Friday, May 15, 2009

May flowers for bloggers' bloom day

Here's my contribution to Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. There are many more things in bloom than I have time to list. We have been fortunate to have a relatively cool spring, so the early bulbs and flowering shrubs are lasting a long time. I love it when we get a prolonged spring.

Lily-flowered tulip Claudia (I think) with bleeding-heart

Brunnera with daffodils and epidmedium in the back

White Angel crab apples in the "orchard"

Eastern Redbud in the shrub border
(This was a tiny seedling given to us by my mother a few years ago)

John's rock garden is in its spring glory right now

My Euphorbia polychroma hedge - these were all self-sown plants moved to the edge of a walkway

To see Bloom Day contributions from many more garden bloggers, head on over to May Dreams Gardens.

© Yvonne Cunnington, Country Gardener


  1. Lovely, Yvonne. I'd love a redbud! And a few more acres to grow it in. (Although every time I whine about space, I try to remind myself: silly, you barely have time to care for the microgarden!)

  2. Anonymous11:31 AM

    Wow! That rock garden looks amazing.

  3. Wow, the euphorbia is amazing! And I love all the shrubs in bloom. Happy GBBD!

  4. Love your bulbs and companions.

    Also like the multitrunked redbud; think I'll cut mine to the ground and let it start anew.

  5. You and I have some Bloom Day plants in common! :) I love your rock garden, and just purchased some Brunnera for a project I'm working on -- love those wispy blue flowers.

  6. I love those purple tulips!

  7. Wow, so glad you all stopped by to comment on this May blooms day. Welcome, and I do hope you'll visit again. Helen, you so right: it takes a lot of time to care for a garden this size. You have to be devoted, and do a lot of weeding and pruning. Am trying to take two days off each week, as it's almost a full-time job, but I do admit to having some gardening help.

    Thanks all! Cheers/Yvonne

  8. Anonymous4:08 PM

    Your spring blooms are heavenly right now! I love the Claudia tulips in the first shot with Dicentra. What a pretty combination. :) Your hedge of Euphorbia polychorma is fun, they multiply so easily that I have tons of them too. They really are a nice filler in shade or sun.

  9. Hi Yvonne, I continue to be amazed about how far ahead of us you are - though only "a few" kilometres away and north that is - the lake effect really shows. I haven't posted any "Garden Bloggers bloom day" yet, hopefully by June I will join.
    As always your displayes are gorgeous.

  10. Thanks for visiting, Perennialgardener. Salix: I'm amazed at how much difference the lake effect makes.

  11. Yvonne .. You are so gifted with the design of your garden and so lucky to be in such a beautiful area too !
    Those tulips are perfect .. and I have to admit I am totally smitten by the rock garden.
    I do have a question .. I am interested in the Redbud .. being in zone 5b .. what cultivar of Redbud (such as yours) is a hardy to our area ? .. I have a corner with full light .. to perhaps replace a failing lilac .. any tips ?

  12. Hi Joy: Thanks for your comment and visit. I think redbud would be ok for you. It's regularly so cold and windy here in the winter that our forsythias don't bloom, but the redbud has been very reliable. I just checked my Dirr Manual of Wood Landscape Plants, and he says it's hardy to Zone 4 and states that it can actually be grown in Minneapolis, MN (Zone 3b), if the seed source is local. I hope that helps. Cheers/Yvonne

  13. That Euphorbia is amazingly cool! It's interesting what blooms in combination in different parts of the world.

    I LOVE John's rock garden!

  14. Tony the garden guy10:58 PM


    Love all your recent pics, mostly the tulip one...Love the color,etc. Thank You for another comment on my blog as well. Hope to talk to you again.


  15. Thanks, Tony. Keep in touch. Best wishes/Y

  16. I thought I'd posted here but probably started and then my computer froze!
    Everything looks SO beautiful Yvonne! And John's rock garden is stunning too! It just keeps getting better!!

  17. Really.. Nice images. All the plants are looking so beautiful because of their color combination. Thanks a lot for this great work..


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