the mid-may garden

May is usually a month of abundant blooms in the garden, but this year only a few things are blooming.  The few tulips that survived the deer, have gone over, and the cold rainy weather has slowed everything else to a crawl.


While everything is lush and green, blooms are few and far between.  But what I do like about this lull in performance, is that the alliums have center stage, standing regal and tall.

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A few other perennials have chimed in, in a quiet kind of complimentary way.  The Blue Wood Hyacinths are peeking out from under the towering peonies, which are still in bud.

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The Wood Geraniums (Geranium Maculatum) are lush and full this year, making themselves quite at home.

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And these pretty little Cranesbills popped over from the neighbors for a visit, many years ago, and have been hanging around ever since.

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New additions to the front yard garden this year, are Centaurea ‘Amethyst In Snow’,

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and Dianthus ‘Star Neon’, br.

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The front yard garden is quietly regal right now . . . biding it’s time before bursting into bloom.

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Happy mid-week and mid-May!

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6 thoughts on “the mid-may garden

    1. Thank you Terie! I’d been seeing that Centaurea around on some English blogs, but it’s name was ‘Montanta”. I thought it was exceptionally pretty and unique. I was hoping to find the ‘Montana’ version, which looks the same. By it’s name, I would expect it to be hardy since I think of Montana as a brutally cold state. I’m just hoping this one will be hardy for Ohio.


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