It is Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day over at May Dreams Gardens, and I thought I would participate this month because the garden is so rewarding at this time of year with all the blooms and fragrances. After such a strange winter and early spring, the weather seems to be getting back to normal. I think the rain we had early in the spring has boosted all the garden plants. The roses are looking so full of foliage and blooms. And when I walk by them, the aroma is heavenly. There were so many rose blooms, I cut some and put them in a vase. Not only is the color beautiful in the house, the aroma is permeating the adjacent rooms.
St Joseph's Coat Climbing Rose
Clematis blooms are coming out and decorating the garden with their various colors.
Nellie Moser Clematis
Blue Light Clematis
Recently, I visited a local garden tour and picked up some yellow mandevilla, but I have red blooming in the garden now.
Irises are in bloom in several areas of the garden. I have them interplanted among other perennials in different beds. I like the look of their straight leaf stalks among some of the feathery or lighter foliage of other perennials. However, on the garden tour I visited recently, (and I was very disappointed that I forgot my camera because I wanted to share it :( ) one of the gardens had an entire bed of irises of various colors that must have spanned 15 to 20 feet. It was stunning. I may try creating an entire bed of irises one day, since they multiply so quickly.
Iris Los Coyotes
Iris Caribbean Deep
One of my butterfly bushes is a variety that only blooms in the spring, but what a display.
And here are some other bloomers in the garden.
Some of the trees are looking so lush and colorful without blooms.
Redbud, Forest Pansy
Weeping Japanese Maple - Green Lace Leaf
Japanese Maples in green and red
Indoors there are a few things blooming...
Orchid Cactus - Epiphyllum
Desert Rose - Adenium
The ice plants are budding and should bloom soon. And some hydrangeas are budding and some are setting buds. The hydrangea below is one I bought to replace one that I lost during some construction in the yard. It makes me very anxious for those hydrangea blooms.
Endless Summer Hydrangea
Check out all the other blooms from other garden bloggers at May Dreams Gardens. Happy gardening!
©Michelle A. Potter