Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day – May 15, 2021

A bloom day array

On this Bloom Day I wanted to give you an idea of the garden, with its spring blooms. I have a clump of small blue irises (don’t ask me which type) The beautiful ‘Goldheart’ bleeding heart, a peek at the last of the grape hyacinths on  the other side of the bed,  the low growing bistort next to the fothergilla and the blue of an energetic creeping phlox groundcover.


Epimediums are wonderful plants. I have several epimediums that are slightly different, and come in different colors, sometimes carried differently. I got all of mine from, a great nursery who specialize in this friendly plant. They like the shade, aren’t too fussy about soil and here in Greenfield they increase nicely. You can give a clump to your friends.

Yellow epimedium
White epimedium

This epimedium raises its flower high, and the leaves are quite different as you can see. Lots of choices if you are interested in low growing spring flowers.


I have lots of daffodils, all carelessly chosen every fall. I never remember their names. In spite of being so careless I have ended up with different varieties with different bloom times.

Fairy Bells

The only place I have every seen Fairy Bells is at the Shelburne Fall Bridge of Flowers plant sale. They don’t mind the shade, or  the dampness of my garden.

Geum avens red

I have grown and lost geums because of too much dampness. I am hoping that  this spot is sufficiently dry.


I think this deep purple lilac is Yankee Doodle. It was one of the first large shrubs we bought in 2015. I bought Beauty a Moscow at the same time but after a couple of years it got a blight. This year I bought a new Beauty of Moscow, lovely  with pink buds opening to white with sweet fragrance.

Centaurea montana

We have a ‘hell strip’ in front of our house that gives us another space to add flowers. Centaurea montana blooms early and goes through June in  our town.\

I want to thank Carol over at for giving us Bloom Day, a day  to show off our own gardens, and a chance to admire gardens all across our great land – and beyond.

This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Beautiful! My favorites are the Lilacs and the Fairy Bells
    Happy Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day!

  2. Lisa at Greenbow

    It is all about the right plant for the situation. Pretty bells.

  3. Pat

    Lisa – Quite right. Both plants are lovely.

  4. Pat

    Lea – I am so happy with the garden this year. We are going into our 6th year in our ‘new’ house and garden.

  5. Yvonne

    Lovely array of May blooms in your garden.

  6. Pat

    Yvonne – Thanks for visiting. May is a wonderfully floriferous time.

  7. plantbirdwoman

    Your spring garden is absolutely lovely. I can see why you are happy with it. I envy you the lilacs. Can’t grow them here, but at least we have vitex.

  8. Ray

    I am glad you don’t ignore the hell strip. I use it too, but must be careful with the layout because when cars park there, people need to open the car door and get out .. and I don’t want them on top of my plants.

  9. Pat

    Ray – When I planted the hell strip I was very careful to arrange three sections. Plants – grass – Plants. When people park in front of the house there is a perfect space for at least the person in the front seat. I don’t want people stepping on things either.

  10. Pat

    Plantbirdwoman – I do love my lilacs – a memory of my childhood. Your comment sent me off to find out what Vitex is. The photos I saw online look quite beautiful. We have a daughter who just moved to the Dallas area (from the Houston area) and her new house came with nice plants next to the building, but I don’t think she will be planting an vitex, but I’m going to mention it.

  11. Lisa

    Nice to have daffodils, mine were done long ago. I love my new perennial bachelor button, Amethyst Dream! Nice you plant your sidewalk strip (“hell” strip is a new term lately for me). I don’t have one, but for some reason when they widened the street they added some on half the block. No one does a thing, not even cut the weeds down. It’s an eye sore, and really, the city’s fault!

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