May Dreams Garden is in Indiana, USA. It is a Gardening Blog/Diary written by Carol who shares photos and stories about her garden. There are many people throughout the world that do this – that is not unique. However she has introduced something through her site that is unique and I feel is such a brilliant idea.
What grows and flowers where and when – how many books are written on this? However, especially with climate change, stories from real gardeners can be invaluable. Carol has come up with an idea that tells real stories of how plants are thriving, or not, throughout the world. She has invited gardeners to share what is in flower in our own gardens on a particular day of the Month, the 15th, by posting plant lists and photos through Blog/Diaries. This is such a fun idea to see what other gardeners like to grow too – giving ideas to all and sharing valuable info.
To join all you need to do is post your photos and lists of what’s in bloom, perhaps what is in bud and what has just finished. It is up to you - it doesn’t have to be all photos but they are great for everyone to see. You then tell Carol that you have taken part by leaving a comment on her page here. This allows her and others to visit your page from the large list she will have there. If you are not able to take part this time you can still see the photos and plant lists by visiting May Dreams Gardens. Below you will see my contribution for May.
The plants above are grown in my front garden with a quartz gravel mulch as they get baked in the sun there. They all grow well through grasses and over rocks.
The Geum above sadly is short lived but I lift and divide it to spread this sunshine orange colour about. My back garden gets more shade. It looks great with the striking pink of the Candelabra primulas and the ornamental grasses.
These plants have some shade growing under my Acer tree and to the side of my pergola. I do love to see them in the early morning as I did today with it dappled upon them.
The plants above always add strong colour to my garden at this time of year. Most of these plants I have had for many years although they have not always been where they are now! I am well known for moving plants around.
I was quite surprised to see two lone narcisi in my grass today - all the other bulbs have passed over and at the end of June we will mow over this grass area again. Today the rest of my grass was in need of a trim - but then I would have missed the daisies!
The scent of boths leaves and flowers of the Choisya are wonderful. My Wisteria has not quite made it into flower for this post but it really isn't far away. The leaves are now beginning to uncurl behind the flower buds which are getting longer every day. I must remember to feed it to get good strong flowers.
Photo above, BAMBOO Sinarundinaria Nitida (Chinese).
This perhaps looks like an odd photo to add to the list for today. Yes, and not too common fortunately. This is my Bamboo in flower - it is now setting seed and will die! I was very unfortunate that I had three good sized plants when last year was the one year in 100 that this plant flowered. Other Bamboos are once in every 30-40 years. I collected seed and will try sowing it - just as an exercise to see if it germinates. The plant I have in flower was spared one more year as I had divided it into another three before it came into flower last year. I have thrown out one, compost bin, and left another to see if it comes back to life in another three or so years purely for sentimental reasons as it was part of a Jungle garden I built with my daughter.
Finally, I would like to wish everyone that drops by this page a Good Bloom Day! I am now looking forward to visiting May Dreams Gardens to see who has been visiting there with garden photos today.
Update Wednesday 16th:
All photographs above were taken in my garden on 15th May 2007.