Many are fading now with a welcome blast of warm air, but others are just starting, and it has been a spectacular spring so far!
Rather than posting about everything that's blooming and thriving in the garden this May, I thought I'd share some of the new plants I've added this year, some that I haven't photographed much in the past, and a few newly blooming standouts.
New this year are...
Lantana (L. camera 'Sunrise Rose Improved'): I fell in love with Lantanas during last year's trip to New Orleans, where I saw them growing all over the place. They only survive as annuals here in the north, but they're Monarch-attractors, and a perfect addition to my small veggie/flower sun garden.
Umbrella Grass (Cyperus involucratus 'Baby Tut'): This plant was an impulse purchase that caught my eye at the garden center. I'm planning to add it to some potted arrangements.
Milkweed: I have very little sun in my garden, but in my small attempt to help the Monarch butterflies, I planted two species of this plant. The Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) is in a pot with Marigolds, and the Butterfly Weed (A. tuberosa) is planted in my potager garden. I've resisted planting Milkweed in the past because of the limited sunlight here, but the Monarchs really need our help. Their numbers are down by about 59% this year. Milkweed is the only plant the larvae eat.
Clematis 'Nelly Moser': I'm determined this year to bring back Clematis to my garden! During our first spring in this house, two trellises facing south on the back of the house were thick with Clematis. One year, I trimmed them too severely and they didn't survive the winter. I've tried a couple of times to bring them back, but rabbits nibbled them before they had a chance to bolt. This year, I placed tripled wire fencing around them and mounded mulch at the base. So far, so good.
Golden Hops (Humulus lupulus 'Aureus'): Another entirely new plant for me, this beautiful climber has chartreuse foliage. We found the perfect ceramic pot for it, which matches some of our other garden decorations, and we added a wire obelisk for it to climb. The fishman is worried it will take over, but I'm planning to snake it up and down the obelisk and trim it before it becomes unruly. It does, indeed, grow very fast!
Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea 'Camelot Lavendar'): I don't have a lot of words for this plant, except that it's dreamy and it makes my heart beat faster (literally and figuratively).
New photos of old plants...
Wild Ginger (Asarum canadensis): While I've captured Wild Ginger a couple of times with the camera, I had trouble locating the flowers because of heavy leaf mulch on the forest floor. Then I read an article that suggested gently parting the paired heart-shaped leaves to find the flowers. Voila! I hope to write a little more about this fascinating plant in an upcoming post.
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis): I've photographed this spring ephemeral quite a bit, but this year there are several very healthy patches of it in the woods. Yay! As you can see, the flowers have faded, but the foliage is bigger than my hand.
And then there are the favorite May bloomers, currently the standouts in my garden...
Crabapple (Malus spp.): If I could share the scent, I would. Its sweet perfume is second only to Lilacs for me (which are starting to bloom here in southern Wisconsin).
Flowering Almond (Prunus landulosa): I'm embarrassed to show you the full shape of this sweet shrub, because it was pruned heavily last fall and is filling in now. But the flowers are...sorry, I can't think of an adequate adjective.
What's new and newly blooming in your garden?
For more posts about May bloomers and foliage from around the world, check out Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day at May Dream Gardens and Foliage Follow-Up at Digging. Enjoy!