Spring Finally Arrives: GBBD, May 2015
While, for some gardeners, May features floral abundance, that doesn’t happen in my garden until June. For me, May is the month when spring really and truly arrives. Spring in Maine is known for being long anticipated and short in duration. How quickly it unfolds can be attested to by the fact that, two weeks after the last of the snow melted, the lilacs (Syringa vulgaris) have already begun to bloom.
Most of my flower beds do not yet have blooms. The exception is the serenity garden, where the hellebores are blooming and the bleeding hearts (Lamprocapnos spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’) are making a lovely display.
|At this time of year, most of my blooms are from wildflower volunteers, like these white violets (Viola blanda) that grow on the back slope.|
|Clumps of bluets (Houstonia caerulea) have popped up in open areas. Dandelions (Krigia dandelion) are adding splashes of yellow color here and there.|
Wild strawberries (Fragaria virginiana) and blueberries (Vaccinium augustifolium) are also beginning to bloom, making sweet promises of delicious berries in the coming months.
A little further afield from my garden, this native Viburnum lantanoides (hobblebush) is blooming at the side of my dirt road, along my walk to the mailbox.
Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol who dreams of May blooms at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her blog to see the wonders of May in gardens around the world.