Photo Friday: May Flowers

It’s been a while since I shared photos of things other than edibles, so I thought I would show a bit of what’s blooming around here in early May. I’ll start out by the front of the house, where the Encore azaleas have been putting on a show for about a week now. I believe this is their third season blooming, and they are covered with blooms.

Encore azaleas

Encore azaleas

Also out front we have lots of irises blooming. My wife showcased quite a few of them on her blog with her Sunday Stroll, but she left out one of my favorites. We have an unnamed yellow one that I brought from my old place. Though we don’t know its name, it has certainly traveled because I originally got it from my neighbor Eva, who had brought it to Kentucky from her old place in Alabama! When Eva moved back to Alabama, I dug up a few of her lovely ‘old fashioned’ irises, and then moved them to Happy Acres.

unnamed yellow iris

unnamed yellow iris

In the shade garden, we have Brunnera macrophylla  ‘Jack Frost’ blooming. While the leaves of the Brunnera are usually the main attraction, the flowers are also lovely in spring.

Brunnera

Brunnera

Close by the Bleeding Heart is almost done blooming. We have a red one and a white one, and I don’t know those cultivars.

Bleeding Heart

Bleeding Heart

Also in the shade garden, the Lamium is blooming. I believe this one is Lamium maculatum ‘Beacon Silver’, but I wouldn’t bet the farm on it! It’s a much showier relative of the dead nettle we have growing and blooming everywhere.

Lamium blooming

Lamium blooming

In the greenhouse, the Wave petunias have started blooming. It is definitely time to get them planted outside in containers, which is where we usually grow them.

Tidal Wave Hot Pink petunias

Tidal Wave Hot Pink petunias

We do have edibles blooming too. Monday I shared a photo of the blackberries blooming. The blueberries have also been blooming for some time now, and berries are setting on even as the later flowers are still opening.

blueberries blooming

blueberries blooming

In the main garden, some of the overwintered kale plants are flowering. I plan to leave them for pollinators until I need the space for something else.

kale plant blooming

kale plant blooming

And my final photo is very exciting to me. It’s a blossom on the Sugar Ann snap peas. It’s been a while since I grew peas here, and I am looking forward to getting a taste of these soon. The snow peas should also be blooming any day now.

Sugar Ann snap pea blossom

Sugar Ann snap pea blossom

I hope you have enjoyed this photo tour of Happy Acres in bloom!

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2 Responses to Photo Friday: May Flowers

  1. Mark Willis says:

    That yellow Iris was certainly worth hanging on to – a real beauty.
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  2. Susie says:

    The first flowers of spring peas are always wonderful. But my gosh, what a wonderful variety you have elsewhere! And I had no idea that kale flowers were so pretty … the leaves on that plant look so tender that it seems surprising to have flowers?
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