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The Lovely Month of May: GBBD, May 2014

May 15, 2014

columbine macroAfter months of below-normal temperatures, it has suddenly become summer-like in southern Pennsylvania, and my Gettysburg garden has burst into bloom.

Some flowers, like those of Viburnum x Burkwoodii, came and went so quickly that I barely had time to enjoy their spicy fragrance before they began to fade.

The pink and mauve volunteer columbines (Aquilegia) that spring up by the patio each May are particularly glorious this year.

columbines columbine grouping

Bleeding hearts (Lamprocapnos spectabilis) are also at the height of their bloom. I always enjoy the tranquil beauty of this combination of white bleeding hearts with Hosta ‘Francee’.

bleeding heart & francee

barrel annualsThe garden at the front of my rented townhouse is a vision of pink and blue. In the half barrel, pink and blue petunias bloom with osteospermum. At this time of year, a large pink bleeding heart dominates the front flower bed, with blue accents provided by flowers of Pulmonaria on one side and Brunnera ‘Looking Glass’ on the other. 

bleeding hearts
bleeding hearts & pulmonaria bleeding hearts & brunnera

bleeding heart magnificence

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Since May is her favorite garden month, this is a particularly good time to visit her blog to see what’s in bloom in gardens around the world.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. May 15, 2014 10:50 pm

    Wow Jean, spring has certainly sprung! Those little bleeding hearts with the white bits are just so sweet! Enjoy your garden. You’ve waiting a while!

    • May 27, 2014 4:38 pm

      Diane, My Maine garden is now almost at the stage of development that my Gettysburg garden was at when I posted this. I bet spring has even sprung in your garden!

  2. May 15, 2014 11:28 pm

    Happy GBBD, Jean. Your columbines are so pretty! Enjoy the remaining time in Gettysburg – I imagine you’re getting excited about starting the next phase of your life in Maine.

    • May 27, 2014 4:40 pm

      Kris, These volunteer columbines — descendents of some long-ago garden escapee — grow everywhere in Gettysburg. A friend has them in these pink and mauve shades, but also in a deep blue-violet. I will miss them.

  3. May 16, 2014 2:32 am

    A lovely time of year, your May blooms are beautiful.

    • May 27, 2014 4:41 pm

      Chloris, It’s hard not to love May in the US mid-Atlantic region; so many beautiful blooms.

  4. May 16, 2014 8:41 am

    Hello Jean, i always get excited to see flowers from the temperate countries. I want to see the blues and the violets that seems to be forbidden to grow here dictated by the natural laws. We have a lot of flowers but mostly oranges and reds, few yellows. You can’t blame me for looking for the cool colors. If only i can get even just those minute forget-me-not!

    • May 27, 2014 4:46 pm

      Andrea, While I love to have hot red and orange colored flowers in my garden, it is those cool blues and yellows that have captured my heart. I’m glad you can enjoy them in our temperate climate blogs.

  5. May 17, 2014 9:58 pm

    So nice to see spring again, I think we really deserved it this year. For some reason my own bleeding hearts have nearly disappeared this year and I’m hoping they recover.

    • May 27, 2014 4:48 pm

      I’ve had mixed results with bleeding hearts. This one is exceptionally happy, but another in the back flower bed has almost disappeared. In my Maine garden, I was unsuccessful in getting a plant of the white variety established, and the original pink one is barely hanging on. On the other hand, the “Gold heart” cultivar that I added to my serenity garden in Maine a few years ago, is thriving.

  6. May 20, 2014 5:13 am

    Hi Jean, while you’re enjoying spring, we’re forging ahead with the season at the moment as the Iris Sibirica is out and the first roses have opened too. As always the Iris flowers are beautifully elegant and so good that they appear to feature in many of the designer gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show too!

    • May 27, 2014 4:50 pm

      Sunil, Iris sibirica is a favorite of mine. The two clumps of them in my Gettysburg garden were just beginning to show buds when I left there a few days ago. Although I’ve sometimes had some in bloom in my Maine garden at the end of May, I don’t think I will see them until mid-June this year.

  7. May 30, 2014 4:19 pm

    Jean I am just seeing your May blooms and what a beautiful display…I do hope your garden in Maine is welcoming you with bloom now.

  8. garden337 permalink
    May 31, 2014 9:00 pm

    Jeanne, your bleeding heart is just lovely. I have a good friend who lives in Orono and I might be visiting her this summer. I’ll let you know if I’m in Maine. Perhaps we can meet for coffee!

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