Sunday, May 15, 2022

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day May: Welcome Spring- The Garden Awakens with Blooms!

Welcome to my May Garden!
Welcome! It's the most wonderful time of the year! The spring of 2022 has been much cooler than normal with many windy days, but after some rain and a few days in the upper 60's and low 70's, spring has finally sprung and the garden is underway with all its new foliage and blooms. Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens and Bloom Day, I have been writing these posts since the winter of 2011, keeping a diary of my Long Island garden with over 144 posts at this time. Come along with me for a tour!

Weeping Pussy Willow

The first stop is in the back garden bed with Weeping Pussy Willow (Salix caprea Pendula), which is now sprouting new foliage after producing catkins. Perennial Salvia 'May Night' is coming into bloom below and Peony 'Karl Rosenfeld' (to the left) is forming its buds.
Hosta Shadowland
Shadowland Hosta is looking nicer each day with all its new blue-green and yellow foliage. This variety of  Hosta is certainly one of my favorites with is bold colors!
Allium Globemaster Buds!!!

In the pool surround, I await in anticipation every spring for the buds of Allium Globemaster to appear above tall spikes, knowing that they will be in their full glory with four inch in dimeter lavender blooms by sometime next month. 
Kwanzan Flowering Cherry
With blooms hard to resist, Kwanzan Cherry is in the back southwestern garden bed...
 Viburnum carlcephalum
and Fragrant Viburnum  can be sensed across the yard when the wind blows.
American Goldfinch False Indigo
New to the herb/medicinal garden this year is Baptisia American Goldfinch (False Indigo) with its wonderful bright yellow blooms. I am hoping this one performs well. Did you know that the roots of wild indigo have been used to threat laryngitis, tonsillitis and treating the sinuses?
Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar & Heuchera
The Heuchera (Coral Bells) are here to bring color around the blue foliage of Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar in the back perimeter garden. This is a combination of  Heuchera 'Palace Purple' and 'Caramel'.

Pulmonaria is a new addition to the shade area that I added last summer. Not only is its foliage interesting, but its pretty bluish-purple blooms last for months!
Weeping Eastern Redbud 'Lavender Twist'
In the front foundation planting is Weeping Eastern Redbud 'Lavender Twist' showing off its blooms before its heart-shaped foliage arrives.
'May Night' Salvia
Salvia 'May Night' is gearing up its blooms too.
Front Street Island Bed
The perennials are waking up in the front island bed with Sedum 'Pure Joy', Hosta and Heuchera, accompanied by various evergreens including Weeping Norway Spruce, Dwarf Cryptomeria, Dwarf Mugo Pine and Dwarf Norway Spruce. The Spirea on each end should be blooming within the next month.
Front Lawn
Along the front lawn you can see Blue Atlas Cedar in the backdrop with Weeping Japanese Maple in the foreground...
Weeping Japanese Maple 'Viridis'
Here we view a close up of Weeping Japanese Maple 'Viridis'.
Backyard Island Bed
Here in the back island bed is Hinoki Cypress 'Compacta' with Mugo Pine, Heuchera 'Palace Purple' and dwarf Weigela. Crape Myrtle 'Siox' is in the backdrop and still has no foliage, since it is one of the last trees to leaf out, but the blooms are worth it, as they last for 90 days throughout late summer into fall!
Backyard Pool Perimeter
Along the back pool perimeter, the Azalea are in bloom and accompanied by Spirea, Hosta and Nepeta 'Walkers Low'. Snowflake Viburnum is in the far left backdrop on each side of Kwanzan Cherry. It is starting to show signs of flower buds.
Backyard Pool Perimeter (A Closer Look)
Here's a closer look!
Sedum Mix
The groundcover Sedum comes up a little more each day with all its interesting colors and textures...
Peony 'Bartzella' Buds!
and here comes Itoh Peony 'Bartzella'! It won't be long now until those huge yellow blooms appear. Stay tuned!
Girard's Azalea

