Grapefruit-sized peonies challenged the resolve of their stems. Bearded iris stalks have been pulled to the ground by gravity. Enormous garden roses droop from the the weight of all those petals! May was the month of monster blooms showing off in the garden. The delicate, ephemeral flowers of early spring are a distant memory. Long days and warm temperatures give these larger blossoms the energy they need to reveal themselves.
A sampling of the first wave of monster blooms of the summer…
An assortment of what I like to call “field flowers” or wild flowers are just starting to bloom. This first wave of field flowers are descendants of the plants I started from seed last year. Bachelor button, nigella, and sweet pea reseed every year with dependable regularity. I have started new seeds this year and they are not anywhere near blooming, which is a wonderful thing. That means my harvest season is extended.
Foliage rules once again in the garden. Hostas are off the hook and it seems like my Japanese maples doubled in size. Love, love, love my lime yellow colored smoke bush!!!
My favorite May blooms this year were the cafe ranunculus and black-centered anemones.
A few other gems that appeared this month...
As a floral designer, having my own cutting garden enhances and personalizes each piece I do for my clients and deepens my love and connection to flowers. Foraging in my own backyard for additions to bridal bouquets, centerpieces, and flower subscriptions arrangements brings me so much joy. Growing an abundance of flowers and foliage also affords me the opportunity to experiment just for the sake of experimenting. My garden is my creative inspiration.
June will bring more field flowers and the second wave of roses, hydrangeas, astilbe, nasturtium, too many blooms to list. I am feeding, weeding, and deadheading constantly to keep the garden happy, healthy, and productive.
Happy gardening, my friends!