Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - May 2018

To start of this bloom day I present you with this Exbury Azalea. Normally it has a lot of blooms but it isn't releasing all of the buds at this time. We haven't had rain this month so it is a bit too dry for too many blooms. Plus...the dreaded rabbits at half of this shrub last winter. I am just happy it has any blooms after that treatment.
The Buckeye shrub Aesculus pavia  is also reacting to this lack of rain. We will still have a few buckeyes just not as many as usual. 
This pretty little yellow Baptisia is not phased by the lack of rain. 
Neither is the catmint. I think this is the best it has ever looked. It may be because it is it's third year in the garden. 
The wind has played havoc with the big white irises this year. Kate doesn't seem to think a thing of it. She has some sparse blue blooms. She really likes more moisture than she is getting. I have threatened several years to pull her out since she goes dormant in August, as in dying to the ground, when we get our normal drought and high temps. 
The drying winds have caused the irises not to last so long but it is nice that these white ones edged in lavender have held on for today. You see we still have quite a bit of columbine blooming too. 
The first blooming clematis is all revved up. 'Multi Blue' doesn't seem to mind the dry weather. 
Around on the north side of the house the Jack-in-the-pulpits are blooming and looking taller than normal. I am glad they don't seem affected by the lack of water. 
What is Princess Annie doing you as? Why she is watching over the robins. If you look close you can see that these little chicks have a lot in common with the Honeysuckle blooms. 
The inside of their mouths are a dark orange while their "lips" are a pale yellow. They seem to be healthy. Mom and Dad are constantly bringing in the food. The chicks sit like this almost all day. 
Mouths open. The biggest one can almost launch it's self out of the nest. That would be a disaster. I hope it stays put. Their little eyes aren't even open yet. It won't be long.
For more blooms from all over flick over to Carol's May Dreams Garden to see what all everyone else has blooming this month. 

Other plants blooming at Greenbow
Weigelia 'Red Prince'
Kerria 
Variegated Weigelia with pink and white blooms
A blue columbine
Holly shrubs
Ninebark 'Little Devil'
Water plant
Snowball bush


31 comments:

  1. Love the Buckeye and yellow Baptisia. Wish I had both. The little baby Robins are so cute!

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    1. Thanks Jason. I spend entirely too much time watching those little cuties.

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  2. That is an amazing flower! We have a robin’s nest right out our back door too. I just noticed it the other day and thought of you. Silly birds. I don’t know of a spot with more traffic at our place. It’s fun seeing those little beaks pop up though.

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    1. Yes, I spend entirely too much time watching the chicks. I am easily entertained.

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  3. I was already oohing and awing over your blooms and then you showed baby robins! While I'm sure there are baby birds about here too (I'm almost positive the scrub jays are nesting somewhere on my back slope), their nests all appear to be well hidden. I'm sorry you're experiencing your own problems with low rainfall - I know how frustrating that is!

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    1. We have Blue Jays here Kris. It is amazing to me that these loud gregarious birds can be so secretive when they are nesting.

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  4. Love your catmint, Lisa, nice color and size. I tried to grow it but unsuccessful. The robin's kindergarden is doing well, they constantly want to eat.

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    1. Yes, the catmint is doing well. It was a pass along plant from a friend.

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  5. I am not kidding that we are getting all your rain when I saw our stats for the month. The catmint likes it hot, dry and sunny which is what you have at the moment. I am accepting the fact that we are going from winter into summer with only a couple of days of spring.

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    1. I can believe you are getting our rain. I am at this very moment running the sprinkler. It feels like mid August. Actually today is a little cooler. It has rained someplace near us because the temp lowered some and it is overcast. Our spring vanished before it even got here. SIGH~~~~

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  6. Those robins are so darling! I hope they all fly off when they are grown and strong and eat all the bad bugs in your garden. :)

    Your flowers are mostly exotics here--the catmint, buckeye, and Baptisa are particularly beautiful. Hope you get some rain soon!

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    1. Ha, that is what I always think when I see your posts.

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  7. Love to see the little robins are doing fine. You have a beautiful collection of plants, we cannot grow. Thanks for sharing. Groetjes Hetty

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  8. What a lovely azalea! I've given up on azaleas after killing three of them. The baby robins are so cute, and what great photos of them. I never can see the babies here as their nests are too high up or in densely branched trees, but I've seen the mommas busy building nests and then bringing food to them. Hope you get some rain soon--we've gotten just enough, but the bad storms have passed us by so far, thankfully.

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  9. Wow! lots of beautiful flowers and love the photo of the birds in their nest ~ awesome!

    Happy Week to you,
    C & Z

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  10. Your Baptisia and Catmint are thriving with the lack or rain! We have been the opposite with a rain pattern stalled out right over the eastern seaboard for several days now. I love the photos of the baby robins...so precious! Happy Bloom Day!

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  11. Wow, you are way ahead of me now. Your Irises, Azaleas, and Buckeyes are stunning! Cute little robin babies!

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  12. I just bought 'Multi Blue' clematis and so glad I did. Yours is stunning! I miss red buckeye. I don't think I have seen it out here.

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    1. I bet Multi Blue will do even better in your environment Phillip. It is one of my favorite bloomers in spring. It will also have a few blooms through out summer just not as many as right now.

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  13. I Love the Robin chicks Lisa. They looks so very vulnerable.
    My blackbird chicks have now fledge. Only two left though, but that is better than none :)
    Your garden is way ahead of mine now. We have hit a cold spell again.....it was the wind yesterday. I worked in in the garden in a warm jacket yesterday.
    Rabbits love Azalia they cleared mine years ago.
    I hope that yours is a survivor.

    Give Annie a pat.....good girl guarding the chicks.

    Have a good weekend Lisa.

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    1. Excuse mistakes Lisa, have a nasty headache today :(

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    2. Oh no. I hope you get to feeling better soon Cheryl. It is a terrible time of year for allergies and the swift changes in weather does keep one stirred up. Big hugs.

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  14. Hi Lisa,
    I didn't realize you're having such dry weather. Wish I could bottle some of our rain for you! All in all, everything looks lovely. Your Catmint is fuller than mine ever have been and I love the Honeysuckle! Wow! The size of the blossoms.

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  15. Great macro shot of the lily ~ glad you enjoyed the rainbow on my blog ~

    Happy Day to you,
    C & Z

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  16. Hi Lisa, how beautiful.

    r. on the succulents here on the site they stay outside. I've had it for about 6 years. I only shot seedlings.
    And the winter here is also very cold. Sometimes snow falls but very little.
    Good continuation of month.
    janicce.

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  17. Happy Bloom Day Lisa! Your garden is looking good in spite of the rain. I hope your garden gets some soon. In Oklahoma, we've gotten just the right amount two weeks in a row. Here's to more before the awful heat sets in.~~Dee

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  18. Lisa - in spite of the dry weather you are having - the garden is looking gorgeous. That yellow azalea is so unusal - I have only seen pink - white - red! Yellow is so pretty. Thanks for sharing your beautiful flowers. Hugs!

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  19. Thanks for visiting and commenting and glad you enjoyed the 'misty photo' ~

    Happy Day to You,
    C & Z

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  20. Again ~ so glad to have you 'visit' and thanks for your comments ~

    Happy Day to you,
    C & Z

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  22. Your garden's looking great! I love the picture of the little birds. It's amazing how hungry they are.

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