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May 8, 2010

What’s Blooming – Early May Edition

Filed under: What's Blooming — Karma @ 4:53 pm
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Here in Western Massachusetts at the end of the first week of May, the greenery is ahead of its usual pace due to some early, very warm weather in April.  Normally, I mow my lawn for the first time during the first week of May; I’ll be doing it for the third time this year sometime this weekend if the thunderstorms we’ve been having end soon.  The trees in my backyard that usually leaf out and block the view of the neighbors this week, have been fully green for a few weeks already.  And here at the end of the first week of May, some of my favorite flowers are almost gone already.  Luckily I took their picture earlier in the week:


If any flower ever needed “smell-o-net” it’s definitely lilacs.

A brief shower earlier this week provided an opportunity to take some pretty shots with rain droplets on them:

Pink Azalea (did I spell that right? I always feel like I spell that wrong.)


I liked the way this shot came out.  I thought the tiny droplets on this delicate lily of the valley gave it a nice touch – similar to Tracy’s “sprinkles” a few days ago.

While we are looking at a pretty white flower, here’s another:
white bleeding heart

I find the shape of bleeding hearts charming.

Continuing the white theme, this next shot is not so much a “traditional” bloom.  I actually got the idea to take this picture from Michaela.  Hers were blackberry blooms, and this raspberry bud is far less spectacular looking, but I still wanted to show this picture.  I liked the star shape.

This next picture comes with a question: does anyone have any idea what this is?

There are hundreds of these in my lawn, near the back of my yard where its a bit shadier.  They are only as tall as blades of grass and I run them over with the lawnmower.  They don’t bother me, so I don’t try to get rid of them.

In the last edition of What’s Blooming, I promised to share a shot of the full-sized red bleeding heart plant.  I can’t remember now if this is as big as it gets for the year, but this is what I’ve got so far:

The promise of another of my favorite flowers appears in this shot as well.  Toward the back you see irises.  I have some bearded irises that I really love which are usually in bloom later in May.  Happily, there are many buds visible out there, so be sure to come back for the next edition of What’s Blooming!


  1. What a nice walk through your garden! Looks very similar to mine! My best guess on the “mystery flower” is wild penstemon…there are all sorts of varieties out there.

    Yep! You spelled azalea correctly! 🙂

    I’ve been trying to get a nice shot of the lily-of-the-valley. The ones in the back of my yard are in dense shade so it is difficult to get a good shot and the ones towards the front are not completely flowered yet. Perhaps tomorrow!

    Your lilacs are an especially pretty color. I do like lilacs but find the scent to be overwhelming so I keep the blossoms outside. My mom used to cut them and bring them into the house and I couldn’t stand the strong smell! lol!

    Thanks for the link to my site – so very nice of you!

    LOVE irises! I transplanted mine last year so I probably won’t get blossoms this season as they are in the process of getting strong for next season. My neighbor gave me a variety that smells like grape jelly – yum!

    Looking forward to the next addition! I am guessing what is ‘up next’ are irises and peonies! 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — May 8, 2010 @ 5:16 pm | Reply

    • Irises that smell like grape jelly? Will you be posting a shot of those with their “official” name attached? I’d be curious to find some of those!

      Good guess on the coming up next! How did you know I have peonies??? Is this another flower we have in common? 😉

      Comment by Karma — May 9, 2010 @ 9:31 am | Reply

      • Sorry, since the grape irises came from my neighbor, I do not know the official name. 😦

        Just a lucky guess on my part!

        Peonies are hands-down my favorite flowers. I have both the herbaceous and tree types in my garden, and I’ve lost count on how many individual plants I actually have! The tree peonies have just started to open; herbaceous peonies will start up in June and are staggered throughout the summer. Some smell so heavenly! Yesterday’s rain and today’s winds are wreaking havoc so I need to head out and make sure all is well. (Why-oh-why does Mother Nature HAVE to send the rains when the peonies start blooming??) I even have some sweet Chinese umbrellas (purchased from Chricket Hill Garden) to protect my peonies. But sometimes, the spring winds are so strong, they get lifted and tossed into my neighbor’s yard!

        Comment by milkayphoto — May 9, 2010 @ 11:27 am

  2. Ooohhhh!!! I just LOVE lilacs! I can almost smell it 🙂 And the color is soo pretty! I really like your lily of the valley and bleeding hearts, too… and the raspberry blossoms! We have some raspberries, too, but I completely forgot to go back out and take pictures.
    Your mystery flower almost looks like henbit?? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamium_amplexicaule
    We have TONS of those, too, but they get pretty tall, so maybe I’m wrong.
    Our irises have already bloomed, and I never did go and take pictures of those either.
    Thanks for the link to my blackberries 🙂

    Comment by thedailyclick — May 8, 2010 @ 6:25 pm | Reply

    • Well, I suppose its possible those could be my mystery flower – I don’t know how tall they’d get if they weren’t in the path of my lawnmower! 😉

      Thanks for the flower compliments. I’m always sad when the scent of the lilacs is gone for the year. Luckily, I have one more tree in the shady back part of the yard that blooms a little later than the other lilacs, so I have a bit more to look forward to!

      Comment by Karma — May 9, 2010 @ 9:37 am | Reply

  3. Sure does seem as though you’ve got an abundance of early colour and life in your garden… and you’ve captured some real nice shots too… It’s no good me hazarding a guess at your mystery flower though, as I know as much about those as squirrels know about litigation… 😉

    Comment by FS Photography — May 9, 2010 @ 1:38 pm | Reply

    • I’m so glad you decided to check out my blog! Thanks for coming by – and for the humorous comments! Love them!

      Comment by Karma — May 9, 2010 @ 4:21 pm | Reply

  4. LOVE the second lilac picture.

    White bleeding heart? I didn’t even know there was such a thing.

    Can’t wait for your iris and peony pictures!

    Comment by Renae — May 11, 2010 @ 9:33 pm | Reply

    • Thanks, Nae! And happy REAL birthday!

      Comment by karma — May 12, 2010 @ 3:35 pm | Reply

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