Saturday, May 15, 2010

May Dreams Bloom Day - Part 2

It is a very good thing I went on my Bloom Day stroll this morning. This afternoon we had a mega wicked thunderstorm with whirling downdraft branch snapping winds and a dash of hail. Over the mountain in the Kingdom of Madison at my neighbors house, the hail was piled into snow drifts where the torrents of rushing water had piled it into heaps.

After the storm the ridge top garden was looking a little bent. It will be fine. There was no major damage and Bloom Day was recorded before the deluge.

There are lots of rhododendrons for this month's Bloom Day.

Many shades and sizes of rhododendrons.

Native woodland plants are also joining in. This is False Solomon's Seal, Maianthemum racemosum. This plant forms nice thick colonies and has a very showy bloom followed by a nice display of berries.

There are stray dwarf evergreen azaleas tucked in here and there.

Iris Lorelei is so prolific, Bulbarella can't give it away fast enough. It ranges from the ridge top garden all the way down to the cozy cabin now.

Light pink rhododendron with a yellow throat.

Dame's Rocket is another naturalized wildflower that has free range of the mountain top.

A Viburnum unknown at the moment. I like this one's rounded form, strong bloom and very good display of red berries to follow. There are a few keiki at its feet that should be moved soon.

The deciduous azaleas are well represented. Botanically they are also a rhododendrons.

This is another shot of the same one. Rest assured a multitude of colors are represented in the deciduous azalea category.

This pinky lilac colored rhododendron seems to be the most common form.

This Bachelor's Button, a Centaurea species was added last year. It is doing quite well and is more than ready for a little division and spreading around.

A closer look at the Dame's Rocket, Hesperis matronalis.

All together now.

A red deciduous azalea in the morning light.

After my morning stroll down the Bloom Day paths, the ticking clock of seasonal time, May 15th to be precise, the last average annual frost date for us sent me immediately to the roadside vegetable garden.

It is time to plant the tomatoes, peppers and squash. Time to seed some corn for me and the raccoon. More on that garden tomorrow.


sweetbay said...

What an amazing display. Your parents should be very proud of their garden.

Lola said...

Beautiful blooms as usual & so many. I'm enjoying them very much.
I wouldn't mind a piece of the iris Lorelei. I think it's gorgeous.
Excellent time for the roadside garden to begin. Now Uncle Ernie can start doing his job.
Enjoy the weekend & planting your garden.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Your gardens are looking quite beautiful. I just love all of those azaleas and rhodies. The paths seem to call one through the garden. The hostas look like exclamation points.

Jan said...

It all looks gorgeous;-) I have wanted to add some native azaleas and I just added false solomon's seal, although mine hasn't taken off, since it was just one small leaf/with root. Hopefully by next year it will have settled in.

Siria said...

It is absolutely gorgeous up there! I love the meandering paths with blooms here and there, and everywhere. Love the bachelor buttons! I hope your parents will come soon so they don't miss too much of this gorgeous display.

Carol Michel said...

Your mountain is awash with blooms. It is time for me to plant my vegetable garden, too. Probably one evening this week..