Bloomday for May 2023
After a cold and wet spring, it looks like the weather is settleing into a more normal pattern. We had rain as recently as May 6th and I still have about 75 gallons of collected rainwater that I am useing for containers and newly installed in ground plants. I will likely have to start watering the garden at large before this week is out and it's pretty much the latest I've been able to put off the irrigating for several years.
Here then are just a few of the bloomers in my garden this month.
Cistus 'Snowfire' is always a favorite. Purchased from Digging Dog during my Covid lockdown gardening projects it is a tough plant that has the extra bonus of a bit longer bloom time than others of the genus.
Climbing rose 'Sombreuil' is a beast that got a very hard prune this winter , and I managed minimal wounds in the process-it has very robust thorns.
David Austin rose 'Golden Celebration.' Topped out right now at about 7 feet, it's giving it's fence mate Reine des Violettes a run for it's money.
'Eden' is buried in the depths of a Euonymous 'Silver King' which works out ok-I can see the flowers just fine but the Euonymous hides it's dreadful blackspot and rust annual foliage disfigurement.
Clematis 'Niobe' is being engulfed by Weigela variegata which will be receiving a rejuvenation prune when it blooms out.
David Austin rose 'Happy Child'.
The excellent Clematis 'Arabella'
Miniature climber 'Jeanne Lajoie' ..clearly the miniature refers to the flower , not the plant size. It seems to have enjoyed the cold wet winter and spring-even though I pruned it pretty heavily I can barely see out my dining room window on the right. The pruners will have to come out again in June.
Floribunda rose 'Our Lady of Guadalupe' .
Penstemon 'Electric Blue' .
Silene 'Druetts Variegated'
Tall bearded Iris 'Island Hop'.
Agave 'Blue Glow' not exactly blooming , but offsetting like mad all around the rosette. I'm waiting for the next development.
Be sure to visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens for more Bloomday reports.