Along with Weeping White Pine, another Azalea is in bloom around the bend.
Blooms, Blooms, Blooms!
I hope you enjoyed your visit to my May garden and as always, I look forward to your comments and seeing what's growing in your neck of the woods! Special thanks go out to our hostess Carol at May Dreams Gardens, who makes it possible to see blooms on the 15th of every month with her meme Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. Also, special thanks to Pam Penick at Digging who has hosted Foliage Follow-Up for all these years, a meme I will still continue to honor. I am also linking with some other wonderful hosts and hostesses at Floral Friday FotosMacro Monday 2, Mosaic Monday at Letting Go of the Bay Leaf, Nature Notes at Rambling WoodsImage-in-ing weekly photo share every Tuesday with NC Sue and Gardens Galore Link Up Party every other Monday with Everyday Living. I am also happy to join the Weekly Photo Link-Up at My Corner of the World on Wednesdays and Garden Affair at Jaipur Garden
Thank you for Visiting!


-The month of May has been busy with designing gardens for clients and getting ready for a visit from  Long Island Master Gardeners to tour my property in just three days! Weeding, mulching and tidying are underway and I am trying to get the garden to be its best. 

-My fifth book is coming along nicely as every time I visit a nursery, there is a camera in hand getting  all those fabulous photos to show what grows in the shade. Stay tuned and do check out my author page and books below. The gardening season is in full speed ahead and if you are looking for a little inspiration you've come to the right place!!

-To all my gardening friends, stay well and enjoy the beauty of the season until we meet again.🌳

"As Always...Happy Gardening!" 

 Lee @A Guide to Northeastern Gardening,© Copyright 2010-2022. All rights reserved.


  1. I am so happy to be gardening again, Lee. I have several of the plants you have. My Bartzella peony is nearly finished blooming, as is my Coral Beauty. I also have a Cora Louise and what I think is a Karl Rosenfeld (not labeled, inherited). My false indigo is a beautiful blue, and I also have lungwort. It's such a treat to see what's coming up - most all are still surprises. Thanks for your walkabout. It is such a treat!

    1. Thank you so much Rita and I am so happy for you exploring your new gardens with so much to look forward to. I am hoping you will post some pictures!

  2. I enjoyed your gardens...beautiful all, especially at this May blooming time! Congrats on well tended gardens.

    1. Thank you Barbara. The Kousa Japanese Dogwood you showed us is so beautiful with all its blooms. I wait in anticipation as we have a little longer to go before they will be blooming here. Your skies look like ours do today. A nice steady rain helps the flowers grow!

  3. Gorgeous blooms and I like your use of garden statuary.

    1. Happy Bloom Day! You have so many wonderful blooms and the Blue plumbago and Justicia 'Orange Flame.' really caught my eye. It's nice seeing the sunflower too. We have to wait until late summer to see them here.

  4. All beautiful! My favorite is the Weeping Redbud. Can't beat that for color!
    Have a blessed day!

    1. Thank you Lea! I love your roses, Clematis and everything else too! Happy Bloom Day!

  5. Your garden is beautiful and ahead of ours...Michelle

    1. Thank you so much Michelle. We're behind a couple of weeks due to the cold temperatures, but are finally catching up. Enjoy your day!

  6. What a beaty Kwanzan Cherry! Lee your garden looks neat and weed free. You did a great job! here we are later on 3-4 weeks, leaves are open only these gays. Love your 'Girl and kitten' sculpture.

    1. Thank you so much Nadezda! I will look forward to your spring garden!

  7. Thank you for sharing the beauty of your garden with us. It is a real stunner.

    1. Thank you so much Janice. Spring is such a wonderful time of the year.

  8. Things look amazing for May! WOW! You'll have a beautiful garden all summer long!

  9. Wonderful wonderful.
    I am at #14 of the mosaic linky


  10. Lee - as always, your garden is a masterpiece! I especially like the hostas since they are not practical to grow in Montana. Our spring has also been delayed. Based on my garden journals, I think blooming and greening up is about two weeks behind! We are currently enjoying a family vacation in Grand Cayman - when I get back, I will be curious to see how things have progressed! Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

    1. Thank you Angie! Enjoy your trip and enjoy your garden when you get back. I am sure you will see a lot of growth!

  11. Wonderful pictures! Balm to the soul!


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