Bloom Day challenge

The challenge in May is one of editing. You know what I mean: the garden is bursting with bloom. I’ll try to show you new things or especially photogenic things, so as not to bore you with a post that goes on and on…and on.

Tulipa ‘Orange Favorite’

The last of my tulips to bloom is the dramatic ‘Orange Favorite’. When Linda came to the bloggers’ plant swap at my place last fall, she brought me two heirloom tulip bulbs. No way could I have anticipated how much pleasure would be derived from a pair of homely orbs. Thanks again, Linda.

Cornus canadensis

A woodland ground cover planted for its foliage, Cornus canadensis is filling in and blooming (sparsely) for the first time. I like the way the pristine white flowers echo the shape of the leaves.

gifted Aguilegia

The subtle coloration of a columbine that came to me as a gift almost looks like it was airbrushed on, shading from pale yellow to light orange. I was weeding out the buttercups that keep trying to invade the woodland (I thought they were sun-lovers), only to discover that they were propping up this plant.

Aguilegia ‘Swallowtail’

So I left a few around nearby Aguilegia ‘Swallowtail’. The long spurs on this columbine make it special. It was introduced by High Country Gardens, and is the one success story of my mail order dealings with them.

Cranesbill ‘Philippe Vapelle’

I don’t think I have ever noticed the flowers on Cranesbill ‘Philippe Vapelle’. They are dainty, charming and echo the color of surrounding sedums. Too bad for them they are upstaged by the shape and texture of their foliage.

Convallaria majalis

White, scented bells peek through the lush foliage of Convallaria majalis. By next year I should have enough blooming stems to bring inside to perfume the air…and keep the ratio of blooms to leaves about where you see it here.

Enkianthus campanulatus var sikokeanus

Happy to be liberated from life in a pot, Enkianthus campanulatus var sikokeanus didn’t even suffer from transplant shock. Guess it feels the love.

tree peony ‘Chinese Dragon’

Queen for a Day (well, more like a week, but still a brief but glorious run) the tree peony ‘Chinese Dragon’ bears repeating. I lengthen her reign by cutting tight buds to force indoors, and keep cutting single blooms to enjoy as long as possible.

Those are the stars of this SRO show. But wait! There’s more! Just click HERE to see where Carol, our gracious host, will lead you.

17 Responses to “Bloom Day challenge”

  1. Anna Kullgren Says:

    So funny Ricki - I transplanted my Enkianthus this past week too! It too, seems oblivious to the fact, I’m happy to say! Beautiful plants and photos!

  2. Angie Says:

    Delightful blooms Ricki. I do like the foliage on that geranium. Mines is no where near flowering. I’ve an Enkianthus that’s in need of a move if it doesn’t flower this year. Happy GBBD!

  3. Alison Says:

    My Enkianthus is flowering now too, after a year in a pot in my pot ghetto. That tulip at the top of your post is something else. I can’t seem to get Cornus canadensis to thrive in my garden. Maybe I just haven’t found quite the right spot yet.

  4. Lindacoombs Says:

    Lets hope our Tulips return next spring , I ‘ve had too many no shows this year. I’ve just planted c. canadensis , I’m keeping a close watch on it. Planted on a shady dry slope , may have a rough time this dry summer.Happy Bloom day !

  5. ricki Says:

    Anna~Looks like the Enks are not only beautiful but tough: my kind of plant.

    Angie~Anna and I seem to be proof that it works…but don’t hold us responsible.

    Alison~Isn’t it great when everything aligns to give a good photo? Happens with more regularity for you, I’m afraid.

    Linda~The two tulips from you were stars in my garden this spring. I surely hope they do return.

  6. Heather Says:

    Those tulips are incredible! Linda brings the best hostess gifts.

  7. Mark and Gaz Says:

    Editing must have been difficult when you have so many lovely blooms at the moment!

  8. Scott Weber Says:

    I think I may have that same Columbine, Ricki…mine was originally ‘Tequila Sunrise’, but the originals have died off…and their seedlings, which look just like that, live on :-)

  9. Peter Says:

    Great editing! I feel lucky to have procured a comfortable seat at the show before it became SRO! You’ve beautiful bloomers, Ricki!

  10. Christina Says:

    Lovely soft colours for spring. Love that first tulip! Christina

  11. Loree / danger garden Says:

    Wow those orange tulips are scene stealers for sure! Your photo of them is pretty fabulous too.

  12. Jenni Says:

    Oh those tulips! Makes my little Dutch heart sore! Your description of the ‘echo’ of form the flowers on the Cornus canadensis provide, was just perfect. Happy GBBD! Cheers

  13. ricki Says:

    Heather~Doesn’t she just?

    Mark & Gaz~It would be harder if I had more control over my camera instead of crossing my fingers and clicking.

    Scott~I’ll go with ‘Tequila Sunrise’. It sounds about right.

    Peter~Your reserved seating in the dress circle will always be waiting…brush off that top hat.

    Christina, Loree & Jenni~Your votes put the tulips over the top!

  14. Sarah/Galloping Horse Garden Says:

    Everything you chose is so beautiful, although I am especially in awe of that tulip. I had my very first encounter with the Pacific Northwest last week, and I have to say, I’m jealous! All that rain and not too hot - plants that look so-so here look fabulous where you are.

  15. ricki Says:

    Sarah~We sometimes need to be reminded of the up-side when we are whining about the rain. Thanks!

  16. James Says:

    A very nice edit of flowers this month. The Enkianthus looks really exotic to me, nothing like the dryland plants that make up most of my garden. And the tulip–wow. Another rush of plant envy welling up…

  17. ricki Says:

    James~Trading envious thoughts is not a bad way to go.

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