Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day – 15 May 2019

Each month on the 15th garden bloggers around the world post what’s blooming in their gardens. Here’s what’s blooming in mine. Thanks to the May Dreams Garden Blog for the idea.

So much has changed since the “Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day” for April! For one thing, I actually have blooms! Hooray! And we’ve had so much sunshine, so I have been quite happy. Here’s a look at what’s happening in my garden since the last bloom day.

What was blooming since the last bloom day:

photo of myself with my daughter and our magnolia tree
My ‘Leonard Messel’ magnolia, my biking buddy, and me. You can read more about my magnolia here.
photo white, star-shaped flowers of serviceberry tree
Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry (Amelanchier x gradiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’)

Not pictured: my Bartlett pear

What is blooming now:

close up photo of redbud blossoms
Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis)
photo of strawberry plant with flower and berries forming
Strawberries! I’m not sure which variety this is, but not only does it have flowers, it also has berries (not red yet, though).
close up photo of pink/red/white dianthis flowers
Strawberry Parfait Dianthus I got at church on Mother’s Day.
close up photo of smoketree leaves and flowers
Royal Purple Smoketree (Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’)
photo of blue bearded iris flowers
Bearded Iris, cultivar unknown
photo of bright yellow dyer's woad blossoms
Dyer’s woad (Isatis tinctoria). To be clear, I didn’t plant this; no one would in these parts, though I understand in other parts of the country it’s considered a unique and desired addition to your perennial border.

What will probably bloom before the next bloom day:

photo of cluster of unopened lilac buds
Lilac (Syringa spp.), I’m going to have to find the plant tag to remember which variety I have here.
photo of an unopened peony bud
Peony, variety unknown (it was a division from the peonies at my parent’s house, which was a division of the peony’s at my great-grandma’s house).
photo of unopened, lilac colored columbine buds
Columbine (Aquilegia spp.), again I’m going to need to go find the tag to know it’s cultivar name.

What’s blooming in your garden? Or what are you excited about blooming soon?


  1. I’m jealous of your peonies but so glad that yours is doing so well. And grandpa’s irises! What a family history garden you have. 💗

    • Well, I actually have two peonies; one of which is for you whenever you want it.
      But yes, I love my little family history garden. 🙂

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