Ah, May! My favorite month of the year! I love seeing all the flowers emerge out of the ground and bloom. I love the gorgeous blossoms of the crab apple trees. It's so wonderful to see life begin again after a long, cold, dark winter. But as much as I love the month of May, it is a busy month for me. There is so much to do, I often feel overwhelmed. The garden beds have to be cleaned up and weeded. Fresh mulch needs to be applied in the gardens that need it most. Seedlings need to be started indoors. Baby annuals need to be planted. The vegetable garden needs to be planted. Porches need to be cleaned, and some repainted. Indoor plants need to be taken outside for the summer. I wake up each morning stressed out and think: "What is the most important thing I need to accomplish today?" But little by little, things get scratched off my list, and by June I can relax a little and just spend the rest of the summer watering and weeding...until Fall, when the busy, hard work begins again.
But let's not think about all the hard work see what is in bloom in my garden in May, shall we?
The creeping phlox is always one of my favorites to behold. I love how it's "creeping" onto my stairs.
The daffodils and tulips really outdid themselves this year.
Grape Hyacinths with some Catmint.
These red tulips were so striking this year. Brighter and bolder then I remember from previous years.
Thank goodness there was no late frost or blizzards this year to ruin our Crabapple blooms. Last year we didn't get any blooms because of the weather.
This Crabapple tree was the star of the garden this year. Of course it helps to have a beautiful carpet of Creeping Phlox behind it.
I try to keep this bed as free of perennials as possible because it is right in front of the house, so I want to have lots of room in it to plant annuals. I have pulled this Laminin (the purple flower) out so many times, yet it is so vigorous, it keeps growing back. It certainly is pretty though, isn't it?
I love the color of this orange tulip.
Here the Laminin is growing so vigorously it's taken over a huge part of the garden. But I don't mind it's vigor in this garden. This garden is very far from house and I like to spend as little time in this garden as possible. I can't even see this garden from my house, so I don't care about it as much. I grow naturalized plants in here; like orange day lilies, so that it is very low maintenance.
I was so happy to see so many daffodils this year. I felt the blooms were diminishing and they needed to be dug up and divided...which would be a lot of work! For whatever reason, they seemed to have re-energized themselves.
I've always loved the rose-like blooms on this shrub. I only wish there were more of them and they lasted longer.
An early-blooming Vibernum bush.
I hope you enjoyed my little May garden tour. I will be back in June with more pictures! Something new blooms every month!
Have A Great Day! Amy
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