Plants, Stone, California Landscapes


May Bloom Day

Allium unifolium

A quick bloom day post. A lot of the plants blooming are the same ones that we’ve had the last few years. I took almost this same photo of Allium unifolium two years ago, the difference is that our new neighbor took off the gray vinyl siding next door, revealing the red wooden siding underneath. The Clarkia is starting up around the alliums. I scattered a wildflower mix, but the clarkia is the only one that seems to have taken. It’s not my favorite of the clarkias, but that’s okay. The Bearded Iris have barely bloomed this year, I’m not sure why. Meadowfoam went to full bloom and finished since the last bloom day.

Wisteria Shower!

The Wisteria shower also came and went since the last bloom day. This was the best year yet for the wisteria, with some of the bloom stalks five feet long; there’s a thick carpet of fallen flowers now that its done.

Western Spicebush

The Spicebush starts blooming around the time the wisteria stops. Lately we have to prune it a couple of times a year to keep it from flopping onto us in the shower.


Along with the Spicebush, a few other plants are starting up. The first Bread Poppy opened today, the first Leopard Lily yesterday. The Leopard Lily in the vegetable garden, with lots of compost and regular water, is 6 feet tall and will have over fifty blooms open in a couple of days. It’s one of my favorite flowers all year.

Leopard Liliy, Lilium pardalinum

Check out MayDreamsGardens for lots more bloom day posts. My thanks to Carol for hosting.

3 Responses to “May Bloom Day”

  1. May 16th, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Gayle Madwin says:

    Six feet tall! My leopard lily is barely one foot tall. Of course I’ve only had it for a few weeks so far, but . . . six feet?! It’s hard to imagine that my little leopard lily could grow to such humongous size.

    Great Bloom Day, as always! Your wisteria shower looks amazing.

  2. May 16th, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Scott Weber says:

    OMG…I love the Allium unifolium…must find some!

  3. May 25th, 2013 at 8:07 am

    James says:

    May Bloomday on Wisteria Lane… Showering with wisteria all around sounds pretty decadent! Interesting what you say about how a lot of of what’s blooming this year is almost an exact repeat of previous years, like our gardens work pretty well as calendars.

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