For this month's garden blogger's bloom day hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens, Hoe & Shovel has decided to feature only the blooms that have come alive and made their first showing in the month of May. There are many others gracing the planting beds at Hoe & Shovel ... some can be viewed in the side bar or in other posts. For now its all about May arrivals.
The gardenias (above) are right on schedule blooming in May each year. Truth be told if I had had the manpower available back in March these plants would have been uprooted. They are very old (= scraggly and not as productive as they should be) and in an awkward location now that I've rearranged so many beds over the recent years. I really don't think it would be worth it to move them so it was my thought to say good bye to them. They seem to have defied my thinking and are for the moment reminding me how fond I am of the fluffy white, fragrant blooms for a short time each year.
Over the last week, many of the unmistakably perfumed blooms have made their way into a vase in my kitchen... their wondrous lemony scent wafting through the house. So for another season I'm glad to have these simple but heady flowers blooming.
Mona Lavender has proven to be a winner as a first time attempt to grow these delicate appearing blooms. I adore the foliage with deep purple undersides and shiny green topsides as much as the intricate flower . At Hoe & Shovel our container plants are like mini planting growing all year round just like the rest of our gardens. Depending on our mood we switch out the fillers, the thrillers or the spiller portion of the pot with the change of season. I'm happy to report the Mona Lavender has not only re-bloomed since its first planting back in February but it has grown twice its size.
Shown below in its combination with giant liriope, vinca, and english ivy.
The showy white flowers that are 8-12 in (20-30 cm) in diameter high up in the 35' tree have a strong lemony fragrance and appear throughout the spring and summer. The magnolia tree has to be one of the showiest blooming trees in the south.
This month with the magnolias, the gardenias, and the confederate jasmine continuing to bloom there are heavenly scents breezing through the air from all angles of the garden.
Butterfly bush buddleia
This purple butterfly magnet is loaded with blooms and butterflies are indeed drawn to its vibrant color and long cone shaped blooms. It is planted in a sunny corner along with indigo spires, fountain grasses, red lantana as ground cover, and plumbago draping over itself also attracting butterflies. It has a carefree sprawling sort of habit, is drought tolerant, and holds up well in our extreme heat throughout the summer.