Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day-May, 2013

Well, it's been a while since I've gotten myself together enough to A) remember that it's GBBD, B) go outside and take the requisite pictures, and C) put said pictures together in a post in a timely manner. So, yay for little victories! And yay for my daylilies, which greeted me today like this:

 Well, hello, Lovelies!

These are some of my most anticipated blooms every year. They are beautiful, and they smell amazing--sweet and subtle, like the lovely ladies they are.

Accompanying my daylilies is this ever-blooming hardy ice plant, Delosperma cooperi.

This little clump of sweet alyssum has volunteered itself to grow in this pot. I wonder if it realizes the fight it's going to have against this pot's other volunteer, the winding, vining passion flower (the big leaves that you see going over the edge of the pot). Then again, seeing as how it seems to have walked itself over from those pots you see in the background, maybe it will be able to hold its own.

Two other faithful bloomers are my blue plumbago and my false heather, Cuphea hyssopifolia.

This was one of my most faithful bloomers for a long time, but my golden shrimp plant, Pachystachys lutea, seems to have taken a break over the last few months. I'm glad to see it making a comeback. 10 points for sticking your landing, Pachystachys.

Speaking of comebacks, I thought this poor bougainvillea had kicked the bucket. It didn't have a single leaf anywhere for several weeks; it was completely bare, naked I tell you!  As you can see, it's decided that it still has some life left in it; it's decided to put on it's frock and come to the May party. 

Seeing as how it's May, you've probably got all kinds of good stuff going on in your garden too, and Carol at May Dreams Gardens would love to see what you've got (as would the rest of us), so head on over to her blog, share your blooms, and see what else is blooming on this beautiful May day! Even if you don't have any blooms to share, you can live vicariously in gardens around the world--come check it out!


Jean said...

Love your lovely ladies. I don't know if this happens to you but my yellow daylilies are always the first to bloom. I don't know why. A daylily grower I know says it happens to him, too. I laughed to read how you struggle to get it together for GBBD. I do too!

gravy lessons said...

Your golden shrimp plant bloom is gorgeous! And I never think of lilies when I think of Hawaii so they were a lovely surprise. Happy GBBD to you!

scottweberpdx said...

It always seems like a challenge to get a bloom day post done in time for bloom day, doesn't it! Love the fresh and happy looking :-)

Dreamybee said...

Jean-Since these are the only daylilies I have, I guess it'd be fair to say that they are always the first ones open. :) I did just get some new ones from a friend though, so we'll see what happens!

gravy lessons-Thank you! Happy GBBD to you too!

scottweberpdx-Some days it is. I always think about taking the pictures a day early so that I could get my post together and have it up in time for the rest of the world to see on GBBD (instead of constantly being one of the last posters), but I feel like that would be cheating. LOL!