I really can’t figure out which is my favorite month of the garden. I Iove April because of all the wonderful plant awakenings (beautiful foliage everywhere) and the TULIPS! But now that it is May, I love the BIG blooms of peonies and irises, the constant supply of greens and the happy promises of so much more to come…
I have a few Peonies (Paeonia) in my garden. The two that bloom first are coral-colored. I think the name of this one is ‘Coral Charm’ but the tag was not completely readable when I purchased it, so it is a bit of a guess. (Pretty sure I am right though.)
The big blooms are gorgeous although a bit fleeting. However, this year it has produced well over 25 blooms and it was just planted four years ago! A few of these are being cut to enjoy in the house, most definitely!
Here is a shot of the other coral peony. It is called ‘Coral Sunset’ and is getting ready to bloom. There are just two blooms, but it was only planted last fall, so pretty good…
Another boozy bloom that I enjoy in May is the bearded iris (I. germanica). This deep purple iris occupies a few spots in my main perennial border. Unfortunately, I don’t know it’s name either. It was a start from my Mom’s garden, but I love the deep, rich, purpley/blue color so that is enough for me. :)
Last year I planted Salvia ‘Madeline’ behind the purple iris to see what the effect would be. I like it!
A full-sun shot of the main perennial border…darn that light is bright!
The greens have been fabulous this year as we have had a truly “moderate” Spring in our area. Spring is a bit of a wild ride here in the Intermountain West with temps all over the place, lots of wind and many years very little moisture. Fortunately, all of those things have been downplayed this year and we’ve enjoyed rains and many days in the 60’s.
The greens have responded and there have been many leafy dinners over the last few weeks! Here’s a few shots of what I’ve been growing and my family has been eating.
Flashy trout back lettuce – purchased as a small plant start and planted in early April.
‘Paris Island’ lettuce – purchased as a small plant start.
Rows of Hudson Valley Seed Library’s ‘Ultimate Salad Bowl’ – planted as seed in early April.
SeedBallz Lettuce (Red & Green) – planted in late March
I went a little crazy with greens this Spring since we are on our 6th night of ‘salad night’ at our house. ‘Salad night’ means our main course is some type of salad that is considered a full meal – taco salad, caesar salad, chicken mediterranean salad, etc.. My family is a little over the fresh greens thing, so tonight we will just have a small side salad with a completely different entrée. I don’t want to completely burn them out!
Here’s a few more fun shots of what is happening in the May garden and the promise of more nutritious food to come…
Deliciously fresh and fragrant self-seeded cilantro!
Apple trees look like they will be offering up a tasty crop!
Pretty Verbascum that does so well in the Boise Valley…
Many, many blooms on the Boysenberry! Yum!
How about you? What big blooms do you enjoy in May and are you stuffing home-grown greens in your body every day? What sorts of promises is the garden making to you in May? :)