This is my first Bloom Day post in quite a while. Here in my corner of western Massachusetts we are having quite a wet spring. Yesterday over 2 inches of rain fell, causing about the worst flooding in the backyard that we have had so far. Even so, blooms are surviving. The wood poppy is growing on our hugel so it is not flooded but has plenty of water to drink.
There is quite a golden look to the garden right now. Barren strawberry is a great ground cover and is making a great border at the edge of the hugel’s stone wall.
Trollius laxa is a paler gold. I am wondering if I planted Trollius europeanus which is a taller, more golden globeflower. I used to have it in my old garden.
This is the single survivor of a little patch I planted last spring. More gold.
Golden alexanders even have gold in their name. I planted two clumps last year and they are spreading nicely on the bank of the hugel.
I am not sure which geum this is, but it bloomed all summer last year and well into the fall. What a plant!
Geum trifolium is also called Prairie Smoke. The little blossoms will soon be surrounded by delicate haze of smoke – somewhat like the cotina smokebush but on a more delicate and linear scale. Photos will follow in season.
These were left by the previous owners of our house, but after cleaning out the bed they have thrived. I found a small clump of white fringed bleeding hearts which I think came in on the root of a purchased dappled willow.
Columbine is beginning to bloom.
The tiarella is enjoying a long slow season of bloom this cool wet spring.
This aronia, black chokeberry, is coming along very slowly, but I wanted to include it because I am trying to keep track of bloom times.
Bloom is just starting, but there is a good spread of these beautiful flowers in the wettest part of the garden. They were planted last year – gifts from friends – and are thriving. Thank heaven for friends with different plants in their garden.
These nameless little irises are doing fine, even in all the wet. You can see the flood just behind the irises and I can tell you that I sink into the lawn when I come near. Because our garden is so wet I have a number of clumps of Siberian and Japanese irises.
When you look at the photo of the little irises you can see water behind them, but this is a view of the major part of the garden. Our garden is very wet for a variety of reasons. Yards on either side of ours are paved and at a slightly higher level which means some water drains into our garden. Our soil is heavy clay and drains very slowly. The garden beds are all slightly raised to provide better soil as well as a lift from standing water. There is also an underground stream that flows the length of our street. The water can take several days to infiltrate. You can see why I have included so many water loving/tolerant plants.
Thank you Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for giving us Garden Bloggers Bloom Day and the ability to see what is blooming all over our great land.