Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Bloom Day - May flower photos

The Azaleas both deciduous and evergreen and the Rhododendrons are in full bloom now. But other plants are flowering too and no less interesting or colorful. I'm too tired to name them all but most of them are fairly common so easy to identify. So here goes...this is a long list so be forewarned.


Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Ki, when Digital Flower Photos refered to your place as a mini-estate garden it was no exaggeration! What a wonderful array of woody and herbaceous beauties, including the substantial Azalea collection.

Happy Bloom Day!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

7:01 PM  
Blogger Entangled said...

Beautiful! As much as I love the big showy flowers, I always seem to zero in on the smaller ones - is the blue flower (19th photo, if I counted correctly) blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium)?

3:28 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Chris was funny when he referred to our home as a mini- estate.When we look at the yard in the winter Annie, it seems so bare... and of course this is the time we mentally plot out new planting areas and buy mailorder plants we can't get locally or that are too expensive at a regular nursery because they usually stock large size plants. So, in the fullness of spring we are stuck with these wonderful plants with nary a space to plant them. The backyard especially is becoming too congested. By the standards of most suburban homes now, we don't have much land, 1/3 acre but a large part of that is used by a water drainage swale and a stand of Douglas firs the former owner planted to screen out a side neighbor - too many hot tub parties. ;) The Azaleas and Rhodies are nice when arrayed with other plants and evergreens especially in a woodland setting. Thanks for stopping by.

Hi Entangled,
Yes, it is blue eyed grass. I had to count down to find the photo. You should have taken pity and made me count up from the bottom instead. :) Sorry about the bad focus for that photo. I took a bunch of pictures but it was a windy day and the camera had a difficult time trying to focus on the tiny flower. The plant is in full bloom now so I'll attempt to take a better photo if it's not windy.

I agree the small flowers have as much structure and interest as the larger more noticeable ones especially if you get a good macro shot of it. I seem to have missed adding the Pansy violet, Viola pedata, I bought last year. I'll add it to the bottom of the photos. See what you think of it.

4:10 AM  
Blogger Anthony said...

Those columbine look great. Did you start them from seed? I tried to start William Guiness from seed last year and got nothing. This year I'm giving Blue Star a try. Any tips?

12:50 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

We bought most of our columbines from a nursery called NJ Botanical Gardens, up in Somerville, now defunct because the old gent who ran it died a couple of years back. The plants were very cheap some going for as little as $.49 when we first started going there more than 10 years ago. They were up to $.69 -.99 for the cheapest and up to 4.99- 7.99 for the most expensive. Of course the plants were small but for something like a columbine you would have flowers in the first year.

I never did try to grow them from seed so I can't help you there, though our 'bines regularly self seed so I would think if you sowed the seeds, shallowly covered them, kept them moist you should have sprouts in a couple of weeks if not three. Oops there goes my memory...I did plant columbine seeds this year, only this weekend, some Magpie columbine, A. vulgaris and some Dwarf White columbine, A. flabellata 'nana alba'. I used some potting soil in those little mulitple planting packs I'm reusing from some lobelia we bought earlier. Keeping them moist is a problem since those small packs tend to dry out quickly. I'll let you know if they germinate.

5:43 PM  
Blogger MrBrownThumb said...

great photos.

What's the eight plant from the bottom? I love the flower.

7:00 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Ki... I almost missed your post. Your flowers are beautiful. I just bought some blue-eyed grass because those little blue flowers are irresistable!

Thanks for participating in Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

7:05 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Carol, I always seem to be a step behind. My only excuse is that our daughter came for a visit with her new boyfriend so we had to entertain them all weekend. Everyone loves the blue eyed grass just for the reason you like them. They are indeed irresistible. I tried to take a better focused photo this morning but guess what, they close during the night and haven't opened yet or maybe they're at the end of their bloom time and have already shriveled. :( Thanks for stopping by to look at the flowers.

4:51 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

My apologies Mr. Brown Thumb, I missed your comment. I added another flower to the bottom of the list but I believe the flower you wanted IDed is the Pasque flower. You may not have recognized it because of its shriveled state but I thought it looked interesting even in its death throes.

5:37 AM  

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