Friday, May 15, 2015

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day & Foliage Follow-Up May 2015 - All the Colors of Spring

May 2015 Garden
Spring took its time arriving this year with cooler than normal temperatures all the way through April. Then the month of May arrived with a warming trend that rapidly turned into a premature summer.  With temperatures rising into the 80's for a few days, an explosion of intense color suddenly made its way throughout the garden.  Now the hotter temperatures have settled into a more normal spring-like pattern with upper 60 to mid 70 degree days, but the heat was just enough to get everything back on track and all the blooms seem to be arriving at once!  Come along for a walk with me in my Long Island garden.
Ajuga, Heuchera (Coral Bells) 'Caramel' and Sedum 'Brilliant'
Azalea Girard's Fuchsia
Azalea Girard's Crimson
Salvia 'May Night'  First May Bloom
Pool Garden with New Globemaster Allium Buds

Allium Globemaster Bud (First season in my garden)
Ajuga 'Burgundy Glow'
Hellebore 'Shooting Star' still showing blooms in May
Wisteria in May
Weeping Japanese Maple 'Red Select'
Blue Globe Spruce (Picea pungens  Montgomery Globusa)
Weeping Norway Spruce and Heuchera 'Palace Purple'
Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' (Japanese Forest Grass)
Spirea Double Play 'Big Bang' May Foliage
Perennial Border with Allium 'Mont Blanc', Daylily, Lambs Ear, Astilbe, Salvia and Hosta
Itoh Peony 'Bartzella' May Foliage (second season in garden)
Hosta 'Minuteman' May
Sedum 'Brilliant' May Foliage next to Mugo Pine
May Garden Foliage

Thank you to Carol at May Dreams Gardens who makes it possible for us to have blooms on the 15th of every month with her meme Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and Pam at Digging for hosting Foliage Follow-Up.  I am also linking with some other wonderful hosts and hostesses at Tuesday Garden PartyToday's FlowersFloral FridaysMosaic Monday at Lavender Cottage, I Heart MacroMacro Monday 2, and Nature Notes at Rambling Woods.  I hope you enjoyed the visit to my May garden.  If you leave a note I will know you dropped by, and will be sure to visit you as well. 


 As Always...Happy Gardening!

Author: Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening, © Copyright 2015. All rights reserved


48 comments:

  1. Wow! Such amazing colors. Thanks for the view of your beautiful garden. Happy May Bloom Day.

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  2. Magnificent!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!
    Lea

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    1. Thank you Lea. I enjoyed seeing your beautiful Catawba and roses...so lovely!

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  3. Thanks for the tour of your wonderful garden. The colors are stunning, especially that ajuga, heuchera & sedum combination. I also really enjoyed your collage photos.
    Happy Bloom Day.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed Sharon and thank you for stopping by. I am enjoying all your blooms, especially the gorgeous Peony! Happy Bloom Day!

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  4. Happy Bloom Day. Things look wonderful there on Long Island.

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    1. Happy Bloom Day Jean! I am admiring your Crape Myrtle in full bloom while mine here on Long Island hasn't even gotten leaves yet...something to look forward to!

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  5. Looking wonderful Lee.. Happy Bloom Day :o)

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    1. Thank you Julie. Your raised fruit and vegetable gardens are amazing!

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  6. Your gardens are beautiful! So many pretty colors! Happy Bloom Day!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words and for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

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  7. So much beautiful colour in your flowers and foliage! May is such a wonderful month for our gardens and yours is looking perfect, so neat and tidy!

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    1. I could say that May is my favorite month for gardening with warming temperatures and the garden awakening day by day after a long winter's sleep. Thank you for stopping by and leaving such nice words. Enjoy your week!

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  8. Oh, the Heuchera 'Palace Purple' all around the skirt of the weeping spruce is lovely! Here in the PNW we have a long, slow spring, but I remember when we lived in Massachusetts, how quickly spring could turn into summer in the Northeast.

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    1. Thank you Alison. For the past few years we have had very short springs here in the northeast. We seem to jump right from prolonged winters quickly into summer like temperatures and everything that was delayed suddenly comes into a profusion of color. The seasons have also been delayed so we are trying to get used to the changes.

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  9. What a color party! Spring is coming slowly in Norway as well, and no warm weather yet...

