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Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – May 2012

My flowery mead

Spring has come in starts and stops here in Heath, Massachusetts and so has the blooming season. The lawn, otherwise known as the flowery mead, is in full bloom. Here I show dandelions (of course,) white violets, and ajuga that has migrated into the lawn in a number of places. There are blue violets, too, and creeping ivy with its violet flowers.

Robin plantain

Colonies of this plant have come up in various sections of the lawn. I think I have an ID.  I believe this is robin plaintain, Erigeron pulchellus. At least that is as close as I get using my wildflower guide. The flowers are actually a little more of a gentle plummy lavender with a yellow center. My camera has not captured the color well at all.


I don’t know what variety of lamium this is, or how it came into the garden, but there is a large spreading patch in the shady area at the wild edge of the peony bed, and going down towards the road. A very nice gift from Mother Nature. Or someone.

Barren strawberry

The barren strawberry, Waldsteinia fragarionides, was planted behind the peony bed, where there is (was) lawn. It has spread nicely, but there is still lots of lawn.  The yellow blossoms are just coming into bloom.This year I am planting three more big pots. This is a native groundcover that I bought at Nasami Farm where the New England Wildflower Society does its propagating. I am so lucky to live nearby.

Miss Willmott lilac

I thought the lilacs were a little slow this year, but since the Arnold Arboretum in Boston just celebrated Lilac Sunday yesterday, and their bloom season begins earlier than hours, I guess we are about on time. The other lilacs are also just starting, and will be gone by June’s Bloom Day.

Daffs, forget-me-nots and grape hyacinths

This little group blooms under a weeping birch. The daffodils are nearly done, and the forget-me-nots, blue and white varieties, have come up hither and thither in the Lawn Beds.

I have a long bloom season of daffodils, encompassing many varieties, but this is one of my favorites, poeticus, or the pheasant eye daff which is among the last to come into bloom.

Bud of Guan Yin Mian tree peonyWhen I first began posting for Bloom Day I was assured that buds count. This is the first fat bud on Guan Yin Mian, a beautiful pink tree peony, but all the tree peonies will have come and gone by June 15.


A couple of years ago I was stunned to find out that one of my two cotoneasters had come into bloom. Unfortunately, I do not know the variety.


I love this sunny flower, Trollius, which blooms on the Bridge of Flowers as well as in my garden. A couple of these will be for sale on Saturday, at the Bridge of Flowers Plant sale in Shelburne Falls.

Sargent crabapple

The Sargent crab is the piece de resistence of this Bloom Day. The old apple trees in the field are almost done blooming, but the Sargent crab in the Sunken Garden is a glory.

Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts Bloom Day, and I am so grateful for this nudge to keep a useful bloom record, and the opportunity to see what else is in bloom on the 15th of every month, all over the country.

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