Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day – May 15, 2018

  • Post published:05/15/2018
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Primroses on Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

The Texas sun seemed to be shining on these glowing golden primroses on Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. The garden had hardly any blooms when we left for Texas on May  but our return on May 8 was astounding. I am going to  give a thorough pictorial record of our May 15 blooms.

creamy primroses
Creamy primroses

I’m behind on my spring clean up and weeding so you’ll likely see plenty of weeds. These primroses are increasing nicely. The tall Japanese primroses will be along soon.

Iris reticulata
Iris reticulata

These are the first irises to bloom in the garden.

Dicentra bleeding heart
Dicentra, bleeding heart

This white bleeding heart  was recently given to me in full bloom. Fortunately it adjusted to its new site comfortably.

Grape hyacinths
Grape hyacinths

I don’t remember planting these grape hyacinths last fall. I’m glad  I waited for a while before pulling up the first shoots.


This geum is a wonderful plant. I love the color of the blooms and it is in bloom for a very long season. It also increases at a slow rate and occasionally sends a baby plant off to the side.

Fairy bells, Disporum flavens
Fairy Bells, Disporum flavens

These Fairy Bells throw out shoots at  the same time as Solomon’s Seal, followed by the yellow bells. The bells will last for a couple of weeks, and the foliage will look handsome all season. These are native  to Korea, but they like damp woodlands – which describes their position in the garden.

Wood poppy Stylophorum diphyllum
Wood poppy Stylophorum diphyllum

Also called Celandine poppy. It looks very like, only larger, a weed that grows next to my house. More research needed.

Zizia? Golden Alexanders?

These plants are growing riotously next to the wood poppies. I thought I was planting Golden Alexanders, but one knowledgeable friend said  this was not accurate.  Does anyone have any ideas?

Waldsteinia or barren strawberry
Waldsteinia or barren strawberry

I planted barren strawberry plants along the top of the stone wall, and in front of the rhododendrons. They have done just what I hope for – covering the ground with a dense mat that does a great job of keeping down the weeds. It will only bloom for a while and the very low foliage looks great all season.

Jacob's ladder
Jacob’s ladder


I just moved two clumps of Jacob’s ladder out from under the yellow twig dogwood which has achieved an amazing spread. They have adjusted nicely to their place in  the sun. Well, a little more sun  than they had.

Fringed bleeding heart
Fringed bleeding heart
Bleeding heart
Gold Heart Dicentra

Now I have three different Dicentras: white, fringed and Gold Heart. I love them all.

Summer snowflake
Leucojum aestivum or Summer snowflake

Hard to know why these are called Summer Snowflakes when then bloom so early in the spring – but they are later than the snowdrops.


The Fothergilla looks great – just like  the one on the Bridge of Flowers.

Korean Spice Bush
Korean Spice Bush, Viburnum carlesii

Korean Spice bush is famous for its fragrance.

I thank Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Go on over and see what is in bloom over our great land.


This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Lisa at Greenbow

    You can grow many things in your garden that need all that water. I have tried several of these here but it just gets too hot and dry here. Love the yellow bells. Happy GBBD.

  2. Those primroses are so beautiful. Yellow fairy bells are a plant I haven’t heard of. I do have a solomon’s seal in my shady back yard and would always welcome a new shade plant.

  3. Pat

    Alana – I love those primroses – which I bought at a local independent supermarket. They sell them every year. I never heard of Fairy Bells either, but we have them on the Bridge of Flowers and I got them at the BOF plant sale.

  4. Pat

    Lisa – As you know, I require plants that need water! Sometimes it makes finding a spot for a plant that isn’t so thirsty a challenge.

  5. Eileen

    From the photo, I think your mystery golden alexanders may be a type of senecio , common name is ragwort. I enjoy reading your blog, thanks!

  6. Pat

    Eileen – You are right! Thank you so much for the information and thank you for being a reader. I found that the golden ragwort is listed as both a senecio and a Packera, but it is the same plant. It might be a little too vigorous for my garden.

  7. Arun Goyal

    Lovely assortment of colors,Do primroses are grown as perennial in your region.

  8. Pat

    Arun – they are definitely perennials. The winters seem to hold no threat for them.

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