All of May Garden 2016


May in our area…

usually is a colorful month bursting with flowering trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs. Take the tour of images and see if the garden changes through the month. Images start mid month since I was out of the state during the beginning of May.

Gallery above May 11, carpet the front garden. Below a week later, the yellow border tulips lose the flowers yet later varieties flower.

Viburnum, Hosta, primrose, fern, Jacob’s Ladder and a host of others start to fill the shade gardens.

Two galleries above May 19th,  lilacs, viburnum, Allium, flax, iris, and yarrow all make an entrance. Tulips and lilac come and go with the heat. Earlier, many more tulips. By the end of the month, the phlox and  Allium start to fade.


Gallery above May 25.


May 30th. the lupine start blooming. The poppies are readying to welcome in June.

I hope to follow the garden again in June in a similar manner. It gives a greater idea how the garden changes when you can see a month-long view.


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30 Responses to All of May Garden 2016

  1. It looks like your gardens are right on time. Ours here, in north/central New York are a little behind. The irises are just starting to bloom as well as the alliums. Even the hostas were late coming up around here. I love how colorful your gardens are. Thanks for sharing!

    • Actually, they are ahead of most years. Butterfly weed is almost in bloom. Many allium are now faded, only the white will make June. There is quite a bit of colors early on with the yellows and red tulips.

  2. So needed to brighten my day! 🙂 xx

  3. Your garden is so beautiful. You are so lucky to be able to grow lupine—too hot here.

    • Thank you, Carolyn. Lupine did not return before, but for some reason they are doing very well the last few year. Poppies are multiplying too and they also were never reliable. Our dry years must have something to do with it.

  4. swo8 says:

    Your Lupine are further along than ours, Donna. Your garden is looking great. What an inspiration you are!

  5. I know all this beauty comes with a price: hours of sweat equity weeding, planning, trimming, fertilizing, etc., but your results are outstanding. Thanks for sharing.

  6. David says:

    Nice photos. They make me wish my little 6 ft by 5 ft patch of clay would hurry up and start looking like a garden. Despite defensive measures like “Liquid Fence” and a pepper spread the rabbits and squirrels still have the upper hand but I will prevail; I’m the one walking upright!

    • All clay here too. I amend every year and the clay stubbornly returns after winter. I have rabbits and loads of squirrels. Last year the squirrels beheaded every poppy and sunflower.

  7. alesia says:

    I have nothing blooming so it means I get to enjoy yours!

  8. Not only are your gardens full and colorful, they’re so neat and free of weeds! So pretty!

  9. Beautiful. Love the combination of Alliums and white Iris.

  10. Beautiful pictures and so interesting to see and learn about the month changing.

  11. I love the way you ‘followed’ your May garden, Donna. This is a wonderful time of year and you captured it beautifully. P. x

    • Thank you, Pam. It is far easier than doing posts on the garden over and over. I was never one to just show the garden without some bit of information to pass along, but showing it month long gives an idea that it remains with color or needs a lift somewhere during a period. It also shows how long certain perennials last in the garden from month to month, that is if viewers look at the posts that way.

  12. Your gardens and your photography are astonishingly beautiful!! An absolute pleasure to see. Thank you for sharing so many gorgeous images, Donna.

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