Flowers in mid May

With a return of cooler temperatures I must take advantage to tidy up before the heat returns. The late crop of winter weeds is now mostly under control, but in this acre and a quarter garden weeding is an endless chore. Which is not to say that I work at it endlessly, but any time that I am motivated there are abundant weeds to be pulled.

Delaware Valley White azaleas flowers early in May this year. Typically, it is a week earlier in late April.

Delaware Valley White azaleas flowers early in May this year. Typically, it is a week earlier in late April.

I recently commented on the brown snake in the koi pond, and my wife corrects me that it is a Northern Brown snake. After so many years I should know better than to question her, so now this is settled. Except, there are now two snakes in the pond, the larger one that has returned after my wife chased it off late last summer, and a smaller newcomer. Though the two were only partially visible beneath a boulder at the pond’s edge, I believe they were engaged in actions that might result in more snakes in the pond.

Encore Twist azalea displays flowers in a variety of patterns of color.

Encore Twist azalea displays flowers in a variety of patterns of color.

My wife has decided that the two, or however many there might be, must go, and she doesn’t care if their eviction requires violence. I’m not certain how I can capture or otherwise discourage them when they simply swim to the far side of the large pond as soon as I come close. I must be cautious where I step and reach knowing there’s a snake around, but now with two I’m tending to side with my wife. I wonder how to accomplish their eviction.

Klondyke azalea flowering in mid May.

Klondyke azalea flowering in mid May.

The Exbury azaleas are completely covered in blooms this afternoon, and in contrast to the faint or nonexistent scent of typical evergreen azaleas, the Exbury azaleas are sweetly scented. While the tall evergreen ‘Delaware Valley White’ is quite splendid, ‘Klondyke’ (I think) is a sight to behold, and other oranges and pinks are quite magnificent. These are tall growing shrubs that are unremarkable after flowering, but there are few shrubs to match this show of color.

Another of the Exbury azaleas

Another of the Exbury azaleas

Exbury azalea in mid May

Exbury azalea in mid May

Chardonnay Pearls deutzia is a mass of white blooms in early May, then it displays chartreuse foliage into early summer.

Chardonnay Pearls deutzia is a mass of white blooms in early May, then it displays chartreuse foliage into early summer.

Nikko deutzia is a low growing deciduous shrub that is not much to look at until late April, but it is quite magnificent through mid spring.

Nikko deutzia is a low growing deciduous shrub that is not much to look at until late April, but it is quite magnificent through mid spring.

Henryi clematis has suffered painful prunign at the hands of my wife, the butcher, but it has rebounded vigorously, climbing through a tall nandina.

Henryi clematis has suffered painful pruning at the hands of my wife, the butcher, but it has rebounded vigorously, climbing through a tall nandina.

Jackmani clematis is not as vigorous as Henryi, but  it is happy to sprawl through the same nandina. It will reach its peak bloom a week later than Henryi.

Jackmani clematis is not as vigorous as Henryi, but it is happy to sprawl through the same nandina. It will reach its peak bloom a week later than Henryi.

Seedlings of Espresso geranium have similar blooms, but the foliage ranges from burgundy to nearly green. The seedlings are abundant, but they are easily controlled and they often pop up in unexpected places that work for the best.

Seedlings of Espresso geranium have similar blooms, but the foliage ranges from burgundy to nearly green. The seedlings are abundant, but they are easily controlled and they often pop up in unexpected places that work for the best.

Amsonia hubrichtii (Blue Star) is a tough perennial with pleasant flowers and  excellent, lacy foliage.

Amsonia hubrichtii (Blue Star) is a tough perennial with pleasant flowers and excellent, lacy foliage.

 

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2 thoughts on “Flowers in mid May

  1. I absolutely love the deep purple color of Jackmanii clematis. Unfortunately, I find that cameras simply cannot capture that intense deep purple color, which captivated me even as a little kid.

    On another subject… I love your comments on your wife! In some ways, she is similar to my wife in her garden ways. Can you coax her to insert her comments into your blog occasionally??? I’d love to hear her side of the story!

    • You’re kidding. If my wife wants to tell her side of the story she can start her own blog. I can assure you that my story is mostly true, so her rebuttal is not necessary.

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