Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day & Foliage Follow-Up May: Color, Color Everywhere!

Welcome!
Welcome to my May garden! I am happy to see you here! Here on Long Island, as everywhere else, the weather patterns have been erratic. From summer like temperatures pushing into the high 70's in the beginning of the month to days in the 50's and now a series of repeating rain events, the spring of 2024 has certainly been interesting. The garden does adjust though and there is new growth and lots of blooms to see. Join me for a tour of my Long Island zone 7b garden.
Patio Border
Our first stop is at the patio border where Weeping Norway Spruce is accompanied by Nandina 'Obsession' and Ajuga 'Black Scallop'. Nandina 'Obsesssion' is an evergreen, non-invasive species and stays at a compact size of just two to three feet over time. Ajuga 'Black Scallop' displays deep greenish-black foliage with purple blooms in springtime. 
Backyard Island Bed Western Side
In the back island bed, Variegated Weigela is forming buds which will soon become pink flowers and is joined by Coral Bells 'Palace Purple', Hydrangea Limelight and evergreens Mugo Pine and Hinoki Cypress 'Compacta'. 
Shade Garden
In the back shade garden is Heuchera (Coral Bells) 'Caramel' joined by Pulmonaria (Lungwort) with its polka dot foliage and deep purple blooms.
Azalea Season!
As the Azalea are blooming, Rhododendron buds are getting ready to open within a couple of weeks. A Skyland's Oriental Spruce joins the mix in the backdrop.
Perennial Border Renovation
I have been revamping the perennial border as it was time for a change and planted this Trombly's 'Red Sentinel' columnar Japanese Maple as the focal point last fall. Just a week ago I added three Spirea 'Candy Corn' behind it while keeping the existing Lamb's Ear and Astilbe. The goal is to achieve a lower maintenance garden. 

May is Ajuga Time!
Here are the blooms of Ajuga 'Burgundy Glow' in the raised island bed...
Welcoming Committee!
and here is the welcoming committee to greet you! It just would not be the same without them!
Patio Border
Along the opposite section of the newly renovated patio garden is Rhode Island Red Japanese Maple and Salvia 'Blue by You'. This cultivar of perennial Salvia is supposed to be longer blooming. We shall see!
Patio Border
Along the patio border, Abelia 'Kaleidoscope' is doing well after the winter and is displaying its continuous array of golden color with white trumpet-shaped blooms to follow in summer.
Azalea 'Girard's Crimson'
Here is Azalea 'Girard's Fuschia' all in bloom. If you are looking for an Azalea that catches the eye, give this one a try. The color of its blooms are amazing!
Backyard Island Bed Northern Side
This combination of Hinoki Cypress, Mugo Pine, dwarf Butterfly Bush 'Pugster Blue', Caramel Coral Bells, Gold Lace Juniper and Dwarf Japanese Andromeda 'Cavatine' resides in the back raised island bed. A mature Crape Myrtle is in the backdrop. Stay tuned for blooms in July! 
Pool Border
Following along to the pool border, reblooming Encore Azalea is joined by Sedum 'Angelina'. The Azalea will repeat bloom later towards fall while the sedum will produce spikes of yellow blooms in summer.
Kwanzan Cherry
Springtime means it's Cherry blossom season and here is the amazing Kwanzan Cherry. It seems that the blooms started a little earlier this year, so I am enjoying them while they last.
Allium Globemaster
While awaiting the blooms of Allium 'Globemaster', Weeping Eastern Redbud 'Lavender Twist' is showing off its delicate lavender blooms in the front garden. 
Weeping Eastern Redbud
Large heart-shaped foliage will start to emerge soon. 
Driveway Border
Along the driveway border garden, Dwarf Norway Spruce is accompanied by golden Skyland's Oriental Spruce, Hinoki Cypress, Coral Bark Maple, Spilled Wine Weigela and Nepeta 'Walker's Low'..
Driveway Border
  while Spirea 'Magic Carpet'  prepares for its dramatic blooms!
Front Island Bed & Lawn
As the tour comes to an end, let's venture around to the front corner island bed with a combination of evergreens, flowering shrubs and perennials and lawn where two mature Weeping Japanese Maple reside.
Front Lawn
I admire them every season of the year both structurally and for their foliage. Nature sure does work its magic!
Thanks for Visiting!
I hope you enjoyed your visit to my May garden. I so appreciate you being here, look forward to your comments and look forward to seeing what you have growing in your area. 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 had hosted Foliage Follow-Up, a meme I will continue to honor. I am also linking with some other wonderful hosts and hostesses at Floral Friday Fotos, Nature Notes at Rambling WoodsImage-in-ing weekly photo share every Tuesday, Weekly Photo Link-Up at My Corner of the World on Wednesdays and Garden Affair at Jaipur Garden

