Dry, dry, dry - that's what most of April and the first half of May has been at Longview Ranch. Never have I had to irrigate as much or as early as this year. And I think the garden is showing the drought already; blooms are fading earlier than usual, too.
But we still have some bright and springlike flowers for this May Bloom Day, starting with the hardest to photograph, Podophyllum ssp. Form A. (the spotted leaves drifting through are actually on Aspidistra lurida 'Ginga'.)
Rosa 'Sally Holmes' is in her first, beautiful flush of bloom.
Ceanothus 'Victoria' will probably put on more growth now, after removal of the eucalypt that partially shaded her. She's delighting visiting bumblebees.
Scilla peruviana is at the apex of bloom.
Luzula nivea is having a very good year. My earliest plants lived in a hotter, drier location and didn't bloom much. These, planted in a shadier spot, are much happier.
Persicaria 'Purple Fantasy'. Who knew it had these cute little flowers?
Eschscholzia californica with the surprise of a particularly nice deep orange version (possibly 'Mikado' from Botanical Interests.)
Loropetalum chinense 'Fire Dance' is coming out of its shell after removal of some cedars that shaded it.
The blooms of Trachycarpus fortunei make a mess every year, but I still love the way they look.
Lewisia columbiana var rupicola (with a few spent dogwood petals as a reality check.)
Iris tenax in the Northwest Territory.
Iris x pacifica 'Simply Wild', with a side of Iris x pacifica 'Meadow Pastels' in a rare white form.
Lastly, Rosa 'Perle d'Or' in all stages of bloom.
As usual, I'm joining the Bloom Day celebration of flowers hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. You can check out lots more May flowers by visiting her there.
Happy Bloom Day, all!
Beautiful! My favorite is the 'Simply Wild' IrisReplyDelete
Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!
'Simply Wild' is a winner, alright. Thanks for visiting!Delete
Interestingly my trachycarpus isn't blooming this year, I'm a little worried as it has bloomed reliably every spring for years. Last year was an amazing bumper crop complete with a lot of seedlings (the neighbors have a male tree).ReplyDelete
I agree that's worrisome. I hope it will be okay!Delete
Oh, that Mikado (if that's what it is) is fetching ! And the Iris ;Simply Wild' ...why do I have no pacific coast iris ?ReplyDelete
You need to remedy that situation, Kathy! Some of them, including 'Simply Wild', are very robust.Delete
I have a few blooms on my palm, but nothing like yours. It's having a banner year! And yes, I hear you about the dry, dry dry. It's very unsettling...ReplyDelete
Hoping for more rain, but not feeling very optimistic...Delete
Such lovely plants. I had to see where you lived, and didn't realize Oregon gets up to an 8b zone. We usually have so much rain in spring here, just south of Nashville, that walking on the grass is like walking on a water logged sponge. I love, love, love your beautiful iris! I grew up in Nevada, and have always enjoyed the hillsides of California poppies in my travels. Enjoyed this post.ReplyDelete
Thank you for visiting, Yvonne! Yes, Oregon, especially the northwest part of the state, is pretty much a paradise for growing a wide variety of plants. We feel very lucky!Delete
MulchMaid - That is a stunning garden. I do appreciate the need for water. We are watering which is unusual; so much of our garden is wet, but not today.ReplyDelete
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