|Full of tulips at Gilmore Gardens in May!|
As excited as I was to be touring Chanticleer and Winterthur last week, I was a little sad to be missing the over 200 tulips we planted last fall in our front garden! So, while we were away on our spring trip, I asked my friend Melissa Ellen to take some photos of our tulips. Melissa did a great job! I knew she would, as she does a wonderful job with photos of everything beautiful on her own blog, Melissa Ellen's Loft. If you are in need of some pretty ideas for your home, give her blog a look. Thanks to her for all of the beautiful photos in this post!!
Gardening in Pennsylvania could not be any better than in the month of May. I have done practically nothing with our garden this month (or in April), and it still looks spectacular. I was truly happy to get out there this week and get to pull a few weeds here and there, having been dirt deprived from my travels. So please, take a walk with me around our corner town garden; it is stuffed full of tulips and everything nice for May!
*See our Garden Map for the location of these garden areas.*
|The Hill Garden: a grand display of purple moss phlox, Phlox subulata, and Tulipa 'Apricot Impression'.|
|A few lily-flowered Tulipa 'China Pink' returned in this very well drained garden this year.|
|Another favorite, Tulipa 'Ballerina' in pots this year again. These also returned from last year quite nicely. I love her raspberry flames.|
|Tulipa 'Ballerina' is also fragrant!|
|Our purple moss phlox, Phlox subulata, which grew from a small hand full to covering this hillside after years of propagation.|
|More tulips on the front steps... Tulipa 'Apricot Impression' and Tulipa 'Ballerina'.|
|Walk a bit more down the sidewalk to see the Front Woodland.|
|Tulipa 'Red Impression' blooming with our forsythia in our curb-strip-turned-woodland garden.|
|Tulipa 'Red Impression' growing with clumps of dayliles (Hemerocallis) and Sedum 'Acre'.|
|Further down the walk is Cherry Corner garden, which is also planted up with Tulipa 'Apricot Impression' this month.|
|Our weeping cherry showering its petals for the season.|
|Narcissus 'Pink Charm', Tulipa 'Apricot Impression' and cobalt blue Muscari armenicum.|
|Muscari armenicum, has the scent of grapes which hints to you its common name: grape hyacinth.|
|Looking from the front yard path, you can see the same Tulipa 'Apricot Impression' also in the Front Walk.|
|One of the longest lasting tulip combinations in our gardens has been this one: Tulipa 'Shirley' and Tulipa 'Cum Laude'.|
|Another look at the Front Walk to the street corner. Here you can see the same tulip as above, as well as the copper spring foliage of Spirea 'Goldflame', white daisy-like Anemone blanda, and a few Tulipa 'Prinses Irene' peaking out.|
|View from the street corner. Tulipa 'Red Impression' is glowing away with a few forget-me-nots (Myosotis) about it.|
|The back of our property has a sloped area that we have transformed from un-mowable turf to a tapestry of ground covers. This spring I decided to plant in some Narcissus 'Thalia' to come out this month. It has been a fragrant joy! In this photo, you can also see that our Serviceberry trees (Amelanchier canadensis) did finally bloom with the flowers in our curb! We missed it, but thankfully Melissa took this so I could see it!|
|Underneath the white-blooming Serviceberry trees is a 226 square foot swath (21 sq. m) of these flowers: Anemone blanda 'White Splendour', Muscari 'Ocean Magic', Sedum 'Acre' and a few Sedum 'Frosty Morn' that will look lovely later in the season.|
|Muscari 'Ocean Magic' is a delightful little grape hyacinth that fade to white at its tip. Also, it does not put out its foliage until springtime, unlike the common Muscari armenicum. Sedum 'Acre' is the ground cover.|
|Another pretty tulip, this one from the backyard: Tulipa 'Angelique' with Lamium maculatum.|
Hope you enjoyed your walk around! Check in at May Dreams for more pretty May blooms.
And into Melissa Ellen's Loft for more pretty photos!