Spring brings lots of blooms to Connecticut gardens, and May always brings bountiful blooms for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. The spring of 2014 had a slow start and has remained generally chilly – giving us a long and lovely daffodil bloom time – but, during the warmer temperatures of the last week or so, other spring bloomers have begun to shine.
Lilacs – the common purple variety – fully opened yesterday in my garden, though the flowers are a bit scant this year. Late season extreme cold likely damaged the forming buds, resulting in few purple and no white lilac flowers this spring.
Mimicking the lilac color is early-blooming nepeta (aka catmint). planted nearby.
Rivaling the lilacs in fragrance are Lily-of-the-Valley flowers. A vase of these dainty beauties sit on the corner of my desk, keeping me company as I write this post.
Two flowering quince (Chaenomeles sp. Texas Scarlet), planted in the transition area between lawn and woods, managed to survive the winter and put out a few flowers.
Azalea and dogwood blossoms add pink tones.
Alpine strawberries and blueberry bushes promise yummy treats if I get to the fruit before the birds.
And two viburnum shrubs hold blossoms nearly ready to pop.
The remaining daffodils round out the show of blooms.
Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Head over there now to enjoy the May blooms in gardens all over the U.S. and beyond.