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May 2009 Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

Blooms, FINALLY! I've been looking forward to this day all winter long. Before I get too far into my post though, I'd like to take a moment to thank Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers Bloom Day on the 15th of each month. Seeing all of those wonderful colors in the bleak whiteness of a VERY long winter helps make it more bearable.

Now, off for the tour.

I don't have tons of flowers or anything, but I do have a few perennials and bulbs that have just begun to bloom in the last several days. Thanks to lots of rain and some wonderful warm weather, things have really started to spring to life in the last few days.

The tulip bulbs that didn't get gobbled up are showing me a cheery yellow color. I never knew the crazy critters ate the leaves of tulips, it's just plain crazy. Most of them have at least been snacked on.

My candy stripe creeping phlox is beginning to bloom. I think I will divide this huge clump into several plants in a new garden I want to plant in my back yard. I just love bi-color blooms.

My fern leafed bleeding hearts have begun blooming too. Somehow I thought that the traditional bleeding hearts started to bloom first, but apparently I was wrong. It's not the first time, and I'm sure it won't be the last!

I like these because I think the foliage is more interesting than the others.

These garlic bulbs that had just barely begun to sprout and the nasty chipmunks (or squirrels, I don't think we decided) had eaten? Some of them escaped the smorgasbord and sprang into these plants. They're coming up everywhere. Hooray.

Let's not forget the annuals. The poor things have been hauled around so much that some of their hangers have started to break. Maybe I jumped the gun buying all of these beauties already. The 6 packs were only $1.29 each plus an additional 10% off with hubby's discount.

I think having them sit beside the snow blower is a nice touch, don't you? At least I haven't needed it this May!

I know they look pretty sparse right now, but they'll fill in later. I don't have a ton of money to make them look like those $20 baskets in the garden centers, but hopefully they will soon. I've been working hard on my patience over the long winter so I'm sure waiting a bit longer for thick, lush hanging baskets won't kill me.

Several of my containers are not mobile, so they don't get to go on parade like all of the others. I have to tuck them in instead. I have a lot of terry towels that have been retired from the bathing service. They have a much more important job to perform right now.

We have a frost/freeze warning for tonight so I got out before it got too cool outside to trap in some warmth. This is just one of my plants nestled in for the night.

I brought out my canvas painting tarp to cover the seedlings in the veggie garden. Yes, I know I started the tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers too early but I'm sure everything will work out great.

I hope I get going early enough to get everything uncovered before I go to work for the fourth day in a row. They need some sun. It's been a crazy week! I hope to break out and visit you all again soon. Wish me luck at the Junior High!

Thank you for stopping by to chat with me. Please leave me a message, I'd love to hear your thoughts!



tina said...

Yahoo for the tulips! So glad you have blooms. I love your little garden shed. It turned out quite cute!

Dawn said...

I'm in the same boat, in fact I have growing day lilies on my counter because of the cold and when it warms up, no bulbs in the stores, all sold out!
Join me for my give-a-way though! Not until the 5 th so you have some time.

Gail said...

Good morning Cindy! Happy Spring! I remember you had snow on the ground last year at this time! My dear have a good day! Love the header photo...gail

our friend Ben said...

Way to go Cinj! What a good plant parent you are, tucking everybody in. And you're right, those annual baskets will fill out in no time!

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

I bet you are happy to have some blooms. I remember last month you were wishing you had some. It's great when the flowers finally return.

Nola @ the Alamo said...

I thought that tulip was a magnolia, I nearly flipped out! Your bleeding heart is beautiful. Doesn't spring just lift your spirits when things start to pop up?

donna said...

Cinj, I doubt our southern gardening friends have their potted plants lined up next to the snowblower. That photo made me smile. I've never liked buying hanging baskets or to plant my own like you do. The candy stripe creeping phlox are so cute just like their name. I can't wait for heat and humidity. How about you?

Cinj said...

Tina- I'm so happy. Only the yellow ones have started to bloom, but that means I'll have others that will be blooming once the yellows are done.

I like the shed too. I want to make a window box and shutters for it too. Once I stain the deck it will be finished.

Dawn- Isn't it crazy how quickly they clearance the bulbs out? That's how I got all of these though, straight off last year's clearance rack.

Gail- It's so nice to see that spring is officially here, isn't it? I think the arrival of blooming tulips makes it spring. We did have quite a few spurts of snow last year in May. Looks like this year most of the precip has been rain thankfully.

Ben- Well, we wouldn't want the poor little darling to freezes their little leaves off. Would we? Frosts are usually done here around the end of May, so it won't be long now.

Catherine- YES!!! Woo hoo. I love the arrival of blooms in the garden. I feel SO much better this year than I did last year too.

Nola- That would be something, wouldn't it? No magnolias here though.

Donna- Nope. I imagine if they even saw a snowblower they may not know what it was unless they've been up north at some point.

I like the heat, but not the humidity so much. I could keep spring around for a while yet as long as it stops being so darn cold at night. Above 40 would be wonderful....

Avis said...

I'm thrilled at the arrival of May, too. I think my seedlings will be able to go outside for good in the next few days. Happy blogging!

Sue said...

Hi Cindy,
I plant my pots with room for the plants to grow, too. I am not doing as many this year, because it takes so long to water them. I do have enough planted that it has been taking more time than I wanted it to, though. I have a couple tubs of sweet potatoes, and some herbs in pots, besides the flowers.

I hope your weather is improving.