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Bloom Day May 15, 2011

I don’t think I have ever had this Bloom before on my blog. Several forsythia bushes were here when we bought they house : they are so old and entrenched that we have never been able even to contemplate the work it would take to pull them out. They rarely bloom, but they sure do grow.  But this year!  Not spectacular, but a regular profusion. A milder winter?  Global climate change? I have no idea why, but the blossoms are very welcome.

Ice Wings daffodil?

There are lots of daffodils in bloom right now. I must have at least eight varieties in various shades of yellow and white, but I will let this one stand in for all the rest. I think it is Ice Wings and it is the most unusual of my collection. If it is Ice Wings it is a tazetta. The daffodils grow in the lawn and you can see the hawkweeds budding up.

Primroses

I love the yellow primroses that has been blooming in this weedy spot under the trees near our blueberry patch for probably 20 years, ever since I stuck the pot that I bought at the supermarket in the ground.

Cherry blossoms

We planted this sour cherry tree years ago.  I love cherry pie.  But we never get the berries, the birds do.

There are thickets of wild cherry trees around the hen house. When I look from a distance they are not impressive, and when I look up close they are just beautiful.

Cotoneaster

Last year for the first time the cotoneaster bloomed.  Or at least I noticed it for the first time. The blossoms are quite quince-like.

Muscari

Three blooms in one photo.  Muscari or grape hyacinths growing in the lawn, as well as dandelions, of course, and if you look very carefully in the top left corner, a yellow daffodil.

Bluets

We’ve been planting our windbreak and saw the first clump of bluets just starting to bloom.  These must be a wildflower, surely.

Viburnam

The vibrunams growing in our woods where they can get a few rays of sun have started blooming.  Can I call this plant a wildflower, too?  They seem to grow wild in the local woods.

There are other plants blooming, white and purple violets in the lawn as well as ground ivy, johnny jump-ups, sweet violets (not the lawn kind)-  and the lilacs have fat buds, but no bloom yet.

Thank you Carol for inventing this wonderful way for us all to keep a good bloom record of our gardens, and for making it possible to visit the blooms in gardens across the country. Click here to visit Bloom Day at May Dreams Gardens.

7 comments to Bloom Day May 15, 2011

  • Wow, what a great photo of the cherry blossoms! My forsythia seems to be growing like crazy, too, so I guess I should probably figure out the best way to prune it. Thanks for sharing your lovely blooms!

  • Love your primroses. And your cherry trees! What beautiful blooms they have! Cherry trees are not happy here – the winters are too hot. So, I admire others’, with just a touch of envy. Happy GBBD!

  • Hawkweed is one I did not know. Your cherries are really pretty. I love this time of year for all the cherry blooms.

  • You have so many lovely blooms! I especially like your white daffodil in the lawn. I have been looking at your rugosa roses – you have a wonderful collection. Do you do anything with hips?

  • Nice post and blog. what is a common weeder?

  • Lisa at Greenbow

    I so want soem primroses. I meant to get some this spring but forgot. It is fun seeing yours. Yay for the forsythia blooms. Happy GBBD.

  • Pat

    Anneliese – The blooms are all so happy this month. You don’t need a fine hand to prune forsythia. Just hackaway as you wish after they bloom.
    Holley – No matter where we live, certain plants inevitably give us Zone envy.
    Donna – you will probably see hawkweed on my blog soon.
    Masha – One year, with a young friend, we made rose hip jam, and we had fun and are glad we did it, but once was enough.
    Greggo – a common weeder, is one who pulls up common weeds – like the dandelion.
    Lisa – The primroses are a delight.

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