What a glorious time of year for New England gardeners. Early unseasonal warmth brought many blooms early – the lilacs are already done – but recent chills have slowed blossoms down a bit. My garden celebrates May 2010 Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – the brainchild of Carol at May Dreams Gardens - in my favorite colors.
Purple mullein – Verbascum phoeniceum
Perennial Bachelor Button – Centaurea montana
Bearded iris of unknown variety
Amsonia Blue Star
Clematis Blue Moon and rhododendron that looks red in the photo below, but that’s only because of the shade. See it’s truer color farther down.
Clematis Nelly Moser
Cranesbill – Geranium sanguineum
Rhododendron – unknown variety
Azalea – unknown variety
And some blooms on Viburnum plicatum ‘Mariessii’ managed to escape deer munching
Promise comes in the form of Scabiosa columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’
And Siberian iris.
There’s no hope for blooms on this deer-chomped lily and it’s sister plant a foot away. Yes, I sprayed – but I have a deer hanging around this year with different feeding habits than deer neighbors of previous years. I suspect I will be battling this four-hoofed eating machine all season. My perennial sweet pea vines, baptisa, and asters have all suffered similarly.
Enjoy blooming wonders in other gardens by visiting May Dreams Gardens, then get outside and enjoy May’s wonders in gardens nearby.