May 15 here in upstate New York has dawned overcast, with an expected high in the 80's, and it's time to solve a couple of mysteries.
But first, a word from our sponsor, MayDreams Gardens, who hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day (GBBD) the 15th of every month.
Last GBBD, I was out of town. When I returned what I had in bloom were crocuses, and there was snow here and there in my yard. To paraphrase the cliche "what a difference a month makes!" Especially if you live near Binghamton, New York, where spring sometimes takes its sweet time.
For Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, we are supposed to show what is blooming in our gardens or in our homes on the 15th, but I have a little confession to make.
Some of these pictures were taken on Sunday, although all pictured plants are indeed blooming today. So, why pictures from Sunday? Well, yesterday, I twisted the wrong way, and there went my back. It's been worse, but it's also been better.
There went my ability to take pictures of anything that isn't at my waist level or higher, not unless I wanted to spend the rest of the day on the ground. Fortunately, I had spent Mother's Day (Sunday) taking pictures of my yard so I have something to show you besides pictures that look like they were taken from a helicopter.
Today, I would like to ask you to solve a couple of garden mysteries for me.
Last year, I bought a viola columbine, charmed by its tie-dyed blue and white flower and its compact shape. And I even paid more than I normally would for a plant- in some ways, I tend to be a cheapskate. This year, the plant came back (I even still had the tag on it, which, for me, is amazing), and I thought it was a viola columbine, until it started to bloom.
But, I do have a garden full of more reliable plants.
"golden hour" (a time during which I envy those who live in Alaska in the summer). Forgive me, as I have broken the GBBD rules again.
My bleeding heart started to bloom today, but my back just wasn't up to it.
I close with two pictures of my indoors orchids, taken today.
Now that you've gotten a taste for spring, please visit May Dream Gardens and click the links for other garden blogs from all over the world. Stop for a few minutes and smell- or, at least read - the flowers.
What's blooming for you?