Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - May 2013 Spring Things

Welcome, flower lovers from all over the world, to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Hosted on the 15th of each month, this is a chance for flower gardeners and flower lovers from all over the world to show off what is growing in their gardens, in their houses, or wherever they can grow flowers. As usual, this meme is brought to us by a blogger from the Midwestern United States, May Dreams Gardens.

After you visit my flowers please go to her site and visit many of the other posts from all over the world.

After a slight detour the last few days (yesterday, we tied our record low temperature), spring is supposed to return today.  Here's what is blooming in my garden in the Southern Tier of Upstate New York.
My tulips are almost done, but I still have some late ones blooming.
Tulips don't do as well here in upstate New York as daffodils do, but we had lovely tulips this spring.

Daffodils are finishing up.  This is my last one.

I have two Euphorbia blooming in my front yard.  In the tradition of my losing garden labels, I have no idea what varieties these are.  I am a sucker for anything variegated, and this was no exception.
I also have a more traditional Euphorbia next to it.
Primroses are moving past their prime, but this one still has some nice bloom.

Lilacs are in full bloom.  We have three, all shared with neighbors.   This bush on our property line might well be 30 or more years old, and it is having a banner year for both us and our next door neighbor.

This lilac was supposed to be a yellow lilac. We bought it one fall from a nursery we usually don't do business with.  It died over the winter, and they sent a replacement at no charge.  At least it is blooming (in its 3rd year) but it definitely isn't yellow.  Apparently, a lot of people in the United States are disappointed with their "yellow lilacs" but this isn't even yellow!
One more of my flowers - columbine.  I bought this one on a whim. I have another one, which isn't blooming yet, but its production last year has left me with 20 or more little columbine plants.  Anyone want one?

I have so many other flowers in bloom and others with buds - everything is bursting forth at once!  I hope I can come up with flowers for next month's GBBD!

What's blooming for you?

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    1. Thank you. Locally, our lilacs had a banner year. We've had other years when that bush had hardly any flowers on it.

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  2. Wonderful pictures. Thank you for sharing them. There's something about spring flowers that cheers up the spirit. I absolutely love tulips but they die so fast. A dark one with a satin sheen, Queen of the Night, is in bud in my garden.

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    1. I love the dark, almost black flowers, too. I grew an almost black viola about three years ago (an annual viola) but I haven't been able to find it since.

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  3. Oh, I would love columbine, but so would my woodchucks! I find that tulips in our area do well the first year, but are unreliable after that. I've decided to treat them like annuals, digging them up when they're done in the spring, and planting new ones each fall. I plant only small patches of them, so it's affordable! I think it was a banner spring for the daffodils--with plenty of sun and no freakish hot spells to make them wither too quickly. I don't know if we set a record low here Monday, but we did have a couple snow showers. Back on the upswing now, though!

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    1. We've had some success digging up tulips in the spring after bloom and putting them back in the ground in the floor. However, we are getting too lazy to do that anymore. Glad you are back on the upswing. We are, too. It's supposed to be near 80 tomorrow!

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  4. You've got such pretties in your garden already! I especially love the first tulip picture. Lovely!

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad I have the time right now to enjoy them. They are all fading away now.

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  5. Beautiful! Here in the Carolinas, our knock out roses have been blooming for 3 weeks. Just saw my first Stella D'Oro lily open up today.

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    1. Knockout roses do well here, but I don't see any buds on local plants yet. But soon!

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  6. Beautiful! I'm not a gardener but so appreciate it and even the photos of such beauties can brighten a day.

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    1. Flowers can be a connection to the natural world for so many of us. Thank you for enjoying my pictures.

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  7. Thanks bookworm for visiting my site and your kind words. Blogging really informed a lot of us of the vegetation and conditions around the world. I almost know a lot of temperate flowers now including their scientific names, haha. I am also a bit familiar now with your areas because i am following some very good photographers-gardeners-bloggers in your area, e.g. gardenwalkgardentalk, Melanie, and a few more of the Niagara areas.

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    1. As someone who was born long before the Internet existed, I love the fact that people from all over the world can connect over common interests. I will have to check out gardenwalkgarden talk. The Niagara Falls area is some 400 km from us - New York State is big!

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  8. I just LOVE tulips and dafs. Remind me of growing up in NJ. They just don't do well where I am (coastal SC) but can be found at the grocery store in foil wrapped pots to put on your counter. Pretty but still not the same as seeing them in your garden.

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    1. Each of our areas has its special plants, doesn't it. When we lived in Kansas we had a friend from West Virginia who tried so hard to grow azaleas. They will not grow in that climate. He never succeeded. A friend in NYC admired my primroses, and told me primroses will not grow in her part of NYC. So, the next time I envy you for your camellias, I will remember about the tulips and daffodils!

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  9. Beautiful pictures! I am in gardening mode right now so I especially enjoyed this post!

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    1. Thank you, and I will probably be in gardening mode for most of the rest of May! (Hint hint)

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  10. Love your Lilacs...there is nothing that can top them for fragrance...although I've never heard of a yellow Lilac before...I'm behind the times, it seems ;-)

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  11. Ooh, lilacs! Tulips don't do that great in Austin, probably for the opposite reason you have, but I had the one in your second pic bloom here back in Feb. Lovely blooms.

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