If you're considering a trip to the Midwestern U.S., May is generally a good weather bet. If you're able to spend a few days, you'll likely encounter a little rain, mild temperatures, and impressive plant life. Everything is green and growing and many of our prettiest perennials are blooming.
For this Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and Foliage Follow-Up, there are plenty of plants to showcase in my garden, including several that I hadn't captured with my camera until now. Among bloomers, that includes Viburnum, Cotoneaster, Wild Geranium, and Fern-Leaf Bleeding Heart.
Some plants have been blooming for weeks on end, including Vinca, which I posted about in March, Dwarf Korean Lilac, and the more common Bleeding Heart, Dicentra Spectablis, in pink and white.
Of course, Lamium can be counted on to bloom most of the growing season.
A few other highlights include a few remaining Lilies-of-the-Valley, the waning Cushion Spurge, and the always-dramatic Jack-in-the-Pulpit.
The foliage is nearly as fascinating as flowers this month, including several I hadn't photographed before—Rocket Ligularia, Cranberry Bush Virburnum, Oak Fern, and the foliage of Dicentra eximia.
Solomon's Seal currently resembles an Asiatic Lily, but it's really all foliage. The flowers will appear where the buds are now—along the stems in clusters.
Mayapples are past their prime and some animal or human has been rooting around in my patch, possibly looking for Morels? Still, Mayapples are always fascinating plants to view.
And then, of course, there are the Hostas. I know many people tire of Hostas, but they frame my garden nicely and come in numerous varieties and sizes.
If you're wondering what the white, fuzzy stuff is sticking to my plants, it's Cottonwood seed—dropping early, like everything else this season. It's a nuisance, but kind of fascinating in that it resembles snow among the green, growing landscape.
Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and Foliage Follow-Up. And thanks to Carol and Pam for hosting!