Archive for May, 2010

Going Big

Dark pink double peony

Over at May Dreams Gardens, I commented that while Indianapolis may have big flowers in May, here in Chicago we don’t go big until June.  One week later, I’m eating my words:  the warm weather brought out some serious flowers (and hungry goldfish).

White single peony

Pale pink double peony

I don’t recall seeing peonies blooming here in May before, and it’s not even Memorial Day weekend!

Passalong yellow irises

Wild irises

Both the pass-along yellow irises and the native blue flag irises popped out this weekend.  These are the first blooms ever for the nearly 2-year-old pass-alongs:  last year was too cool and damp for them to ever bud.

Blue false indigo

The blue false indigo continues to be amazing.

The bittersweet chronicles: spring 2010 edition

American bittersweet

Not only is the American bittersweet (Celastrus scandens) no longer puny, it’s in bloom!  Both plants have overtopped the trellis, and it’s only May.  As Monica predicted, there were some sprouts from the old invasive bittersweet C. orbiculatus, but the darker and glossier leaves are easy to spot and I’ve been rooting them out as soon as I see them.

American bittersweet - female flower

The female plant is blooming…

American bittersweet - male flowers

…as is the male plant.  One can only hope that this means that there will be berries this fall, if the bees and/or wind do their pollination job.

Bloom Day – May 2010

Solomon's seal in bloom

After a warm and dry April, May has been wet and cool so far.  The flowers in bloom now are pretty much the ones that were in bloom a two weeks ago.

  • Celandine poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum)
  • Blue false indigo

  • Blue false indigo (Baptisia australis)
  • Columbine and geranium on the biofalls

  • Wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
  • Wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)
  • Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum biflorum) – photo at top of page
  • Wild hyacinth

  • Wild hyacinth (Camassia scilloides)
  • Shooting star and columbine

  • Shooting star (Dodecatheon meadia)
  • Prairie trillium

  • Prairie trillium (Trillium recurvatum)
  • Common violet
  • Lilies of the valley
  • Chives
  • Thyme
  • Raspberry blooms

  • Raspberry ‘Caroline’
  • Strawberry

The bearded irises and the peonies look about ready to pop, so any stretch of warm weather should bring them out. No water lily buds yet, alas!

Many thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for having Bloom Day.

Postscript: forgot that the American bittersweet & red baneberry are blooming too.  I’ll have to add another post to my bittersweet series.