May blooms blue, lavender and shades of pink

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

purple mullein-Verbascum phoeniceum

Perennial Bachelor Button – Centaurea montana

perennial bachelor button-centaurea montana1

Bearded iris of unknown variety

bearded iris lav5

Amsonia Blue Star

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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.

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Clematis Nelly Moser

clematis-Nelly Moser

Cranesbill – Geranium sanguineum

cranesbill-geranium sanguineum

Rhododendron – unknown variety


Azalea – unknown variety

azalea pale pink

And some blooms on Viburnum plicatum ‘Mariessii’ managed to escape deer munching

viburnum plicatum Mariessii4

Promise comes in the form of Scabiosa columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’

scabiosa columbaria Butterfly Blue bud

And Siberian iris.

Siberian iris bud

deer pruned lily 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.

6 comments for “May blooms blue, lavender and shades of pink

  1. May 15, 2010 at 8:29 am


    Happy Bloom Day! I love looking at your plants and reading about your garden because it is so different than mine in many respects even though we’re both in CT. My amsonia is just about to open and my siberian irises (from your garden) are nowhere ready to open. The deer generally do not eat my doublefile viburnums – I have 5 planted in various locations and only one gets nipped a bit. The others I consider ‘deer resistant’. My cranesbill geranium, Max Frei, is blooming but most likely will get eaten by deer soon (if last year is any indicator). Rozanne is not blooming yet but she is deer resistant. Go figure!

  2. May 15, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Joene, It looks as though your southern New England garden is 2-3 weeks ahead of my northern New England garden. My chives have just started to open, the amsonia and most of the geranium are just starting to show buds, and most of the siberian irises aren’t showing buds yet (the exception is the very early ones up against the south facing foundation — they always bloom first). I’m sorry about your deer damage. I happened to look out this morning to see a woodchuck lumbering through the garden, although I haven’t seen any signs of their eating yet. I’m sure I will soon!

  3. May 16, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    You have some beautiful blooms! I really like the perennial bachelor’s buttons. And the photo of the chives is lovely! I always enjoy seeing what is blooming in other bloggers’ gardens. Thanks!

  4. joenesgarden
    May 18, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Debbie … so glad to hear the siberian iris are ready to open for you … sharing with other gardeners is the best. They will be more spectacular next year and beyond. After being away for a couple of days, I’ve returned to full blooms on my siberian iris, many of my bearded iris, the amsonia, and lots of other things. Click, click, click, there’s no place like home.

  5. joenesgarden
    May 18, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Woodchucks don’t like my neck of the woods, Jean. I don’t think we have enough open area for them, or maybe the coyotes scare them off. Either way I’m grateful to not have them in additon to the other plant eating marvels that roam my woods. Hope your woodchuck was just passing through.

  6. joenesgarden
    May 18, 2010 at 7:41 am

    Glad you like the photos, Deb. Those you post on your blog are magnificent and inspiring.

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