Spring Flowers (and a few birds)


May is flowing by in a busy rush, as it always does. Spring perennials like this pink azalea are blooming, but I don’t have much time to look at them. I’ve taken a few pictures as proof!


White viburnum, which we thought would give us some nice fall color in the leaves. Nope, that’s a different viburnum, but the spring flowers are pretty.

SpiderwortSpiderwort flourishes in our shady yard, each bloom open for only a day, but there are plenty on each stalk, so they last a few weeks.


A perennial blue salvia that the bees like. Doesn’t last long, but striking while it’s here.


As the azaleas are finishing, our huge rhododendrons are blooming. Hard to believe we planted these three as small shrubs, they’re now about 7 feet high and equally wide.


Our pink dogwood didn’t have many flowers this year. Probably not getting enough sun.


Last year I put in several kinds of ground cover along the front bed where I used to plant annuals every year, hoping to cut down on the work. These did well, especially the chartreuse one. The weeds still grow among them, but not as many.


I don’t remember what this shrub/tree is called, we put it in so long ago, but the bees are enjoying the blossoms this year. I have to cut it back to the ground every other year or it would take over the front garden, and the year after that it doesn’t bloom, so it’s like this every other year.


We planted a few columbines years ago, and they naturalized and spread around the yard, but this is the only one that came up this spring. Not sure why, maybe our cold winter.


Beautiful blue iris are blooming at the edge of the pond. This is a water-loving type that likes wet feet.


I’ve been feeding the birds black oil sunflower seed in this tube feeder since November, but I’m nearly out of it, and won’t buy more now. When the party’s over it will be a shock to a pair of Blue Jays that are grabbing them constantly, no doubt feeding young. It’s sad, but no matter when I stop feeding, someone will feel the pinch, and I don’t want to feed all summer. My other tube feeder has niger thistle seed for the Goldfinches, but as always happens in mid to late May, they’ve departed for wherever their nesting grounds are, and we won’t see them much until late fall.


Our Cardinal pair are also feeding, mostly on the ground, but the male has figured out how to land on the tube feeder perch and get seed there, too.


Memorial Day weekend is when I plant some annuals. Having cut back this year, I’m only putting them in planters, none in the ground, and I was able to get them all planted in three hours this year instead of the usual 8-12 hours it used to take. Two large geraniums are on the front porch along with some begonias.


More begonias are scattered around the yard edge along with other annuals like lobelias and petunias. I also planted a new rosemary bush to replace the large one that died over the winter, and some chives. Was considering a few other herbs, but those were the ones I found yesterday locally.


Dianthus in some of the planters came back well, and should last a few years. I added a few new ones. They bloom for about a month then are dormant over the summer, but sometimes have another smaller bloom in the fall.

Gardening seems so promising this time of year, hope springs eternal and all that, but only time will tell how things go. Some years we do well, others we have a drought or too much rain and the garden suffers. But there are more perennials that will be blooming in the summer and fall, so there’s always that to look forward to if the annuals don’t thrive.

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