In April, Garden Bloggers Bloom Day began with snow...
|Periwinkle Peeking Out from Snow
followed by three straight weeks of low temps well below freezing.
But today on this 15th day of May...
we're having a HEAT wave.
The Hottest temperatures EVER recorded for this time of the year.
High was 93°F on Monday.
Today only 88°F.
A very late start to our Spring, indeed,
but the SUNSHINE and hot temps of this week
have everything turned up to turbo speed.
Here's a few of the perennials blooming in my gardens
on this May GBBD...
These blooms are survivors.
They sleep during the harshest of winters
then peek out from the soil when the sun warms the earth.
It really is quite amazing.
|'Chocolate Chip" Ajuga with Snapdragons soon to POP!
The dainty blue flowers of this Ajuga is a delight
from Spring to early Summer.
Deer resistant and prefers shade with morning sun,
it's hardy but not too invasive.
|Do you know my name?
I really have know idea what this bloom is
but I do know that it's a beauty.
Purchased several seasons ago at a clearance sale ... with no tag.
It loves living in my gardens
and happily blooms all throughout the summer.
Hannah from Weeding on the Wild Side has identified my little beauty... Astrantia.
With further research I've discovered it is actually
Astrantia 'Moulin Rouge'.Sir James Edward Smith (1759-1828), one of the most preeminent British Botanist of the late 17th and early 18th century said this of my beautiful little bloom: “The more refined admirers of Nature” rate Astrantia among their favorite blossoms. The flowers bloom like tiny enchanting fireworks: a starburst of bracts surround the spray of small flowers and splashy groups of buds shoot out from branched stems like the finale on the Fourth of July.
Yes, that describes my little bloom to a tea
and since it surely is a favorite bloom of mine
I will gladly accept the title of
one of "the more refined admirers of Nature". ♥
|'Tiny Rubies' Dianthus
Tiny little blooms no more than half an inch
will cover this globe shaped plant through June.
Sweet and delicate, it's one of my favorites.
Windflowers belong to the Anemone family...
their tall delicate stems sway in the slightest breeze.
One of my favorite white flowers of my gardens.
And soon to arrive... if the sun decides to stay...
Peonies will soon begin to unfurl their tight little balls of bud
to become the stars of our perennial garden.
Wait for it...
wait for it...
Unless the Iris beats them to it!
Oh but there's much more blooming in my gardens...
stay tuned for the Parade of Annuals we're planting
for the BIG celebration coming to my gardens.
Spending all my time in the gardens
sprucing up the old and planting the new...
it's gonna be amazing.
If my tired old bones can keep up the pace.
Grateful for GBBD that brought me in from the gardens
to create this post. ;)