May 2018 - Garden Bloggers Bloom Day
It was quite a visual switch to come back to Oregon where spring is just now entering it's middle stage after visiting Austin where spring is ending and the hot temps of summer are taking hold.
|The forget-me-nots self seed around the Rainy Day Garden|
|geum 'Totally Tangerine' is a staple in my gardens. The bright orange blooms sway in the wind and provide springtime pollinators a food source.|
|The stunning aquilegia 'Black Barlow'. It has been in the garden for three years and reaches a solid three feet high. It's my favorite columbine.|
|aquilegia 'Red Clementine'|
|NOID aguilegia but is gorgeous!|
|aquilegia 'Icy Blue' from Xera Nursery|
|NOID purple aquilegia. It's looks a bit alien....|
|NOID yellow aquilegia|
After planting last year, lupine 'Blue Shades' is blooming. I have three of them and enjoy the purple wall of color they create.
|lupine 'Blue Shades'|
I planted three ceanothus 'victoria' shrubs a few years ago, in hopes of blocking the view of my neighbors junk yard through the chain link fence. They have been growing well and are fantastic for the bees that hang out in my garden. As the plants mature, they are providing the privacy I had hoped for.
I always enjoy the cheerful pink hearts on lamprocapnos spectabilis. I only wish I could get them to last longer. I'm finding out the hard way that my newly designed front flower bed just gets too hot for these pretty hearts. The past few springs have had a few short stints of warm weather and these plants suffer terribly. I'm moving all three from the front beds to the back yard in hopes of finding shade and a longer blooming window.
Finally, here are some wider shots of the back yard when the spanish bluebells were at their peak of color.
|Silver Cat on his perch, neighbors junk yard in the background|
|And the ever towering massive homes in the background|
The bluebells were pretty, but now I'm left with their mess and have been cutting them down for after work for several evenings now. This is the time of year when I need two city issued yard debris bins.
I'm joining Carol over at May Dreams Garden for the monthly parade gardeners show casing their blooms every 15th of the month.