May days are a wonder in the garden. It seems that each day there is something else budding, blooming, or fading away.
A few posts ago, I featured the gradual blooming of the first peony.
This is that same peony today.
I, of course, am reminded of the Bette Davis classic, All About Eve. This particular peony is my Margo Channing, withered, aging, and past her prime. And there, just behind her and looking over her shoulder is Eve Harrington — waiting in the wings for her chance to step onto the stage.
As Margo so beautifully uttered in the 1950 film: “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.”
Or a bumpy garden — hopefully, Eve Harrington has heard of karma. There are plenty of young starlets in the chorus, all hoping for their big chance. Here is a Weeping Korean Dogwood, one of the slowest growing trees I have ever met.
A close-up of the blossom.
The first Candytuft flower, started from seed.
Impatiens, also started from seed.
“Wine and Roses” Weigela.
The Gaillardia are two years old, started from seed last year.
I’ve waited years for the Climbing Hydrangea to bloom. This is my first year with flowers.
A few years ago, I couldn’t pass up this double Azalea.
This miniature Lilac is small, but it packs a fragrant punch.
The perfect ending to a May day is “May Night” Salvia . . .
. . . surrounded by Heuchera “Palace Purple” and a lawn in desperate need of a May mowing.