Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

I have been a bad blogger lately and for that I apologize. So much stuff going on (yes, work, what else?) that I can barely find time to garden, let alone write about gardening. I've composed dozens of posts in my head, of course, each one more thoughtful/enlightening/witty than the last. I'm so sorry I haven't been able to share them with you.

It's been cold on Tiger Mountain! So much so that my window sills are still crammed with tender vegetable plants that in another year would have been in the greenhouse by now. But night time lows are still in the 30's every night, even inside the greenhouse. Zone 4 and 5 gardeners who envied everything that was growing for me in March and April, you can gloat now. Irises aren't showing buds. The peas I planted in February are thriving but not a single blossom. That peony that was shooting skyward and setting buds on April 9? Six weeks later it’s still just in bud:

But. Enough complaining. On to what's in bloom on Tiger Mountain on Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.

Because it’s been too cold for most of my perennials, it’s mostly shrubs that are in bloom this month:
daphne ‘Carol Mackie’
enkianthus campanulatus
evergreen and deciduous azaleas.
double file virburnum
viburnum sargentii
Aronia melanocarpa
clematis x cartmanii 'Avalanche', a pretty little evergreen clematis, blooming for the first time ever.

There are some perennials in bloom:
columbine (lots of different cultivars), icelandic poppies (they're loving this weather!), and a lovely little single peony I acquired in 2003, Paeonia veitchii var. woodwardii, also bloomed for the first time ever. Worth the wait.
Finally, because I haven’t been time to weed out my “be careful what you wish for” plants, there’s myosotis (forget-me-not) and sweet woodruff everywhere!

azalea (
I think this one is R. calendulaceum) and myosotis

enkianthus and myosotis

viburnum plicatum (double file viburnum) and sweet woodruff

aquilegia and mysotis

aquilegia and sweet woodruff

Iceland poppy and myosotis

viburnum sargentii (these flowers turn into clusters of golden berries in the fall) I cropped out the myosotis, but trust me, it's there.

In the meadow: buttercup, aka ranunculus repens, aka the bad ranunculus, to distinguish it from the sweet non-invasive ranunculus in my borders.

In the woods: Pacific Dogwood, Stinging Nettle (marking the end of the nettle foraging season), thimbleberry, and Himalayan blackberry (aaargh)

Breaking bud: Joseph's Coat climbing rose. Ignore the black spot on the leaves. That's what I do.


Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Hello Molly,

Thanks for visiting my post for May Bloom Day - you've got a lot happening in your garden. Since most of your plants will have nothing to do with my hot, alkaline Texas soil, seeing your blooms is a treat.
I love the color combination on the Iceland poppy and forget-me-nots, and hope you see your peony soon.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

16 May, 2007 13:47  
Blogger Carol said...

I love the double-file viburnum and it seems that everyone has some columbine blooming. All your flowers look great, even in the cold. Thanks for participating in bloom day, where there is no "late"!

16 May, 2007 16:21  
Blogger InlandEmpireGirl said...

It is nice to see what is going on in your garden. We do garden quite a bit alike. I have too much Sweet Woodruff also. It was so cute at first! My columbines look similar to yours. Mine didn't survive a few years ago, but the Joseph's Coat is one of my all time favorite roses. I hope you find time to get out and enjoy your gardens.

16 May, 2007 21:40  
Blogger Kate said...

I'm glad to see you posting again! You have lots happening in your garden...I love the Viburnum in bloom. And Daphne ... you are lucky.

Ah the joys of sweet woodruff ... till it starts growing everywhere.

I like your attitude - enjoy the roses and ignore the spot. No one will notice anyway!!

16 May, 2007 22:54  
Blogger Green thumb said...

Dear Molly, thanks for stopping by India Garden.
I must say that you have a beautiful Bloom collection. I especially loved the Double file Viburnum.

17 May, 2007 03:29  

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