Even though it has finished blooming, I had to include a photo of the plant formerly known as Smilacina racemosa (Maiathemum racemosa), because it bloomed after May Bloom Day. This is one of my favorite native wildflowers. It's not done for the season, however, as it develops red berries where the "plume" was, and the foliage turns yellow in the fall.
Say goodbye to Orville Fay, he's nearly done blooming. Last year he didn't bloom at all, so I was very pleased that he put on such a good show this year. He's a tetraploid Siberian Iris, so the flowers are larger and the foliage more upright than my other Siberian Iris, which missed both Bloom Days.
Also on its way out are the blooms of Calycanthus 'Athens.' This one still smells fruitylicious. Nearly done also is Thalictrum 'Thundercloud.' I love the color.
The Campanulas are in full bloom, C. garganica 'Dickson's Gold,'C. perscifolia 'Alba' and 'Telham Blue,' and 'Sarastro,' looking better than ever. It's planted with Heuchera 'Raspberry Ice.' H. 'Hollywood' is living up to its billing. When the sun hits it, it is visible across the yard. The flowers of H. 'Lime Rickey' aren't as flashy, but they look good with those of Alchemilla mollis, which is also in full bloom.
Looking dazzling for such a baby, my Cornus kousa 'Beni fuji' is loaded with large flowers.
All the Columbines are still blooming. Here's a 'Leprechaun Gold' seedling blooming with one of four groups of Solomon's Seal (Polyganatum camutatum/biflorum). It's a native. Although not actually blooming, the native Prairie Smoke is grown for it's showy seedheads. Right now, it's smokin'. Another native that blooms in June is the plant called 'Bowman's Root' (I have no clue why) (Gillenia trifoliata), seen here with Aquilegia 'Woodside Blue.'
The Clematis parade continues with the divided and transplanted 'Henryi.' He outgrew his space, so I've moved him to the back of the garden. In his place is my only double Clematis, blooming for the first time, 'Vyvyan Pennell.' Also blooming for the first time is 'Betty Corning.' I think I'm really going to like this one. I posted a closeup of 'Silver Moon' already, so here's the plant on its new trellis. It is loaded with buds. 'Crystal Palace' is now Crystal Puffs.Just this morning 'Venosa Violacea' opened for the first time.It got chomped on by Earwigs before it opened. I'd appreciate any suggestions for dealing with Earwigs. I'm trying overturned pots filled with shredded newspaper in a couple of areas, but that doesn't seem to be working yet.
The Astrantias are just coming into bloom. My current favorite in the garden is 'Claret,' shown here with Dicentra 'King of Hearts' blooming in the background.
Very soon, Hydrangea macrophylla 'Penny Mac' will start blooming. It has this large bud and two smaller buds, while poor 'Endless Summer' has just one, much smaller bud. Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snow Queen' is also just starting to bloom. It's going to be great this year.
Things still blooming from last month:
Tiarella 'Iron Butterfly'
Thalictrum/Anemonella thalictroides, white, pink and double forms
Heucherella 'Burnished Bronze' and 'Sunspot'
Jack in the Pulpit
Dicentra 'Candy Hearts'
Corydalis 'Blackberry Wine'
Brunnera 'Jack Frost'
seedling pink Aquilegia vulgaris
New this month:
Penstemon 'Husker's Red'
Phlox pilosa 'Eco Happy Traveler'
a creeping yellow flowered Sedum
Physocarpus opulifolius 'Monlo' (Diablo)
Heuchera 'Smoky Rose'
Cotinus 'Ancot' (Golden Spirit)
Geranium nodosum 'Svelte Lilac'
mystery PeonyAstrantia 'Primadonna'
Things in bud:
'Black Dragon' strain Trumpet Lilies
Astilbe 'Veronica Klose'?
Clematis 'Evipo 023' (Cezanne)