Friday, May 15, 2020

May Dreams Come True #SkywatchFriday #GardenBloggersBloomDay

What a day today is going to be.  It's Friday, so I watch the sky.  It's the 15th of the month, so I admire and post pictures of my flowers.  But best (I hope) of all,  it's the day our region of upstate New York will be permitted limited reopenings (the first of four phases) after two months of almost total shutdown due to our pandemic.

We are some 150 miles from New York City so our story is not the story of New York City and their horrific death toll.  They won't be starting their reopening until June 6 at the earliest.
Yesterday, I visited downtown Binghamton, New York, where I worked.  It's the first time I have been downtown since the morning of March 19, when I left my office suddenly, with a co worker helping me to carry out my computer equipment. My spouse loaded up our vehicle.  Things were moving so quickly. (I'll devote a post to it tomorrow.)
The parking lot here is normally full.  The church in the background...well, come back tomorrow.

Now, two months later, spring has come.  We northerners live for May, although much of this May has been cold.  In fact, it snowed on Saturday.  What follows are the blooms in my zone 5b upstate New York garden.

Daffodils start us off.

My different types of brunneria.
Primrose.  Only these made it through the winter.  My other colors didn't.

My one trillium.  Will it ever open fully?  I need to go back and see how many years I've had it for.

Dead nettle.

White bleeding heart.

Late daffodils.

This daffodil has been hanging on and hanging on, thanks to our cold weather up to now.

Pansy and viola collage.

Every GBBD post must have a mystery plant.  This has been growing in my backyard for years, lost in the mists of my memory.
Variegated Jacob's Ladder, getting ready to bloom.
Grape hyacinth.

There's more but I am exhausted.  It's wonderful when I can go from scrounging around the house for anything this.  I am grateful, and even more grateful for curbside pickup (thank you, Nanticoke Gardens, for the pansies!)

Joining with Yogi and other sky watchers at #SkywatchFriday.

Thank you, Carol at May Dreams Gardens, for hosting this meme once again.

May all your May dreams be pleasant ones.


  1. Beautiful photos. Ah, the weather here, suppose to be 77 but with storms rolling in today. I am not going to complain.

    The Southern Tier is allowed into Phase 1 today, honestly, we have been in Phase 1 for 76 days now.

  2. Our county, as most in Oregon, opened in Phase 1 today! I'll still stay in and watch what happens!
    Lovely you have late daffodils. The brunneria is my favorite of your blooms today. I love that color. It's the color of my front door!

  3. Beautiful garden shots! Must have been kind of surreal, visiting your workplace after being away for almost 2 months. Good luck with your limited reopening (we're not quite there yet), and looking forward to tomorrow's post!

  4. Lovely flowers. We need to get busy down here.

  5. I love all your flowers and other plants, especially the mystery plants!! I think we are about a month ahead of you season wise, but it has been cool or even cold lately.

  6. White bleeding hearts is something I love to have. I know them as Dutchman breecches.
    Coffee is on

  7. My neighbor brought me lilacs and I cannot tell you how much they made me smile, not just the beauty but being able to smell them in my home.

  8. I am happy to see upstate starting to reopen slowly and safely.

  9. What a lovely and diverse collection of blooms. Even though your winter has lingered, obviously your garden has decided it is spring.

  10. Nothing cheers quite so completely as Spring blossoms. Thank you for sharing yours!

  11. The cycle of life. Glad to see you've got blooms and blooms for today. We're starting a gradual reopening, too. It'll be interesting.

  12. Beautiful flowers!
    As for your comment on my blog - I thought the rose was totally white when I bought it, but there is a hint of pink, stronger in some blooms than in others.
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

  13. Wow :) I loved your daffodils and white bleeding hearts, they are simply awesome, great clicks. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Those are stunning blooms.Your trillium is looking stunning even if it has not fully bloomed till now.Happy blooms day

  15. You’ve brightened my morning with your beautiful blooms Alana and the clouds in the sky are amazing captures. Stay safe.

  16. I'm so happy for you that you can get out and about! Your skies and flowers are just lovely to see!

    Feel free to share at My Corner of the World


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