Yes, it's a crazy busy time of year. In addition to weddings, graduations, proms, picnics, and gardening, all the plants in this part of the world seem to bloom and grow with ferocity in May.
There was a time, about a week ago, when some species of Magnolias, Crabapples, Redbuds, and Lilacs, and many spring ephemerals and perennials were all blooming at the same time. The temperatures had warmed, then cooled, and everything was in a holding pattern. Quite the stunning show in the community.
We've had just enough precipitation and sunshine and clouds to make the plants very happy. For this Garden Bloggers Bloom Day and Foliage Follow-Up, here are a few highlights of what's currently blooming and thriving in my Southern Wisconsin garden:
The Red Trilliums are stunning, backlit by the dappled sunshine.
The Great White Trilliums seem to have multiplied this year--in many spots where there was a single last year, there are now multiples. Seems they're just now recovering from the 2012 drought.
Same with the Jacks-in-the-Pulpit. I lost count of how many are in the woodland garden this year.
The Columbines I added to the garden last summer have returned and are just about to bloom.
Redbuds are blooming and starting to add their heart-shaped foliage.
Lilies-of-the-Valley are at peak, and the scent is magnificent.
Our native Bleeding Hearts seem healthier than last year.
|Alyssum 'Easter Bonnet Violet'|
I added a new cultivar of Alyssum to some of my pots. Love the color and the scent!
False Rue Anemone is still blooming away, and the foliage is as pretty as the flowers.
The Honey Locusts are opening their unique fans of foliage.
Tendrils of Bleeding Hearts are glistening everywhere.
Most of the Crabapples have finished blooming, while a few old fruits remain and new fruits form.
Ostrich Ferns are nearly completely unfurled.
Vincas have added their periwinkle blue to the landscape.
|Paeniaceae 'Sarah Bernhardt'|
Ants on the Peonies are preparing them to open.
Mayapples are in full bloom under their shady foliage.
Many Lilacs are in full glory (ah, the scent!).
|Syringa meyeri 'Palibin'|
While my favorites, Dwarf Korean Lilacs, are just about to burst.
|Clematis 'Nelly Moser'|
Same with the Clematis flowers.
And, finally, the state flower, Wood Violet, is popping up everywhere. The pollinators are loving it!