Joyful May to you! I saw some cheery poppies yesterday that made me smile. I always think of poppies and peonies as my birthday flowers–they were always in full bloom at the end of May, making a pretty backdrop for my birthday photos.
The lilac bush we planted three years ago finally bloomed, to great rejoicing. The picture above is from last weekend; we cut the bloom stems today, to encourage further growth, and put them in a vase on the table–you can smell them all through the house! Ken and I both love lilacs and irises, and now we have both growing in our yard. The free irises we picked up in the neighborhood last fall are growing vigorously and have finally produced a hint as to their color: one purple bud, still tightly furled.
My Great-grandma Ridnour had a big patch of irises; to tiny me, walking up the path with irises towering over my head on both sides, it seemed the entire back yard was irises. I confess I’ve considered doing the same in our front yard: just giving it over to the flowers and letting them run riot.
I would like to get some lilies of the valley growing somewhere in the yard. These are my true birthday flowers, i.e., the flowers ‘assigned’ to May birthdays, and I love their fragrant daintiness. A few years ago, Ramona sent me some that had originally grown in Great-grandma Lynam’s yard, but they failed to take root. Still, try, try again. They’re supposed to be quite hardy, once established. Perhaps they’d do well in the same corner that the Arum italicum is flourishing in?
I also want to find a spot and get some huechera, or coral bells, going. I love the autumnal colors of the ‘Caramel’ and ‘Marmalade’ varieties; it would be nice to have a little autumn in the garden all year round. Perhaps I’ll do something like this container garden I saw on the Craftzine Blog. Pretty, isn’t it?