Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Bloom Day — May 2012

May is wonderful — so full of life. The sound of birds chirping and singing can be heard through open windows and entices us to step outside; the smells of lilacs, fruit blossoms, rain, and earth fill the spring air, and the arrival of bright, beautiful color is a welcome change in our landscape. The peak of spring is upon us, and our senses have been awakened!

Unfortunately, you cannot hear the birds or smell the spring air via our blog, but you can enjoy the lovely images of spring in our neck of the woods, in the Southern Hemisphere, and across the Atlantic.

Maribeth Casey, Williamstown, Massachusetts:

Fairy azaleas




Does anyone know what this lovely white flower is?

Gwen Steege, Williamstown, Massachusetts:


Bleeding Heart




Lady's Mantle

Jacob's Ladder

Zan Farr, Williamstown, Massachusetts:


MaryAnn Nรธbben, Norway:
Things are happening slowly here in Norway — the ice has just left the lake, and there are snow flurries in the air today, but the rugged hopefuls are still poking their heads up through the cold earth.

Scilla, which is spreading itself beautifully

Iceland poppies, which also spread quite happily!

Fritillaria rubra is still getting covered at night because
its neighbor, Fritillaria lutea, got bitten by the frost — don't
know if it will send another flower or not!

The faithful viola

Rebecca Montero, Carapeguรก, Paraguay:

Kumandรก yvyra’i * (Cajanus cajan), a.k.a. Pigeon Pea.
This is grown here for green manure (among other things),
but I mostly use it for rabbit forage.

Esponja, a.k.a. Loofa. 
I have had amazing success growing loofa here,
getting loofas that sometimes max out at over 80cm!

Mucuna (Stzolobium cinerum), a.k.a. Velvet Bean/
Hamburger Bean (or tons of other common names).
is also grown here for green manure, but I grow it for my
rabbits. They love to eat it and it is really good for ‘em!

Mamรณn, a.k.a. Papaya.  I have attached two pictures of
flower, because it looked so pretty at the moment.

*Kumandรก yvyra’i is the Guaranรญ (official indigenous language of Paraguay) name for Pigeon Pea.  The rest of the names are given first in Spanish, the scientific (if I had it handy), then in English.

Mary Velgos, Coastal Maine:

Wild apple blossom

Melinda Sheehan, North Adams, Massachusetts:
I received a package of mixed wildflower seeds as a gift. I planted them last year and this one popped up last week. I have no idea as to what it is.

Can anyone identify this wildflower?

Sara Bonthuis, Bennington, Vermont:
This photo was taken along the George Aiken Wildflower Trail at the Bennington Museum.

Solomon's Seal

Debbie Surdam, Hoosick, New York:

Heather Tietgens, Stamford, Vermont:
Bleeding Heart

Deb Burns, Williamstown, Massachusetts:
Forget-me-nots and azalea under crabapple tree

Tulips – parrot, painted, and Angelique

Tulip’s heart
Bulbs and birdbath

To see more Bloom Day photos, go to May Dream Gardens


Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Lovely to view from around the world. So nice. I think the one flower not i.d.'ed is a daffodil and one of the small cup ones. They are so many anymore. Happy Bloom Day.~~Dee

LL Prescott said...

Does anyone know what this lovely white flower is?"
Looks to me like a Jonquil, an old world variety of Narcissus.

Trainer John said...

The unknown flower is Narcissus poeticus, the jonquil. Some lovely flowers displayed in the other shots.

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