Garden Bloggers Bloom Day–May 15, 2014

The great spring flush is already a thing of the past in the Upstate and my shady garden is looking decidedly green, especially since the blue blooms of Hydrangea macrophylla were lost to a late freeze. The last week has seen temperatures into the high 80s, but today has brought cool rain, which makes a nice change and is a boon to the garden. Surprisingly, experts are predicting a chilly morning Saturday, with the temperature dropping into the mid 40s on Friday night. I hope they are right!

Here’s a quick look at the best blooms in the garden…

Oakleaf hydrangea (H. quercifolia)

Oakleaf hydrangea (H. quercifolia)

Strawberry begonia (Saxifraga stolonifera)

Strawberry begonia (Saxifraga stolonifera)

The shade tolerant Applejack (Rosa) with a heavenly perfume of fruit and cloves.

The shade tolerant Applejack (Rosa) with a heavenly perfume of fruit and cloves.

Whirling butterflies (Gaura lindheimeri)

Whirling butterflies (Gaura lindheimeri)

Kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa)

Kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa)

And the woodland garden…

Rhododendron

Rhododendron

Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum biflorum)

Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum)

Cranesbill geranium (Geranium maculatum)

Cranesbill geranium (Geranium maculatum)

To discover what’s blooming in other gardens around the world, visit the host of GBBD, May Dreams Gardens.

6 thoughts on “Garden Bloggers Bloom Day–May 15, 2014

  1. Pauline

    You have some really lovely blooms, especially your Gaura, that is so sweet! I have just planted an oakleaf Hydrangea, I think I will have to wait a bit for flowers like yours!

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  2. pbmgarden

    Your photos are always so nice Marian. The hydrangea is especially lovely. Mine is not open yet but it looks promising this year (its “creep” year).

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  3. Gloria Ballard

    What lovely spring blooms. I love the strawberry begonia. And I want to try the shade-tolerant Applejack in my shady garden.

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