An Executive Summary for May

  • Lockdown continues
  • Working from home keeps us surprisingly busy considering we’re home all day
  • Laziness could still be a factor in things not getting done
allium gladiator

The Potager Pandemic Project is progressing at a pitifully poor pace.  I will not share pictures until it looks a little better (Allium ‘Gladiator’)

  • Multiple harsh, late, freezes did in another year of wisteria blooms and damaged many early risers
  • Spring continues regardless
primula sieboldii

Surprisingly, Primula sieboldii continue to do well in a damp, part shade location.  I divided and moved a few in early spring and they haven’t complained a bit. 

  • I still love you spring
primula sieboldii

A range of seedling Primula sieboldii.  I’m pleased with how well they’ve done, obviously they’re not that hard to grow!

  • iris have been delayed and disfigured by the cold
  • lilacs have not
father fiala lilac

A selection of lilac flowers, mostly Father Fiala hybrids and older varieties.  

  • Older lilacs with names such as ‘Atheline Wilbur’, ‘Paul Thirion’, and ‘Marie Frances’ roll off the tongue in a way that ‘Bloomerang Dark Purple’ and ‘Pinky Winky’ never will
  • Have a wonderful week

10 comments on “An Executive Summary for May

  1. Your primroses are gorgeous! The late frost does not seem to have damaged anything at my house, but then, I don’t really have anything so very delicate. My allium are just starting to show a little pre-opening color. I planted a lot of new ones last fall. I cannot even begin to express how lazy I’ve been! I’ve also lost all concept of time. It’s as if time has stood still since March, which of course it hasn’t, but I just have a hard time realizing that yes, it is May, and the gardens need attention! It’s all so odd.

  2. Spring does continue no matter what. We are behind where we were two years ago as Facebook tells me I was arranging lilacs on this day, and they are a few days away from blooming this year. For such a mild winter it’s been a slow spring, which meant many plants escaped damaged from that polar freeze because they were not very far along. But I think we had our last frost Wednesday night, so–onward!

  3. susurrus says:

    How wonderful to see the different Primula sieboldii. The lilac is looking good too.

  4. Beautiful Primulas! While visiting southern Norway last summer I saw absolutely gorgeous Primula species and hybrids in an old friend’s garden (the friendship is old, not the friend). Wish I could grow them here, but dry oak/pine woodland in a warm climate does not a Primula paradise make. I have one P. sieboldii in my garden that is hanging in there but doesn’t bloom.

  5. Pauline says:

    I’ve just started growing Primula sieboldii from seed, they are beautiful flowers aren’t they. I’ve put some of them in the woodland and some in the drier end of the bog garden, hopefully they will be happy there, I’ll have to wait and see which area they like best.

  6. You always have so much blooming all the time. Late winter/spring was not good to my garden. I had several shrubs die to the ground. I lost one Witch Hazel. I thought they were indestructible. Primulas are a sweet bonus in the garden. My alliiums are all coming to an end. These 80 degree days that are moving in will accelerate the garden. Have a great weekend.

  7. Eliza Waters says:

    Your primula flowers look like snowflakes! It has been an odd spring with the wet/cold/warm fluctuations. Bad year for bearded iris here as well. My poeticus narcissi were setting up nicely, but the heat today may have changed that. I’m afraid to look.

  8. Cathy says:

    Lovely to see you have Alliums, Primulas and Lilacs all at the same time! Late frosts are a pain and always spoil something, but not seeing a wisteria bloom must be tragic. I have always fancied one, but the idea of waiting on tenterhooks each spring would be unbearable! Still, lots of lovelies to compensate. I wonder how long your lockdown will last. We are slowly opening up a few things here, but only with face masks which are unpleasant in the warmer weather and mean I am staying at home most of the time anyway… When it is over we gardeners might miss all this extra time we have had! 😉

  9. Primulas and lilacs! I used to live in Rochester, NY aka Flower City (originally Flour City) and they had a lilac festival that was a delight — and I wasn’t even a gardener then. Here, the UW-Madison Arboretum has a stunning lilac collection, but I am staying away. It’s too popular! How many specific Primula sieboldii did you start with to get such variation? I am only growing one and keep thinking about more. The problem is not a new plant obsession, but a lack of space to put more plants. Rain and suddenly hitting 80° have my garden looking good. I did have late frost damage on the foliage of my dwarf Ginkgoes. Hoping they recover.

  10. You need to conclude with a slide that says ACTION STEPS. You don’t need to list the steps, though. In my experience better to keep people guessing. Our May was cold and wet until just recently, then got all summery all of a sudden.

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