A Few Flowers In Early May

More irises are slowly beginning to open after another week of overcast skies and cool temperatures. This white ruffled one was shared with me three or four years ago by a friend and former neighbor.

Iris germanica (Bearded iris)

Iris germanica (Bearded iris)

Iris germanica (Bearded iris)

Iris germanica (Bearded iris)

Iris germanica (Bearded iris)

Iris germanica (Bearded iris)

Another iris came from a neighbor in my former neighborhood back in the late seventies, passed along by her mother’s friend, who grew them to supply a florist.

Iris germanica (Bearded iris)

Iris germanica (Bearded iris)

Most pass-alongs come to me without names but this lavender iris finally has one. Touring some other gardens today with some knowledgeable gardeners helped me finally identify it as Roof Iris. It tolerates part shade. The leaves have always looked unhealthy, whether in sun or shade, and I am not sure if there is anything I should be doing about them.

Iris tectorum (Japanese Roof Iris)

Iris tectorum (Japanese Roof Iris)

Yellow Bearded iris in the southern side path have been blooming for several weeks. Nearby Lychnis coronaria (Rose Campion) seems reluctant to open.

Lychnis coronaria (Rose Campion)

Lychnis coronaria (Rose Campion)

A few other plants in this same area are beginning to add some color though. The Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ is in full bloom this week and the Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’ is ever so close to flowering.

Baptisia 'Purple Smoke' and Clematis 'Jackmanii' at Southern Entrance

Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’ and Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ at Southern Entrance

Clematis 'Jackmanii'

Clematis ‘Jackmanii’

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14 thoughts on “A Few Flowers In Early May

  1. Pauline

    Your iris are beautiful, especially the white one. I don’t think we’re going to see flowers on the iris for a while yet here. Each day brings new flowers out, they are trying to catch up on the cold spring.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      That white one is such a show-off. I really like it too. Perhaps the cooler weather makes us slow down and appreciate the individual changes. That’s nice in a way.

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  2. Christina

    I love your white Iris, I have a white one too (planted last autumn) which opened for the first time yesterday. All your Irises are beautiful and the clematis is such a lovely strong colour. Christina

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  3. Cathy

    Beautiful irises Susie. And the Lychnis will be a real show when it flowers! Does it sow itself around in your garden too? I’ll have to wait a while for mine to bloom yet.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy. Yes, indeed the Rose Campion has taken over that bed after I pulled out a bunch Lamb’s Ears that had taken over it last year. Most of my plants are like unruly children!

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  4. P&B

    Lovely white iris. Is it ‘Immortality’? I’ve seen one like this in a catalog and it is one of the re-bloom iris.

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