Sunday, May 15, 2011

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day 5.15.2011

pigsqueek, Bergenia cordifolia

Yesterday, between the rains, I managed to snap a few photos of this month's featured flowers. A number of plants have just finished flowering and many more are just gearing up to bloom.  Here are a few that are prime for May's GBBD...




bronze-leaf ajuga, Ajuga reptans 'Atropurpurea' (a bit of Chrysnathemum and Geranium foliage mixed in as well!)

candytuft, Iberis sempervirens (with dragon's blood sedum in the foreground)


last of the tulips, Tulipa sp.

first of the native spiderwort, Tradescantia occidentalis

creeping Oregon grape holly, Mahonia repens
Turkish speedwell, Veronica liwanensis

woolly creeping speedwell, Veronica pectinata
basket-of-gold alyssum, Aurinia saxatilis
Please be sure to visit Carol at May Dreams' Gardens to link to gardeners worldwide that are also participating in Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.

18 comments:

greggo said...

Your'e about 3-4 weeks behind our Southern Kansas (6a) gardens. Going out today to cut my candy(tuft)back. Also need to trim the aster for fall blooms. Enjoy that great front range climate. I used to live in the springs, miss it. Especially the bold colors.

Hanni said...

Lovely...I'm waiting for my candytuft to fill out as nicely as yours has!

Jocelyn H. Chilvers said...

Hi Greggo, I agree that candytuft benefits greatly from a good haircut after it blooms. Glad you enjoyed my little slice of Colorado (I know Colorado Springs too - grew up there!).

Hanni, I planted my candytuft about three years ago. It's become one of my favorites for its lush flowers and evergreen foliage. Thanks for visiting!

Cat said...

Beautiful! The Candytuft is something I always see sold by seed here (Austin, TX) and I always smile because I would really love to have some but know better! Thoroughly enjoyed yours though.

Houston Garden Girl said...

The candytuft is lovely. I gardened for a few years in Fort Collins, so very different than Houston. :)

Marilynn said...

Beautiful blooms. I want to try some of these at my house! Thanks for sharing.

Les said...

I am glad to hear you are getting some rain. I heard it has been dry there. We could use some here as well.

Nell Jean said...

Lovely, lovely. Cool climate plants struggle here. I think bergenia will not thrive here where wax-leaf begonia survives the winter. Fascinating to see the various bloom dates across the country.

Jocelyn H. Chilvers said...

Thanks, all, for your kind comments! My zone 5 garden at the foot of the Rocky Mountains is a mix of native and introduced (adapted) plants. The native plants are the smart ones and haven't started blooming quite yet!

Larry said...

I'm just now purchasing some of those little trailing veronicas... they are quite lovely aren't they... I'm using them in the rockery and I like their power to soften stones... great post! Larry

scottweberpdx said...

Beautiful post...that drift of candytuft is stunning!

Jocelyn H. Chilvers said...

Larry,I'm a big fan of the creeping speedwells. This year I want to add some Veronica 'Crystal River' to my collection.

Scott, thanks for stopping by!

Crafty Gardener said...

lovely blooms for GBBD

The Sage Butterfly said...

I have never seen creeping veronica...very interesting and lovely. And I love the candytuft...stunning! Happy GBBD!

Darla said...

Beautiful photos and I love all of your creepers.

Larry said...

You garden and design in a challenging climate... you wouldn't know it from the lovely photos, however... very nice! Larry

HolleyGarden said...

Oh, that pic of the candytuft is absolutely beautiful. I've been contemplating dragon's blood sedum for an area. It looks very nice in your garden.

scottweberpdx said...

Lovely post...the color of the Tradescantia always gets me...so pretty!