Monday, May 12, 2014

There's Always a Show-Off

 A few years ago someone gave me a piece of this yellow primula.  It had lots of blooms at the time, and I thought she was probably feeding it some fancy fish fertilizer . But no, it is just an overachiever. While my other primulas putter along with minimal flowering or perhaps die over the winter, this yellow primula and its divisions  always bloom profusely. 
 This little yellow Tarda tulip is much more subdued.  The leaves are more like scilla leaves than tulip leaves, and the blooms are only about 1 1/2 inches wide.   Looks very natural.

 I have been hearing and seeing a Baltimore oriole the last few days, but it is hard to get a picture of him as he loves to sit in the very top of the trees.  I've never had a nesting pair, and I keep hoping for one. I put out an orange on an oriole feeder, but he is not interested in it.  I did read, though, that as the spring progresses that orioles prefer insects as food as the extra protein helps to build up their strength.  We have lots of insects so perhaps he is enjoying a richer diet than fruit.

 On the subject of insects, my pulmonaria plants are abuzz with bumblebees.  If you would like to help out the wild bumblebees, I would suggest that you establish a patch of pulmonaria because the bees really, really like it. 

 What would spring be without a few tulips to brighten up the landscape?

I bought a few small size Wave petunia plants. I like the tidier habit of the smaller blooms (about 1" across), and I like the way their colour lightens as they fade.
What a lovely month May is!


  1. I love to see your different blooms that we dont get here in the tropics. That yellow and white tulip is most unusual, I love the colouring.

  2. The yellow primulas always seem to do better than their more colourful cousins but that one is a real beauty. Have never seen a tulip like that one. What a lovely month indeed!