Monday, May 15, 2017


It has been a while since I posted on bloom day. Suddenly it was upon me and I had no time to gather the photos.

Surely the opening photograph for this month's Bloom day post has to be the Monarda 'Peter's Purple' He's certainly King of the garden at the moment.

And Queen of the May garden is the blanket flower, Gaillardia pulchella. Not so easy negotiating the pathways at the moment.

And we have a princess too,  Clematis texensis 'Princess Diana'. What a beauty she is. Just a few weeks ago there was no sign of growth and I was sure I had lost the plant over the winter. In less than a month she has grown to almost cover the trellis.

So many bloomers. The spineless prickly pear, with two different blooms on the same plant.

I wonder why that is?

And all the day lilies.

All but the tiny orange one without names.
Echinacea purpurea, just coming into bloom.

The larkspurs, love-in-a-mist and poppies have finished already but blackfoot daisies, Melampodium leucanthum,  still keep going.

Among the other natives, the purple skullcap, Scutellaria wrightii.

Which pairs well in a rock garden setting with the square bud primrose, Calylophus berlandieri, and pink skullcaps.

Square bud primrose with ruby crystal grasses

Pink skull cap seeded in the dry creek
Scabiosa back for the third year. A rescue plant.

And Texas betony, Stachys coccinea, not a showy plant but the hummingbirds love it.

Another native, horsemint, Monarda citriodora.

The native chocolate daisy, Berlandiera lyrata, with its delicious chocolate fragrance.

And for the first time in a while success with Cleome.

These are just a few of the flowers that are blooming in my rocky Texas garden in mid May.

Thank you Carol at Maydreams gardens for hosting Bloom day. Find out what is growing in other gardens this May Bloom Day.


  1. I love all those lilies!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

  2. great display of Day lilies. And great photos too.

  3. Your first photo sent me scurrying back to High Country Gardens to see if they had that purple Monarda in stock. (They don't.) Your daylilies are well ahead of mine and all look so vigorous. Happy GBBD, Jenny!

  4. Just love seeing how you bend that extreme climate to your will and make a garden like this in May. Just incredible, Jenny.

  5. So glad you posted for this Bloomday, your garden is looking especially fetching! I'm a little in love with that Clematis, believe it or not for the foliage mostly.

  6. Wow what a beauty your garden is bringing you.
    A feast to my eyes.

  7. Beautiful! Also a bit strange to see that many of the things blooming for you now are the things, like blanket flowers and purple cone flowers, that keep our flower borders going in later summer.