Thursday, May 15, 2008


Time is galloping along, May goes by too fast, as does spring. Although this is not technically a bloom, I have been watching the Japanese Maple unfurl its' leaves. I had forgotten, somehow, about the incredible scarlet color. Another highlight this spring has been my 'Ohio' lilac. This is the first year it has bloomed (will bloom, technically!)
I brought it back from Ohio about 5 years ago, and it has just sat there, not grown much, and so this year's bloom is a great treat. Lilacs are one of my favorite plants, and this one is a start from my mother's lilac bush, which she got from her mother's bush.

Also blooming- the weeping cherry tree, a few remaining daffodils, hyacinths and tulips, the wood violets, periwinkle, phlox, rock cress, pansies, and wisteria.

These mini-iris have been a highlight for me - I have dark purple, this light blue, and the white and yellow ones I blogged about a few days ago. Do you see the grape hyacinths at the bottom of the iris? I think more of those in front of these irises would be a good combination to put together.

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.

Head over to see what is going on in everyone else's gardens!


Blackswamp_Girl said...

I LOVE that you have the same lilac as your mother, and her mother before her. That's wonderfully cool. :)

Those dwarf irises are adorable, and I completely agree about the grape hyacinths.

Carol said...

Hey, Blackswamp_Girl said what I wanted to say! I love that your are the 3rd generation to have that lilac. Long may it bloom now that is has some buds.

And those Japanese maple leaves can be as pretty as a flower as they slowly unfurl. That's something I want to add to my garden someday soon.

Thanks for joining in for bloom day, this glorious month of May!

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Sarah Laurence Blog said...

I love the subtle shade of those irises. Cool to have a mother link to lilacs - what a nice family tradition.

Margaret said...

I love that you think of the foliage of Japanese maples as like flowers--so do I. Isn't it fantastic?

Needled Mom said...

What a wonderful family lilac story. I hope that it will continue for many years.

The iris look so soft and pretty.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Great color echo going on with the Irises & Muscari. I'm glad you've got Lilac blooms at last. They have such a great scent.

gintoino said...

Love the color of those dwarf iris. They would look wonderful with some more grape hyacints, I agree.

Kris at Blithewold said...

I love the color of the iris too. I have the dark purple one but that pale blue is sublime... Congrats on your budded multigenerational lilac - family traditions like that are worth preserving!

Annie in Austin said...

Your lilacs and dwarf blue iris are lovely, Muum! I can remember planting lilacs in IL that took 4 or 5 years to "catch" - sounds like this one has finally decided it's okay to live in Utah instead of Ohio ;-]

My family has passed some tall white phlox around for four generations - those plants are special, aren't they?

Annie at the Transplantable Rose