For the first time ever, the Smilacina racemosa a/k/a Maianthemum racemosum or Solomon's plume is in full bloom for Bloom Day.
Usually it blooms after the 15th.
The wonderful little Phlox pilosa 'Eco Happy Traveler' is in full bloom
At the opposite end of the Nanoprairie, the Geum triflorum are just beginning to "smoke."
A very welcome bloom is Aquilegia canadensis.
There were three plants, now there is only one, and it hasn't bloomed in a couple of years because the wild ginger (Asarum canadensis) was over-running it. Last summer, I yanked out a bunch of the ginger, and the little columbine has rewarded me for my efforts.
There is something that all of the above photos have in common. They are all of native plants. But native plants have to share the spotlight with well-behaved exotics in May, such as peonies
|Paeonia 'Fen Yu Nu'|
|The native Geranium maculatum shares a space with Clematis Bonanza.|
the always dependable 'Silver Moon',
and 'Crystal Fountain', seen here blooming with Calycanthus floridus 'Athens'.
This plant has been MIA from Bloom Day for a couple of years.
I'm pleased with this new pairing of Narcissus 'Baby Moon' with Phlox divaricata 'Lemon Slice'.
Here are a couple of random images of other things in bloom now.
|Corydalis 'ex Dufu Temple'|
|the native Podophyllum peltatum|
Allium 'Purple Sensation'
Anemonella thalictroides a/k/a Thalictrum thalictroides
Anemonella thalictroides a/k/a Thalictrum thalictroides 'Cameo'
Anemonella thalictroides a/k/a Thalictrum thalictroides 'Oscar Shoaf'
Anemonella thalictroides a/k/a Thalictrum thalictroides var rosea
Aquilegia 'Leprechaun Gold'
Aquilegia 'Sunburst Ruby'
Baptisia 'Twilight Prairieblues'
Brunnera 'Diane's Gold'
Brunnera 'Hadspen Cream'
Brunnera 'Looking Glass'
Campanula persicifolia 'Telham Blue'
Clematis 'Betty Corning'
Cornus kousa 'Beni-fuji'
Corydalis 'Blackberry Wine'
Dianthus 'Cranberry Ice'
Dicentra 'King of Hearts'
Helleborus x hybridus
Heuchera 'Fire Chief'
Heucherella 'Burnished Bronze'
various bearded Iris
Phlox divaricata 'Clouds of Perfume'
Phlox divaricata 'Plum Perfect'
Polemium reptans 'Stairway to Heaven'
Rosa 'Carefree Beauty'
Tiarella 'Iron Butterfly'
Tiarella 'Pink Brushes'
Wisteria macrostachys 'Blue Moon'