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|
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.