Garden Diary - May

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Flowers Around Town, in May
various dates

It started in the days of covid-19. Everyone was told to sequester at home. For me, a difficult part of the restrictions meant I could no longer go to visit gardens. Very sad. To make me feel better, Paul would drive me around town to look for flowers in people's yards. I did my best to photograph out the car's window, with an occasional escape out the door for an image while huddled against the car. Now vaccinated (multiple times, in the years since) I am still watching for flowers in other gardens. But now I can comfortably get out of the car and even cross the street.

Thursday, 9 May 2024

In April, the flower bed outside this fence was bright with golden daffodils and

the deep blue of grape hyacinths, Muscari armeniacum. Now, it is the floating bubbles

of ornamental onions. Most likely, I think, Allium aflantunense 'Purple Sensation'.

They are grouped near the gate and its arbor, their foliage already yellowing and withering.

Tuesday, 7 May 2024

A towering specimen of the European horse chestnut, Aesculus hippocastanum, on Ridge Road.
Its most attractive feature are the towering candles of flowers held above the bold palmate leaves

in early May. The conkers are poisonous for humans, cattle, horses, and sheep. Deer and squirrels
are apparently able to eat them, and they are - for those animals - a good source of fat and protein.

You might have heard of kudzu, nicknamed "the vine that ate the South." It densely climbs over
trees, growing so rapidly that it smothers and kills them by blocking most of the sunlight. Our winters
are cold enough to keep kudzu at bay. But if global warming settles here it might be a different story.

Meanwhile, we have wisteria. It does climb trees (if not as voraciously as kudzu) as here on Ridge Road.

A cascading waterfall of this wisteria in bloom. This strain is
much paler, almost silvery in color, than most that I have seen.

If a plant's flowers are deeply colored, a white variation is searched for as something special.

Conversely, if typically white, the colored form is preferred, such as this pink dogwood on Ridge Road.

On Second Street - a rugosa rose starting into bloom, with a skirting of coral bells, Heuchera americana.

Like a small tree, Viburnum plicatum 'Mariesii' layers its frothy flowers at a house on Harrison Street.

A pink dogwood at a house on Harrison Street, harmonizing with the details of the paint work.

Bearded iris making a fine display against the marine blue of this house on Harrison Street.

See also Flowers Around Town in March
Flowers Around Town in April

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