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28 comments:

  1. A lovely post, as always. :) You certainly have a way with selecting and arranging colorful plants--blooms and foliage, alike.

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    1. I love your collection of woodland flowers, especially the Trilliums and of course the Jack-in-the-Pulpit. which always fascinates me! Happy Bloom Day!

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  2. Just wonderful! I love your combinations of evergreens and flowering plants, and those Japanese maples are to die for! The azaleas are lovely too--wish I had the right soil to grow them myself.

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    1. Your gardens are beautiful with the different colors and textures and you have my all-time favorite, Peony 'Bartzella', which isn't in bloom here yet. Now I get to enjoy it twice!

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  3. Beautiful blooms!
    And the colors and shapes of the trees, shrubs, and other foliage plants create a wonderful landscape!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

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    1. Thanks so much Lea! I enjoyed all your beautiful flowers, the capture of the butterfly is amazing, and that Peruvian Lily was quite the catch!

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  4. That cherry tree is spectacular, Lee! I was also quite taken with the weeping Norway spruce, which has a magical Dr Seuss-like quality.

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    1. Thank you Kris! As always, visiting your place is like visiting a botanical garden! The views of the long bed along the house and flagstone path adjacent to the back patio are especially special!

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  5. Beautiful evergreens and blooms. You certainly have so much beauty to share with us.

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    1. Thank you Judy. I love you collection of planters and the one with the Yellow Supertunias is exceptionally striking! I love seeing your Knock Out Roses too, as your blooms are a couple of weeks ahead of mine.

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  6. Beautiful garden, Lee. I especially like your conifers. Mine suffered a lot last winter. Ice formed on them, and I was not in the garden to help them. As always, the lawn in front of the house is delightful.

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed the views Nadezda and sorry to hear about your conifers suffering from the cold winter. Thank you for your wonderful virtual tour of Keukenhof park. It looks amazing!

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  7. Fantastic garden.
    How thoughtful!!
    Loved your bushes!!

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    1. Thank you for visiting and for your kind words. Gardening is a passion.

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  8. I am loving that weeping norway spruce, what a delight.

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    1. Thank you! It is one of my favorites! I enjoyed visiting your garden with a variety of pretty blooms. Happy Bloom Day!

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  9. Wow, your garden is looking wonderful. The weeping norway spruce really stands out with the beautiful bright green tips. And I love the alliums, ready to burst!

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  10. I absolutely enjoyed visiting your lovely May garden.
    Loved the beautiful photos.

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    1. Thank you Veronica! I loved reading your turtle story. One of my most cherished memories is seeing the endangered sea turtles nesting on the beach ready to give birth to their young.

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  11. I always love your garden. Not only is it gorgeous, but you also have a beautiful variety of plants and trees. Just so lovely. And as a huge fan of Japanese maples, I am in awe of the ones you featured in your post. Wow.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Angie. You just made my day! Have a great weekend!

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  12. I always enjoy my virtual visit to your garden you have arranged the plants so painstakingly that I really cant pick one of my favorite. Azaleas blooming is a feast for eyes, unfortunately they don't survive our harsh summer . Thanks for being part of Garden Affair.

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    1. Thanks for hosting Arun! It is always a pleasure visiting your garden!

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  13. Nice seeing all your Spring flowering. I posted some of the blooms here recently (5/9/24) and trust me, I have so many more photos from the gardens here. This time of year is "wild" with all that is coming alive. Really enjoyed my visit to your blog today.

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed your visit! There are so many beautiful blooms and wildlife to see in your garden! Happy Spring and thank you for the smile!

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  14. As usual, I find your garden just dreamy! I always look forward to my monthly “tour”.

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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!