Tuesday, May 6, 2014

What's Blooming in May?

We've had some cool, wet weather recently. Very unpleasant for gardening.

I planted my tomatoes Saturday, but I fear they felt a little cold. I know it's a tad early but they are in the ground later than other years.

The lawn was aerated last week. Aerating the lawn helps get air and water into the grass, so it's great to do once a year. But until the sod plugs get worked back into the soil it looks a bit unsightly, like a thousand Chihuahuas simultaneously took a dump on the lawn. I have my lawn service do this for me. It's worth the cost to not have to do it myself.

Sod plugs from lawn aeration.

When you have a real dog, you have to be extra careful stepping in the grass.

My spring plant buying splurge is in full swing. I've been to many nurseries buying plants here and there, mostly perennials and some 6-packs of annuals. There are lots of holes in the flower beds to fill. I just need a few sunny days to get everything situated.

Here's some of what's currently blooming...

Paeonia suffruticosa 'High Noon 海黄'
Tradescantia 'Unique Gold' (Golden Spiderwort)
Iris x pacifica 'Meadow Pastels' ?
Iris tenax (Oregon Iris)
Lewisia cotyledon 'Sunset Series' (Bitterroot)
Saxifraga crustata?
'Paeonia suffruticosa 'Koukamon 皇嘉门' - See the tag? The color looks pretty different.
Arenaria montana (Sandwort) sneaking through.
Dryopteris erythrosora (Autumn Fern) unfurling
Trillium recurvatum (Bloody Butcher)
A Foxglove that grew out of nowhere! Pretty good placement!
Melittis melissophyllum 'Royal Velvet Distinction' (Bastard Balm)


  1. What did you buy at Cistus?

    (love the chihuahua visual, that's exactly what it looks like!)

    1. I bought several Sedum and a Pittosporum heterophyllum. I didn't buy to much at Cistus. We also went to Heronswood and Xera that day, so I had to pace myself.

  2. Looking good. I especially like that Lewisia's color.