May 2014 Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day in Connecticut

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, 5/15/2014 in CT

Lilacs, the common purple variety, 5/15/2014 in CT

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.

Nepeta blossom

Nepeta blossom

 

 

 

 

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.

Lily-of-the-Valley

Lily-of-the-Valley

 

 

 

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.

Flowering quince 'Texas Scarlet'

Flowering quince ‘Texas Scarlet’

 

 

 

 

 

 

Azalea and dogwood blossoms add pink tones.

Azalea

Azalea

Dogwood

Dogwood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alpine strawberries and blueberry bushes promise yummy treats if I get to the fruit before the birds.

Alpine strawberry

Alpine strawberry

Low bush blueberry blooms

Low bush blueberry blooms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And two viburnum shrubs hold blossoms nearly ready to pop.

Leatherleaf (Viburnum rhytidophyllum)

Leatherleaf (Viburnum rhytidophyllum)

Viburnum plicatum 'Mariessii'

Viburnum plicatum ‘Mariessii’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The remaining daffodils round out the show of blooms.

Narcissus Fragrant Rose

Narcissus Fragrant Rose 

May blooming narcissi

May blooming narcissi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

unknown variety of May blooming narcissus

unknown variety of May blooming narcissus 

Likely Poet's daffodil

Likely Poet’s daffodil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

1 comment for “May 2014 Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day in Connecticut

  1. May 17, 2014 at 7:45 am

    So beautiful! I’m so happy spring is finally here.

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