Arugula flowers...a favorite, and a reason to let a few of your plants flower and go to seed. They're lovely, don't you think?
I realized today that the last time I participated in May Blooms Gardens "Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day" was 20 April 2010. That is much (much) too long... so today, after I took a friend and her husband to the airport (they flew in on Sunday night), I grabbed my camera and went outside with the dogs and battled the wind (hence the less than adequate focus of many of the images) to get some shots of what's blooming in my garden.
The daffodils have been blooming for awhile now - the first daffodil unfurled on the 17th of February (which would have been my Mother's 77th birthday). I had just returned from a workshop and conference in Puerto Rico - and the next morning, there it was, greeting me. Now, almost a month later, 'Sailboat' is in bloom, as are a number of others. There are also several late bloomers that are still out there, waiting their turn.
For now, I'll just show a few of the ones I found in bloom this afternoon.
It was a challenging year for the camellias. Many of the sasanquas got damaged from the cold weeks we had in November and December - and as a result, the japonicas got the message and their buds stayed tight, stubborn, impatiently waiting for a string of warmer days. When the warmth arrived - the camellias all came out at once in what could only be described as a glorious display.
~Camellia japonica 'Magnoliaeflora' (planted in memory of a sweet and rare beagle girl)~
Last fall I planted 'Lemon Glow' - one of the first yellow camellias to become commercially available. The one I have is small (less than 2' tall) but it was covered in buds and now blooms - formal flowers that have pretty butter yellow buds that seem to fade to a less attractive color of yellow over time. The jury is still out though - I'd like to see how it does after it gets a bit of size on it, and perhaps after a less unusual winter.
This really is a stunning camellia, this photograph doesn't do it justice.
The first rose opened up yesterday - an antique rose - and from the look of buds on this china rose and on the other roses around it, soon the garden will be filled with the fragrance of roses. It will have some compeition though: the tea olives are giving it another go, and the wisteria is slowly budding out, and one of the hollies is smothered in tiny fragrant flowers and happy bees.
I love roses.
Magnolia stellata (top) and Magnolia x 'Jane' (bottom) - the star magnolia is beginning to fade, 'Jane' is just hitting her stride - and 'Elizabeth' (not shown) hasn't opened up yet.
Happy Bloom Day.