It always seems like there is nothing blooming in mid-May, but when I really look around, I realize there is a lot blooming but none of it is flashy, like the big yellow sheets of daffodils previous or the three Grandes Dames of June that will soon be here. The blooms of mid-May are modest and humble but well worth a careful look. Click on any photo for more detail.Narcissus poeticus is a family tradition. We have them growing in rows in a field, as my in-laws did at “the old place.” I also planted them to partner with an apple tree, but the apple bloomed early this year. The lilacs are blooming early this year. The double white, the earliest, is past its peak. The dark purple, the latest, is just starting. I just realized I haven’t cut any for the house, and they will soon be gone. Their earliness caught me off guard.
Blooming But Not Pictured
- Narcissus x medioluteus which I named ‘Irish Laddie’
- ‘Victor Reiter’ armeria
- ‘Bonfire’ euphorbia
- species tulips
- Celandine poppy – Stylophorum diphyllum
- Trillium grandiflorum
- ‘Looking Glass’ brunnera
- Sweet white violet (Viola blanda) & another white one with flowers & leaves on the same stalks, perhaps Viola canadensis
- primrose – yellow flowers on stalks
- germander speedwell
- the last of the dwarf flowering almond (which usually is just getting started)
No perennial flax. No seedlings, even. The jack-in-the-pulpits are toast, thanks to a couple of recent freezes. Many of the spring ephemerals bloomed a bit early, so they’re not missing, so much as already done.
Inspired by the words of Elizabeth Lawrence, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year,” Carol of May Dreams Gardens started Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. On the 15th of every month, garden bloggers from all over the world publish what is currently blooming in their gardens, and leave a link in Mr. Linky and the comments of May Dreams Gardens.