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    1. You have some pretty spring blooms in your garden. It looks like you are a few weeks behind us. The temperatures will probably jump right into summertime like they did here. Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the day!

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    1. Thank you. I enjoyed your article on wine barrel planters...such fun!

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  11. Thinking what to plant on very top of rock garden.
    Something that blooms in Summer, a perennial.
    Got any thoughts?
    Great post ---yvonne

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    1. Thank you Yvonne. For your rock garden... It depends on where you are located and amount of sun. How about perennial geranium, Nepeta or Stella D Oro Daylily. They all have long bloom times. You can also check out this link on my blog: http://landscapedesignbylee.blogspot.com/2011/03/best-long-blooming-perennials-what-are.html#.VVpPdPlVhBc

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  12. Your garden is absolutely gorgeous!

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  13. I love all the beautiful flowers, and your gardens are beautiful. I also love a variety of different shades of foliage in the garden too. The flowers don't bloom forever. So it's nice to have other beautiful plants to admire after the blooming is over.

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    1. Thank you! I have always been a fan of foliage in the garden so I appreciate your kind words.

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  14. What an abundance of beauty!!! Thanks so much for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro ♥

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    1. Thank you for visiting Laura and for hosting your wonderful meme!

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  15. An enjoyable walk about your gardens Lee. I like Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' and have it in my Japanese garden on the north side. Because we have no grass, I caught my dog eating it last year and it ended up pretty ragged looking. My Itoh 'Bartzella' is in its 5th year and is loaded with blooms again. I'm hoping to win 'best of show' at our garden club meeting with one of the flowers next month. :-)
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

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    1. Good luck to you with your Bartzella Judith. I am anxiously awaiting blooms! Your May blooms are wonderful and I enjoyed my visit to your gardens. Thanks for hosting Mosaic Monday too!

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  16. Gorgeous flowers and images.. Your gardens must look lovely in person.. Have a happy day!

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    1. Thank you for visiting and for your lovely words Eileen. I enjoyed your amazing photography once again!

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  17. What beautiful pictures of your garden... just lovely. :) I love this time of year!

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting. May is my favorite month, along with June!

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  18. Wow... what a stunning garden... all the colors and shapes and textures..Just beautiful.. Michelle from Nature Notes... Thank you for linking in...

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    1. Thank you for hosting Michelle. I always enjoy visiting!

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  19. I'm impressed! Your garden is absolutely gorgeous and the plants are thriving and everything is so colorful!

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    1. Thank you so much Stacy! Gardening is my passion so that is so nice to hear.

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  20. Lee I love seeing what you have blooming...even with our heat we are still behind and now a few cold snaps have confused my poor garden...your garden is amazing.

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    1. Thank you Donna. Our weather has been so strange...80 degree temperatures and then into in the 60's and feeling a bit chilly today. I enjoyed your latest post on native flowers. I have been trying to use more natives and plants for pollinators in my gardens.

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  21. These are some really awesome colors. I really like the allium bud.

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    1. Thanks so much Betty! The Allium is blooming now for the first time in my garden and I am getting so much enjoyment from it!

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  22. Yet another wonderful selection of lovely Spring flowers and foliage.Many thanks for linking up with Floral Friday Fotos, I look forward to your next contribution!
    (PS: YOU may be interested in joining Friday Greens also:
    http://nixpages.blogspot.com.au/search/label/Friday_Greens)

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    1. Thank you for dropping by Nick and for hosting your wonderful meme. It is always a pleasure visiting!

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  23. What a lovely and colorful selection of flowers and plants you have for GBBD. My Bartzilla is in full bloom right now and at 5 years, it is getting huge and even more beautiful. I need more Itoh peonies.

    Yael from HomeGardenDiggers blog

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    1. It is good to hear that your ' Bartzella' is getting even more beautiful over the years. I was so happy to discover it at the local nursery last season. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a note. Have a great weekend!

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  24. Beautiful photos and garden, Lee. You have so much color!

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    1. Thank you Donna! I just love the month of May in the garden and after the winter we just had I have been even more appreciative of the blooms!

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Thank you for visiting. I love reading your comments and knowing you have been here, and will try to reciprocate on your blog. If you have any questions I will try my very best to answer them. As always...HAPPY GARDENING!

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