One of the great things about the Fling - I've said this many times, but it's worth repeating - is all the amazing people that you connect with and get to know. Each time I've been, a few new faces are added to my list of blogging friends and this year, Carol Michel from May Dreams Gardens was one of them.
I had heard of Carol's "Garden Bloggers Bloom Day" but, being a veggie girl, I never thought to participate. But hey - I have blooms in my garden too - so I made a promise to her that I would join in....and here I am.
Buzzy bee enjoying the blooming spirea
I'm a couple of days late for Carol's bloom day and these photos were taken early in the week - I would have posted them sooner but I've been delayed...the details of this delay will be in my next post 😊.
As many of you know, I inherited many of the shrubs and perennials in my garden from the previous owners and, in most cases, I have no idea what the variety names are. But that doesn't make them any less soothing to the soul.
We have a couple of Bleeding Hearts blooming by our front door - from what Jason said about the differences between the natives and the imports, I'm thinking these understated guys are natives.
In addition to the standard pink, I also have a white bloomer which, I must say, is my favourite.
Although the bleeding hearts do bloom, they don't seem to be flourishing in this spot which is in between the front steps and a dwarf spruce, so they are on the list of plants that I'll be moving in the near future.
Also on the moving list are the columbines that are being shaded out by the plants around them - they would definitely benefit from a bit more breathing space.
This one popped up in the garden a couple of years ago and I have no idea where it came from - but I love it!
Up next is the Diablo Ninebark. With it's gorgeous leaves, blooms and seed pods, it's one of my season-long favourites.
Diable Ninebark - about to burst into bloom
Still pretty, but fading fast
Then there was a surprise iris that popped up in the driveway bed this year. This area was dominated by a few massively overgrown potentillas, which I removed last year. Although I've seen iris leaves pop up in the past, we've never had a bloom....until now.
We also have a few unnamed roses, two of which are in bloom right now:
We have two peonies - the one on a south facing wall, not-surprisingly, blooms first:
The second is somewhat shaded by an amur maple in our front garden and generally blooms a couple of weeks later.
I'm also enjoying some colour from the annuals I have in pots (I know - pots!) including this gorgeous calibrachoa:
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