Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - May 2015

If it is true that April showers bring May flowers, then we should be knee-deep in blossoms on this Bloom Day, for we had a very wet April. And, indeed, our wet April has extended right on in to May. Almost every day now we have rain.

We must enjoy the moisture while it lasts because it will inevitably end as summer heats up. But for now, let's see what all those showers have brought us. 

May is for daylilies. Lots of daylilies.

And oleanders.

May is also for pomegranates.

And...chrysanthemums??? I planted this pot of chrysanthemums in the garden after they finished blooming in their pot last fall, and now they are blooming again. Perhaps they are just a little confused. 

April should have been for Easter lilies, but mine are a little late this year.

The yarrow is right on time.

Among the wildflowers, prairie coneflower is in bloom.

And so is the sneezeweed.

"Autumn" sage can actually bloom at any season and usually does.


This is 'Coral Nymph' salvia.

'Black and Blue' Salvia. Hummingbirds love it!

This old species canna blooms for me right up until the first frost in late fall.

My winter violas have reseeded themselves in some tight places, like the crack between stepping stones.

The old petunias continued their bloom this month.

And blue plumbago began its bloom.

As did the old 'Caldwell Pink' rose.

Yellow cestrum.

Gerbera daisy.

Firecracker fern.


Four O'Clock.

And lastly, May is for the water lilies that brighten my little pond.
I hope your garden is getting just the right amount of rain this May and that the gardener is finding just the right amount of time to enjoy that garden. Happy Bloom Day to all and thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting this monthly flower show.


  1. Wow! All your May blooms are amazing and I am admiring your collection of lilies...all so lovely. Happy Bloom Day!

    1. I do love lilies of all kinds and May is definitely their big month.

  2. A wonderful collection of flowers for Bloom Day!
    Have a great day!

  3. Your garden certainly looks like it has appreciated all the rain! I'm delighted to see all your lovely daylilies. Mine won't bloom until late June or early July, so it's a reminder of what is in store for those of us farther north. Is 'Black and Blue' a perennial for you? It's an annual for us, but I always plant some anyway--as you say, it's a favorite of the hummingbirds.

    1. My plants do look very lush at the moment. And so do the weeds! 'Black and Blue' is a perennial here, as are most of the salvias. Indeed, salvias of several varieties are a staple in my garden.

  4. We've been a bit dry here in upstate New York - it's trying to rain right now. You have a gorgeous selection of flowers, and I hope your rain continues but is manageable. It's a coming attraction for us, as we won't see daylilies for another few weeks. Happy GBBD.

    1. Some areas around us have had flash flooding in recent days, but our rains, while daily, have been more benevolent. Having suffered through droughts in the past, I would be most ungrateful to complain about the rain.

  5. So that's what a pomegranate flower looks like! I've lost my Blue and Black I think, it was always a risk here. I shall get another one and this year take cuttings!

    1. That would work. It is a great plant - one of my favorite salvias.

  6. I enjoyed the incredible variety you have, and especially the Black & Blue salvia. Looks like the wet weather did you some good.

    1. The rains haven't hurt, for sure, and I imagine we will appreciate the fact that we've had them even more in a couple of months.

  7. Beautiful flowers, my daylilies haven't started yet so nice to see yours, and many that like heat so I don't see them here. I wish I could get cannas to bloom, the season is just not long and hot enough. The waterlily is so cool and refreshing.

    1. Those old cannas are really the backbone of my summer garden. I can always depend on them for color throughout the season.

  8. How beautiful, Dorothy! Your garden has exploded with blooms and colors.


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