In this month’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day (GBBD), we’re still waiting for hints of summer but despite the persisting cold, wet and windy conditions, there are several plants in the garden whose time is now to flower and so here are some of my favourite ones.
The Spirea x Arguta (Bridal Wreath, Foam of May) has burst into a brilliant mass of white flowers that are visible long after the sun has gone down. This shrub almost seems to fluoresce in the twilight. It’s one of my favourite shrubs and I’ve been waiting all year just to see it like this:
While most blossom trees are now fading or have already finished, ours is late flowering and has just gotten started. The delay is definitely worth it as the leafless tree becomes smothered in thousands of delicate pink flowers. It’s extra special as the blossom starts off almost white, then darkens through shades of pink as it ages. The flowers are double too and look like miniature ruffled pom-poms. Seeing this tree erupt into flower is incredibly heart-lifting.
Talking of hearts, the Dicentra (now reclassified to Lamprocapnos spectabilis) is in flower, with some of the more unusual flowers to be found on any temperate plant: hearts strung out on a line:
Finally we have the dainty, unusual and very beautiful Aquilegia of mixed singles, doubles and colours, planted in groups about the garden. They will last for a while and are an essential plant for any cottage garden (especially given its common name is “Granny’s bonnet”).
Some colours are out earlier than others. They’re so easy to do from seed, I can imagine having a few trays of these by the end of the season.
Other plants in flower at the moment include Lunaria Annua (Honesty), Clematis Montana Rubens, Choisya Ternata (mexican orange blossom), a long drift of wild garlic and of course, the Wisteria, which deserves a whole post dedicated just to itself.
Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is hosted by May Dreams Gardens on the 15th of every month, giving gardeners around the world an opportunity to show what’s in flower in their part of the world.