Friday, May 15, 2009

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day May 2009

[Photo: Waldsteinia fragaroides in bloom.]Once again, it's Garden Blogger's Bloom Day, hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. This is not the best picture of my new barren strawberry (Waldsteinia fragaroides), which I got at the North American Native Plant Society's plant sale last weekend.

This pansy (Viola x wittrockiana 'Delta Pure Rose') led me to break my promise to myself not to buy plants I could have grown from seed if I had been more organized. There are so many interesting new varieties of pansies these days; I especially like the pink ones.

[Photo: purple and white viola.]I think this little viola is the grandchild of the 'Sorbet Coconut Duet' violas I had two years ago. (The first generation of volunteers, last year, looked nothing like the original.)

[Photo: yellow violas.]I love it when plants volunteer, at least when they are pretty like this yellow viola.

[Photo: Tulipa Angelique in bloom.]Here is one of the 'Angelique' tulips I got for almost free from Brecks (they had a $25 off sale, no minimum purchase). Unfortunately only about half of them bloomed; at least I didn't have to pay much for them.

[Photo: pale pink tulip.]Some of the bulbs the landlords' kids and I rescued from a neighbour who was replacing the previous owner's garden with sod are blooming. We had no idea what would come up from these bulbs, of course, so I'm happy that they are so far all very pretty, like this pale pink tulip,

[Photo: dark pink and white tulip.]and this striking bicoloured dark pink and white one.

[Photo: pale yellow tulips.]My landlords' pretty pale yellow tulips are back again this spring.

[Photo: another pale pink tulip.]I don't know where this pink tulip in the front yard came from; a gift from the squirrels, perhaps?

[Photo: Pyrus sp. flowers.]The pear tree (Pyrus sp.) has just started blooming. So far we have never got edible fruit from it, but it still works as an ornamental.

[Photo: Muscari flowers.]My grape hyacinths (Muscari sp.) are behind the rest of Toronto, for some reason, even though they were one of the earliest plants up in our garden. This is the only one in bloom; the rest have just tiny undeveloped green buds.

[Photo: Dahlia?]My landlord just got these pretty yellow flowers, which I believe are Dahlia?

[Photo: Narcissus Cheerfulness.]My daffodils are on their way out (Narcissus 'Cheerfulness' from Vesey's). I'm very pleased with the vigor of these plants.

[Photo: Dicentra spectabilis flower.]Finally, the bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis) is doing well. This was one of the first flowers I learned to recognize, for obvious reasons.

Thanks, Carol, for hosting Bloom Day!


  1. Love your tulips too. Isn't Blooms Day fun? I recently started participationg too. Best wishes/Yvonne

  2. I'd confirm your unknown as a dahlia. Could your muscari perhaps be a later blooming variety? It looks like a lovely pale blue colour.

  3. I couldn't help but notice you are compiling a list of plants discussed in your posts...excellent. I think I need to do would be good for me! Your tulips are lovely~~pinks are my favorites! I am so glad I stopped by~~gail

  4. Many years ago I gardened in Toronto. I think it was one of my best gardens. I never remember problems with bugs. Must have been the cold winters. It was nice to have a reminder of what is blooming at this time of year and the magic May 25th date will soon be upon you, Tomatoes, I'll bet!


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