Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day & Foliage Follow-Up May 2019: Blooms Everywhere!

Welcome to my Garden!
Welcome to my garden! Out of all the gardening months, I must say that May is one of my favorites. In the past couple of weeks with temperatures in the upper 50’s to mid-upper 60’s and frequent rain, the garden has come to life once again with bright new foliage emerging and blooms everywhere. Come along and stroll with me in my Long Island May garden.
One of the most exciting and unexpected blooms in the garden right now are the blooms of this Hellebore I planted two years ago. It was small when I got it and it never really did anything but struggle to stay alive. While all the other Hellebores bloomed during the winter months, I was surprised to see this one just producing its first blooms!
Garden Gal with Kitty
Strolling around the corner to the side pool garden are the Girard’s Fuchsia Azalea with their brilliant blooms right on schedule. They provide a colorful backdrop behind Garden Gal and her kitty.
Kwanzan Cherry 
Here is the the maturing Kwanzan Cheery tree which is going on its third year in the garden. I cannot get over just how beautiful and magnificent the blooms are on this tree, and could gaze at them forever. I just wish the flowers would last longer, but I’ll enjoy the show for now!

Kwanzan Cherry Blossom
Here are the delicate pink blooms up close.
South Garden
In the south garden with the Kwanzan, you can see the Rhododendron are forming their buds and that there are more Gerard’s Fuschia Azaleas blooming. The Nepeta is expanding by the day with all the rainfall and should be blooming soon. 
Allium Globemaster in Pool Garden
I enjoy seeing the Allium Globemaster getting taller by the day and forming their buds, which will open in late May to early June. ‘Limemound’ Spirea, Weeping Japanese Maple and ‘Stella D Oro’ Daylily can be seen in the backdrop with all their new foliage!
West Garden
As we stroll around the backside of the pool garden you can view the Golden Skyland’s Spruce going on its third year with Rhododendron and Azalea.
Azalea Girard’s ‘Fuschia;
Here are the Azalea up close!
Ajuga, Heuchera and Sedum Foliage and Bloom Combo
If you have visited my gardens before, you are familiar with this combo of Ajuga ‘Burgundy Glow’, Heuchera ‘Caramel’ and Sedum ‘Brilliant’, which is prominent every spring. Salvia ‘May Night’ is also in the planting, which provides the purple touch later on once the Ajuga is done.
Perennial Border
It wouldn’t be Bloom Day without visiting the Perennial Border. Here it is in spring mode with Peony, Salvia, Lamb’s Ear, Astilbe, Daylily, Hosta and Echinacea, Next month the blooms will be at their peak!
Heuchera and Sedum
Here is another look at the foliage of Heuchera ‘Caramel’ and Sedum ‘Brilliant’ together.
Driveway Border
Heading towards the driveway border on the southeastern side of the property is the mature Skyland’s Golden Oriental Spruce, now eleven years on the property since it was planted back in 2008 in memory of my mom.
Pier Garden
Next to the spruce is Coral Bark Maple ‘Sango Kaku’ with Nepeta, Coreopsis, Golden Dwarf Hinoki Cypress and Boxwood. I love the brand new foliage on the Maple!
Weeping Norway Spruce, Spirea, Garden Juniper and Heuchera
On the other side of the driveway planting is Weeping Norway Spruce with Spirea ‘Magic Carpet’, Japanese Garden Juniper, ‘Purple Palace’ Coral Bells and Variegated Iris. Follow along to the eastern area of the front yard. Here are the two weeping Japanese Maples that are each over twenty years old.
Front Lawn: Weeping Japanese Maples
The green variety is ‘Viridis’ and spans fifteen feet in diameter and reaches about eight feet in height. The red variety is smaller at about ten feet in diameter and six feet tall. I realize their true size when they tower above me while standing next to them!
Back North Garden
As we come full circle to the back gardens, you can get a glimpse of another Weeping Norway Spruce along with a Dwarf White Pine and Blue Globe Spruce. I am known to be a huge fan of dwarf and ornamental evergreens as stables in the design of the garden.
Back Garden Island
Here is a Dwarf Compact Hinoki Cypress (Hinoki Compacta ‘Nana’) in the back raised island bed. You can now get a full view the entire area we visited before with the combination of Ajuga, Heuchera and Sedum.
Strawberries in Herb Garden

Last, but not least is a new variety of strawberry from Proven Winners, known as ‘Berried Treasure’. It displays these lovely reddish-pink blooms before the strawberries. I get just as much enjoyment from the flowers as I do from the delicious fruit!

Thanks for stopping by!

May Garden

I hope you enjoyed your stroll through my May garden. Special thanks go out to our hostess Carol at May Dreams Gardens, who makes it possible to see blooms on the 15th of every month with her meme Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Also, special thanks to Pam Penick at Digging who has hosted Foliage Follow-Up for all these years, a meme I will still continue to honor. I am also linking with some other wonderful hosts and hostesses at Floral Friday Fotos, Macro Monday 2, Mosaic Monday at Letting Go of the Bay Leaf, Nature Notes at Rambling WoodsDishing It & Digging It on Sunday with Angie the Freckled RoseImage-in-ing weekly photo share every Tuesday with NC Sue and Gardens Galore Link Up Party every other Monday with Everyday Living. I am also happy to join the Homestead Blog Hop on Wednesdays.

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