Yes, I know the Garden Bloggers Bloom Day was
yesterday the day before yesterday. I didn’t get finished in time. So just pretend this is May 15th, okay? (As always, hover your mouse over any thumbnail for a caption, and click on any photo for a larger image.)
Let’s start off with the narcissus. The early daffodils are all gone, but the later ones are in their prime. Do you remember those new ones I told you about? Let’s start with them.
Left to right, the most recently opened first: Malin Head, Achnasheen, Rimmon, Eland, and (second row) Vernal Prince. Angel doesn’t look like it will bloom, as Mr. Burdick suspected. It’s been a cool spring–until today, when it got up to 88F–and many of my daffodils have remained good looking for a long time. Here’s more that are blooming right now:
These are arranged so that the most recent bloomer is last. Left to right, we have Thalia, then a narcissus acquired in a swap, which I’m calling Irish Laddie because the gardener I swapped with had an Irish name, then an unnamed one I got from my sister-in-law, and then the species poeticus. You probably noticed that Malin Head looks an awful lot like a poeticus. It is a larger flower overall, with a larger cup. Also the cup is supposed to whiten as it ages, but it only opened today, so I haven’t seen that for myself. (Update: The yellow in the cup does indeed fade, leaving the orange rim, and, if you look carefully, a tiny bit of green in the very center.)
I have Trillium grandiflorum growing on the north side of my house, and in the secret garden, and I planted all of them myself. But on Monday I saw a trillium blooming in our woods, the first one I have seen since our first spring here in 1990. Was it always there, and we just never saw it? Or are trilliums finally finding their own way back?
The next two flowers are both gaywings, Polygala paucifolia. I love them; they are so cute. They remind me of little propellers. They are not that common, but we apparently have the perfect conditions for them, as they carpet the woods at this time of the year.
Next is marsh marigold (Caltha palustris). I bought this at The Plantsmen and I hope to introduce it into the secret garden once I build up stock.
Second row, leftmost is another plant I just discovered on Monday. It’s wood anemone (Anemone quinquefolia). There was a nice little patch of them. I just love discovering new native plants growing on our land.
The next plant, early meadow rue (Thalictrum dioicum) has delicate, ferny foliage but not much in the way of flowers. There are a couple of trilliums intertwined with this plant, but I think I’m going to risk dividing it this fall, and moving some pieces to the secret garden.
I have three different violets. Pictured is sweet white violet (Viola blanda). We have loads of the common violet (Viola papilionacea) and we also have what I think is the sister violet (Viola sororia) in the wettest parts of the field.
Last but not least of the native plants, Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica). For me, this is a passalong plant that I received from my neighbor. It has multiplied quite well, self-sowing, and making enough new plants that I now have some in the secret garden, and have started another patch as well.
“Everything else” is not much. I have some lilac creeping phlox blooming, and some Johnny-jump-ups, and the flowering almond that was here when we moved in is in its glory:As you can see, it has a rather scraggly habit (though a hard pruning might do wonders), but I can assure you, a sprig of this plant in a bud vase next to a hospital bed is immensely cheering. I am not the only one who appreciates them. Lilacs and apple blossoms
are were in bud. (That’s colchicum foliage all around the shrub, by the way.) Trees in general have unfurled their leaves part way, looking like yellow-green and mahogany-red poodle fur on the hillside opposite our house. Do you consider spring to have ended, and summer begun, when the leaves are fully unfurled? What signals the end of spring for you?