Monday, May 15, 2023

I'm not dreaming, it is May's Bloomday...

My Bloomday participation has been rather hit and miss lately—however, since the blog of our hostess of this event, Carol, is called May Dreams Gardens, I needed to post for May's Bloomday. Most things have caught up with the season and are blooming roughly when they "should," however there are still a few stragglers—plants that are sulking because of our cool wet spring.  Let's have a look...

Magnolia laevifolia...

A spring favorite.

It's so good!

There are a million saxifrage blooms in my garden this time of year, and no, that's not an overstatement. These flowers belong to Saxifraga ‘Primuloides’...

These are from Saxifraga taygetea 'Rotundifolia'. You get the idea, they're all small white flowers that bloom on delicate stems. 

The podophyllum are also in bloom, these dark leaves are P. 'Red Panda'

A close-up of it's blooms.

These smaller blooms belong to Podophyllum pleianthum.

The white blooms of Podophyllum peltatum.

Arisaema ringens

Epimedium 'Amber Queen'

Epimedium wushanense

Convallaria majalis 'Aureovariegata' (variegated lily of the valley)

Disporum cantoniese ‘Moonlight’

Thalictrum ichangense 'Evening Star'

Gasteria glomerata


A couple of my palms are pushing out their lobster-claw blooms, here are the ones at the tip top of my tallest, a Trachycarpus fortunei.

And a close up of one of those claws on a Trachycarpus wagnerianus.

Solomon's seal (Polygonatum sp.)

From above...

Rhododendron laramie

A new lewisia I haven't got planted out in the ground yet, Lewisia longipetala 'Little Mango'.

A no-name lewisia from a long ago blogger's plant swap...

Another no-name from a friend.

Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Rainbow'

There are a few rosemary blooms, although about 80% of the plant turned crispy brown because of our winter weather.

Poncirus trifoliata

Corokia cotoneaster

Loropetalum  chinense var. rubrum 'Hindwarf', wide-shot.

And a close-up.

Erica arborea var. alpina

I'll wrap this up with my Rhododendron stenopetalum 'Linearifolium', which seems to be having a great bloom year. Be sure to visit Carol's May Dreams Gardens for a link to all the bloggers posting their blooms today!

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  1. AnonymousMay 15, 2023

    Its good to see your garden pushing forward again. Did the walls come off the greenhouse yet? The pots up from the basement? I'm asking because of the Gasteria...
    I'm envious of your blooming Thalictrum ichangense 'Evening Star'... I've yet to see a leaf pushing out of mine... if it survived at all.

    1. Yes, and yes (greenhouse walls down, basement plants up), it's been a hectic couple of weeks as the weather flipped. Fingers crossed for your thalictrum!

  2. So. Many. Blooms. My favorite is Poncirius trifoliata. I hope mine will decide to bloom one day.

  3. Oh, your Magnolias are stunning! We have quite a few of the same/related plants blooming at the same time. Happy spring! Stay cool.

    1. Thanks Beth, today we're back down in the 80's, yay!

  4. A great May display and even a few plants I can grow!

  5. That Magnolia is glorious, Loree, but everything's looking good. The warm temperatures clearly kicked your whole garden into gear. I love the Podophyllum, Disporum, and Leucothoe but I envy the Epimediums most of all. I so wish I could grow them here - I tried but they croaked.

    1. Your comment reminded me to put some water on an epimedium that I recently moved, so thank you!

  6. AnonymousMay 15, 2023

    Podophyilum red panda is a stunner! And the arismaea looks like it’s from the Amazon. The heat has gardens roaring back.
    Jim N Tabor

    1. Indeed! Unfortunately the heat combined with the weekend's wind means most of the magnolia blooms are on the ground, but at least I enjoyed them for a bit.

  7. Saxifrage are so charming in their daintiness. The Arisaema is like a Brâncuși sculpture.

    I gave up on my Magnolia laevifolia--the rainy winter might have saved it but it came to late. Such a beauty when healthy and happy as in your photos!

    1. Mine is actually a very awkward mess, but I love it anyway.

  8. Lewisias are on my acquisition list this year, I can usually find them around these parts and I think I have a suitable spot. You have a nice collection !

    1. The mango lewisia is the only one I consciously sought, the success of others (which were gifts) has me realizing I should add more!

  9. Beautiful! Wonderful!
    I especially like the Mayapple bloom

  10. AnonymousMay 16, 2023

    So many exotic plants unfamiliar to me! I love the Podophyllums in bloom, with the weird-looking flowers, would love to have some to paint! But I wonder if they'd do well in the eastern half of the US? And that Rhododendron! I've never seen anything like it!

    1. Well Podophyllum peltatum is native to much of the east, so depending on where you are it certainly should.

  11. A lot of familiar plant faces in there! I can hardly believe it's warm enough to stand outside without shivering uncontrollably. I have a confession though. As much as I love the leaves of Thalictrum ichagense 'Evening Star', it's one where I wish the flowers were a different color (or, gasp, that it didn't bloom at all). It reminds me of the time you mentioned cutting the flowers off another plant in your garden. I can't remember which one though. Gasteria blooms are the best and it was a great year for Lewisia blooms. Shocking how that shocking pink is an actual color that occurs out in the wild.

    1. Funny you say that about the Thalictrum ichagense 'Evening Star' blooms. For the first time ever, I find myself considering their removal.

    2. Oh no! The horrible power of suggestion! (I think I would like it better if it was white.)

  12. Looked up your interesting spider azalea to see what it really was. It seems to be happy in your garden. You have a very beautiful garden, happy in bloom.


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