May has always been my very favorite month in the garden! I truly love walking amongst my perennials and herbs early each morning to discover the daily changes. Nature’s colors delight my creative heart and fill me with inspiration daily. It’s time to share a few May garden musings and memories…
Earlier this month, I spent a lovely day tidying up my Potting Bench. Oh, how I love this little corner of my 100-year-old garage! This one-car garage was built for the Model T Ford in 1922. The original family built this garage, added a pot belly stove, and lived in the garage while building the cozy, little bungalow that became my ‘Home Sweet Home’ thirty-six years ago.
Their old workbench became my Potting Bench soon after I moved in. The garage walls are paneled with wood from shipping containers. Freight trains carried these containers, filled with goods, across the country to Illinois. I often stop to read the stenciled names of the cities of origin on each panel and wonder what those wooden crates held. I love to tie back the curtain and savor the view of my old-fashioned cottage garden.
Our frost-free planting date here in Zone 5b is May 15th. We had several very cold nights in early May. So, this year I knew it was best to wait patiently before planting containers for our front porch and deck. I used the extra time to make a thoughtful shopping list of annuals and a few perennials.
When Spring planting day finally arrived, I excitedly made an early morning visit to a nearby garden center. Just a few steps from my car, I passed a beautiful container filled with a mix of pink and yellow annuals. Oh my! It stopped me in my tracks… and filled me with such JOY! So, my carefully planned shopping list stayed in my pocket as I filled my shopping cart with only pink and yellow flowers.💕 It was such fun to plant all of our containers with such happy colors!
🍃🌸🍃 What kind of gardener are you? Do you stay true to your plan or follow your heart when you are choosing new plants?
This month, I also made several early morning trips to our city’s free wood chip pile in a nearby park. These arborist chips always feel like my ‘reward’ for tidying up a garden bed. I fill my bags and pack them into my Subaru as I welcome Springtime into each perennial bed.
My Friendship Garden bed is filled with color this week. These plants have come from the gardens of dear friends. Sharing plants is one of the special joys of gardening! The peonies and tulips in this garden bed were already growing here when I became a gardener so long ago. Irises in bloom are a celebration of a very long friendship with a very special friend in Germany!
These tulips changed each and every day during their bloom cycle. It was so fascinating to watch them!
Daisies have always had a special place in my garden. However, this is the first year I have grown Gerbera daisies. Their large, cheery blossoms seem to follow the sun as it moves across my garden. I planted them near a bee bath and lavender in a sunny, new garden bed this Spring.
It’s been several years since I planted flower seeds in my garden. So, I scattered a few varieties in the new bed and am trying so hard to keep the seeds moist. Although May is typically our rainiest month, this year we are experiencing moderate drought conditions. We are almost 4 inches (10 cm) below our typical May rainfall. So, I have been hand watering daily as we wait for a rainy day.
Our peonies are putting on a lovely show this week. They have lived here even longer than I have!
Color, color everywhere… and it’s only just beginning!! I look forward to sharing this special year of gardening with you. Just wait until you see all of the changes coming! I have been digging, transplanting, sharing plants with friends and neighbors, and soon will have a BIG surprise in the garden to share. 🌸
In the meantime, I have a very important gardening question for you…
🍃🌸🍃 Do you ever talk to your plants while you are in the garden????
As I joyfully work in the garden, I always talk with the flowers, bunnies, robins, hummingbirds, bees, and even the noisy woodpecker in the neighbor’s tree. Just wondering if I am the only one?
Heartfelt thanks for stopping to visit today! 💕 Please let us know what’s happening in your garden this Spring. Are you trying anything new? Do you have a favorite gardening tip to share with us? We’d love to hear from you!