It's May! And there are lots of blooms here and elsewhere as we celebrate another Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Carol at May Dreams Gardens invites gardeners around the world to share their blooms on the 15th of each month. I see I have lots of roses, interesting for a gardener who doesn't much do roses. Guess that's changed over the years!Rosa Flower Girl blooms almost all year..but this time of year the blooms are more abundant and darker pink. As the summer heats up the blooms will become almost white.
Alstroemeria Regina is another long bloomer. The blooms are almost unreal looking...and make great cut flowers. Although one doesn't cut them, one pulls them from the plant so it comes off at the roots. It's easy and the traditional way to harvest for bouquets.
The fountain bed has brunsfelsia (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow), Rosa Berries and Cream, Solanum jasminoides, pelargoniums, and Alstroemeria Regina blooming right now.
The German chamomile is ready for me to cut to dry for tea.Rosa Climbing New Dawn is happy in a somewhat shady corner. It's just about to climb into the adjacent privet which is fine with me!
Salvia Caradonna blooms behind Salvia Blue Hills.Rosa Demitasse, a miniature rose blooms in the front door bed.
Lavender trumpet vine is blooming on the trellis with a white banksia... the other banksia finished a couple of weeks ago so I appreciate this one holding on to join the trumpet vine.
Rosa Berries and Cream blooms across the yard on a trellis mixed with Solanum jasminoides. Both will bloom all summer but like Flower Girl, this rose will become more white as the temperature rises.
I love carnations! My dad gave us carnation corsages for Easter when we were young so the scent has good memories for me. These are in the front garden.
Other bloomers today:
the last few bearded iris
I appreciate Carol getting us in the habit of doing this monthly list. There is so much to do this time of year in the garden that it's nice to stop and, literally and figuratively, smell the roses!