty month of May this year isn’t it?

  3. May 17, 2012 at 5:52 am

    Your blooms are lovely and precocious I think! Like Layanee’s, my clematis is only in bud, yours are so much further along. And my iris (I have Beverly Sills too) is only budding, nowhere near open yet. How different each garden is, even in the same general area. Happy Spring!

    • May 17, 2012 at 7:03 am

      Laurrie, I hope you share photos of all these buds when they are in full bloom then I can enjoy yours when mine have passed peak.

  4. May 19, 2012 at 2:13 am

    Clematis, Iris, Ferns and Peonies, all in one garden
    A true delight
    Thank you for sharing

  5. May 31, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    My garden in Maine seems to be about 2 weeks behind yours in Connecticut. My siberian irises and amsonia just started blooming a couple of days ago, and my strawberries are just finishing blooming. No flowers yet on either of my clematis, though.

    • May 31, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      Jean, is your Maine garden about two weeks ahead of normal, as bloom times are here in CT?

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