15 May 2011

The dew bespangling herb and tree

It's already Bloom Day again. How'd that happen?

Or, better question, what's blooming?

All kinds of things.

May Bloom Day

Of the irises, 'Alta California' is almost done but still has a bloom or two left.  'Babbling Brook' and the mystery iris are in full blow.  'Edith Wolford is showing buds but didn't join today's festivities.

Both of last summer's Large Perennial purchases are blooming.  The Large Yellow Perennial, Baptisia x 'Carolina Moonlight,' is showy but not obnoxious; it's a very soft buttery yellow that doesn't scream at you.  The Large Blue Perennial, Eastern Bluestar, is not at all showy but is the same shade of blue as 'Babbling Brook.'

Older perennials are blooming also.  The raging magenta hardy geraniums ('New Hampshire Purple') I planted several years ago and the columbine I got from a coworker are both looking superb, or were, before the rainstorm last night smashed some of the columbine's blossoms.

Azalea time is pretty much over, but the roses are just starting -- 'Iceberg' has opened a few buds already and 'Veilchenblau,' is gearing up for a show as well.  My pretty dwarf mockoranges are blooming also.  The cultivar I have is called 'Manteau d'Hermine.'  It has pure white, fully double blooms about the size of a cotton ball and that astonishing mockorange fragrance.  It tops out at about 4 feet, so it's a good choice for people who think they don't have room for mockoranges.

Robert Herrick

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