As winter ended, I was down to ransacking my house for something - anything, that was blooming, just to save myself from blogging shame. I dreamed for May to please come. I would finally have outdoor flowers. I would be able to fill my Garden Bloggers Bloom Day post with daffodils and tulips and all sorts of spring flowers.
Or would I? Well, like all gardeners in the Northeast, we don't quite know what hit us in the last 10 days or so. Welcome to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, hosted the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens in Indiana.
We had a late April snowfall here in the Binghamton area of upstate New York (zone 5b). Then, the temperature suddenly rose into the 80's. Instead of spring flowers blooming in an organized manner, spring was kicked in the rear end and ran down the street, shedding flowers as she passed. Last Friday, I saw a forsythia blooming side by side with an early lilac. The Bradford pears came and went in a flash. The crabapples went by in an even shorter flash.
I took pictures of Bradfords on May 5. Magnolias in full bloom on May 6. Crabapples on May 7. A chokecherry on May 8. Some lilacs in full bloom by May 12. I took pictures of dogwoods in bloom yesterday. I have buds on my bearded irises. Main season azalea blooms are opening in neighborhoods.
Then, suddenly, we were under a frost advisory yesterday morning. We did escape a frost, and, right now, it is 45 degrees. (7.2 Celsius).
But there are more "normal" things blooming in my garden, too.
|Pansies and violas|
Daffodils? In a sheltered location, the last of my late daffodils barely made it to GBBD.
Before you go off to see what else is blooming all over the world, ponder what Carol at May Dreams Gardens has to say about May:
"All year I dream of the days of May when the sun is warm, the sky is blue, the grass is green, and the garden is all new again!"
What's blooming for you today?