Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day May 2013 - Spring Blooms!

This is a crazy time of year for me so I take solitude in my spring blooming gardens to find some peace of mind and quiet time. My garden is my sanctuary and I thank everyday for it. It is May and the gardens are alive with color. It is time for another Garden Blogger's Bloom Day hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens and there is much to see. Come along and walk with me. 
May Garden 2013

Within the past couple of weeks once the temperatures started approaching the 70's, the perennials have emerged from the ground almost overnight and are in bloom.  Over the past few days the spring rains have also caused flowering  shrubs such as azalea and spirea to spring to life.  
Spirea 'Goldmound', Heuchera, Hosta, Ajuga and Nepeta (foreground)

The Nepeta 'Walker's Low' which I planted just last spring has grown into these wonderful robust clumps and I am anticipating quite a show in just a few weeks.
Sedum 'Aurea'
Along the rock of the waterfall Sedum 'Aurea' groundcover are brightening up the garden. It grows in the tiniest of cracks in between the rock and thrives there.
Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow'

The Ajuga reptans is now in full bloom and livens up the shadier area of the garden with its vibrant 6-8 inch high carpet of blue.
Azalea Blooms

Traditional Azalea light up the garden with their bright fuchsia blooms.
Perennial Garden (Shadier Area)
Here is another view of the perennial garden showing hosta, ajuga and nepeta.
Lamb's Ear
The Lamb's Ear is sporting its new silvery-white foliage against the green of the rest of the garden and has taken up residence for years along the edge of the perennial border.
Perennial Garden (Sun)
Here is the full sun perennial garden.  Just a couple of weeks ago all that was blooming were the hyacinth and crocus bulbs and now the garden is completely filled in with lilies, astilbe, hosta, salvia and lamb's ear. I can't wait for everything to start blooming but for now I am enjoying all the new foliage! 
Spirea Double Play 'Big Bang'

New to the garden this spring is my new Spirea Double Play.  I can already tell you I love this plant!  It has already put on a foliage color show turning from orange to yellow and I am anticipating the very large pink blooms that will be produced throughout the summer.
Front Walkway Garden

Along the front walkway the Heuchera 'Caramel' are full of new growth. 

Weeping Japanese Maple Green Cutleaf

Both the Japanese Maples are sporting their new delicate foliage.  These were planted back in 1996 and now each approach 6 feet in height on the front lawn.
Weeping Japanese Maple Red Cutleaf
Salvia 'Maynight'

Welcome your purple blooms!  This is one of my favorite perennials in the garden and just in time for Bloom Day!
The Wisteria is really developing into a mature tree now.  Planted in 1996 it started as a vine that I twisted together to form the trunk.
Peony in Patio Garden

The peony are growing at an astonishing rate and getting ready to form buds. Did I mention how I love spring?
 Coral Bark Maple and Golden Oriental Spruce

My Coral Bark Maple has really filled in over the past few years to make a beautiful specimen of a tree that I enjoy every day along with my Oriental Spruce as I pull into and out of the driveway. The Barberry and Nepeta are putting on a show as well.
Garden Love 
Thank you for visiting my May garden. I will be sure to visit you as well.  After a long and difficult winter spring has finally arrived in all its glory and this gardener is in her element!  As I run around to clients I always stop in my garden for just a moment to take it all in and enjoy some solitude.  Please stop by and visit our hostess Carol at May Dreams Gardens to see what others have blooming in their gardens.  Happy Garden Blogger's Bloom Day and Happy Spring...and
As Always...Happy Gardening!

Author: Lee@A Guide To Northeastern Gardening, Copyright 2013. All rights reserved



  1. What a beautiful garden blooms! Love your garden. Nice share!

  2. Beautiful! Beautiful!
    I especially like the Weeping Japanese Maples.
    Happy GBBD!
    Lea's Menagerie

  3. Starting to look very lovely, Lee!
    I thought that Sedum 'Aurea' looked familiar: I just bought and planted Sedum rupestre 'Angelina'. It's very similar. Yours looks terrific against the rocks. Happy GBBD!

  4. Wow, I love the design and layout of your garden! The deep pink azalea with the bright spirea foliage in the first photo looks fantastic. Intense color in spring is so satisfying. Glad to have found your blog!

  5. I enjoyed seeing your beautiful garden--such a very different climate from my own. It's fun to travel the world of gardens on Bloom Day.

  6. Your garden is so lovely, and I must have the Spirea 'Double Play'!
    I can't help thinking how lovely it would be if I had room for a couple of acers the size of yours! It must be lovely to have a garden with so much space :-)
    Love your garden statues too, I have a bit of an aversion for gnomes and fairies, but I would be happy to have something like yours.
    Happy GBBD!

  7. Your garden is just beautiful. I really like that "Big Bang" Spirea. I and shrubs are really doing great this spring!

  8. What a beautiful garden you have - everything looks so healthy. You are quite a bit ahead of us here in Scotland.
    Can i just add that your Acers are Acertastic!! I hope mine can look this good someday.
    Happy GBBD!

  9. Absolutely beautiful...the contrasts of color from flowers and foliage is spectacular!

  10. Such a lovely series of photos!

  11. What a wonderful selection of plants! Your garden looks just beautiful, especially those Weeping Maples.


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