A double daffodil bloom in light and dark yellow.

The May Garden: Six on Saturday 5-5-18

So much to do in the May garden! Raking, edging, weeding, and  it all needs done yesterday.

We’ve had beautiful weather. Even the thunderstorms have yielded the perfect amount of rain.

Repotting Seedlings

A bag of soil, seedlings, and trowel ready for planting.
The marigold seedlings are ready to grow.


Enjoying the Blooms

The cold spring set bloom time back a bit, so we are just enjoying the last of the daffodils and forsythia.

four varieties of narcissus, trumpet cup, large cup, poeticus, and small cup
Identifying the varieties of narcissus.


forsythia bush with heavy yellow bloom


Last fall, this bush had several blooms when we experienced a warm spell in November.  I read that the bush would not bloom again in spring. Wrong! The bush has never been so full as this spring!

Remembering Yiayia

When my husband’s grandmother passed away, I was invited to dig up anything I wanted from her gardens, before the house was put up for sale..  She was an avid gardener, and there was plenty to choose from.

This narcissus is one of the bulbs I transplanted.  It has thrived at the edge of the woodland that borders our backyard.

A double daffodil bloom in light and dark yellow.
Narcissus ‘Flower drift.”


May Showers for May Flowers

Even when it’s raining, I hate to be indoors.  The rain has softened the ground so that weeded, edging, and digging up old plantings is much easier now than it will be in June.

wheelbarrow filled with ox-eye daisy divisions
Ox-eye daisy planted by a former resident

I finally dug up the Ox-eye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) planted by a former resident.  They smell awful, don’t suppress weeds, and bloom for only a short time.  Even so, I have trouble throwing away any plant.


Lady's mantle collect raindrops in its cup-shaped leaves
Achemilla mollis (Lady’s mantle)

It’s easy to see why faerie gardens have become so popular, when you consider the magic of the Lady’s mantle foliage! (photo dedicated to fredgardener 🙂 )

Have a wonderful May weekend.

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11 comments on “The May Garden: Six on Saturday 5-5-18”
  1. A. JoAnn says:

    The fact that it is prospering in a border that we’ve never cultivated is amazing. Of course, there’s a lot of natural leaf compost out in the wood.

  2. A. JoAnn says:

    Come and get ‘um! I may plant some around the garden perimeter, to keep the critters away. They smell like poo, though, when in bloom.

  3. A. JoAnn says:

    They’ve lived a fairly cushy life so far…

  4. A. JoAnn says:

    Ypu are so right! Beauty and memories, straight from nature.

  5. A. JoAnn says:

    Yes, I think it is the perfect remembrance of a gardener!

  6. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Yiayia’s narcissus is really lovely.

  7. Your Alchemilla mollis looks so pretty in the rain. I would have had your ox-eye daisies!

  8. @cavershamjj says:

    Those marigold seedlngs loook very good. Mine are still small.

  9. Mala Burt says:

    I love the memories associated with many of my plants that came from my mother and friends, new and old.

  10. Ali says:

    That’s a lovely legacy from Yiayia!

  11. fredgardener says:

    Thank you for this dedicated photo …! The raindrops on Lady’s mantle is still a success. I also like your photo of forsythia.
    Here, mine is faded and pruned now until next year.

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