Saturday, May 15, 2010

Down The Bloom Day Path

Word on the web is that it is Garden Blogger's Bloom Day. Word on the mountain is that there are tons of blooms out there. As a matter of fact there are so many blooms out there, Carol's May Dreams Bloom Day will come in two separate posts. Plus I am having dinner with the neighbors.

The ridge top garden alone is close to an acre and a half. You can't see everything from one place or one vantage point. For the full effect you must travel down the garden paths to discover what is blooming today.

Over the hill and around every bend there is bound to be something new that wasn't open yesterday.

A shaded woodland garden that still retains a good bit of its wild offers up many more delicate blooms.

Iris cristata and Hyacinthoides hispanica line the paths. Geranium maculatum mingles freely.

The shaded paths lead to sunnier more open areas where a multitude of blooms create a colorful cacophony.

Is it a blooming meadow? Is it one huge perennial border?

The wild things blur the edges and defy definition.

Down the Bloom Day paths we go in search of the flowers of May Dreams.

They are out there in the wild cultivated garden.

Be sure to come back later and see what I found.


Lola said...

If it were any prettier I couldn't stand it. GORGEOUS.
Oh my, what could it be?

chuck b. said...

It's very pretty. You're making a strong case for rhodies, that's for sure.

Dreamybee said...

Are those lilies in the first picture? My goodness, they're beautiful whatever they are! I love a woodland forest-so calm and peaceful. What a beautiful day on the mountain. :)

Les said...

I have always loved the mix of wild and cultivated. How do you deal with the deer?

LC said...

What a wonderful woodland... I love all the plants, especially the iris cristata and rhodies are gorgeous. I've been working for years to create my own woodlands out of what was a Wisconsin cow pasture... I'm thankful to view yours! Larry

Siria said...

Hi Christopher! What a wonderful garden stroll you took us on. It's beautiful!

Christopher C. NC said...

Lola there is always more on this mountain than I can possibly report on.

Chuck in this natural seting where they are not pruned into boxes, squares and circles, the rhodos have a better chance at showing their natural beauty.

Dreamybee that first picture is a deciduous Flame Azalea.

Les the deer here are not much of a problem. They tend to eat the wild things first. They don't even eat the hosta. Late fall last year they were hanging out under the apple trees and stomping on things, but no major damage. Scared the kitties more than anything.

LC this forest was pasture land about 40 years ago.

Siria it is gorgeous right now. A bit mushed after a torrential down pour. One inch in an hour, but we can use the water.

joco said...

Hiya Christopher,

H. hispanica or H. non-scripta...
I think they are both lovely but here in the UK there is a blind panic to keep the two from fraternizing.
The British Isles have more than two thirds of the entire world's non-scripta, our native English Bluebells.
The spanish interlopers, introduced by garden importers, are much stronger and the hybrids are now colonizing our woodlands to the extinction of the non-scripta ones.
Sad, but unavoidable now.

Lovely woodland scenes.

Sylvana said...

I LOVE that first azalea! Absolutely gorgeous!

If I had some wooded land, I would do the same thing with it. I love flowery woodland walks.