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Stars of the Yard For May, 2013

By May 17, 2013

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As a baseball fan, I sometimes have mixed feelings about a game that my team is winning by a lopsided margin. picture of flowering quince bush branchOne side of me revels in the joys of the moment, but the other side of me wishes that we could somehow "save some of those runs" for the next game, when every run might well turn out to be precious.

I have similar feelings about May in the landscape. May is a "blowout" month for floral display in my yard. And while I'm enjoying every moment of it, I can't help but wish that I could somehow save up a bit of this floral abundance, turning it loose at some future time of my own choosing.

In fact, I have so many May "stars of the yard" to report on that I'm going to hold back on telling you about a few of them: they'll still be blooming in June, so I'll include them in my report for that month, instead. Two more plants that I'm withholding from my list -- because they are too difficult to control -- but that are contributing to the smorgasbord of the senses that is my landscape right now are bugleweed and lily-of-the-valley.

But without further ado, here are my stars for May:

How about you? Vote in my poll and let us know what plants are shining most brightly in your own yard right now.


May 23, 2011 at 5:45 pm
(1) CC Scarbrough says:

I live in Georgia. Dogwoods, azaleas, rhododendron and irises are past. They were glorious. The peonies were stunning. They are finishing up. Sort of a lull in my garden. Got a few Asian lilies, scabiosa, and a yellow daylily blooming with verbena, coreopsis and some annuals. June is my month after April. I will have gorgeous daylilies, butterfly bush, rudbeckia, garden phlox, several kinds of daisies and the annuals will have flushed. Can’t wait.

May 23, 2011 at 5:48 pm
(2) landscaping says:

Thanks for the landscaping report from Georgia, CC!

May 13, 2012 at 11:29 pm
(3) Denton Landscaping says:

I wish all these grew in TX! The only thing I get growing consistently for my customers is Columbine.

May 31, 2012 at 11:02 am
(4) Marjorie says:

[Editor's note: I assume the following comment was intended to be partially tongue-in-cheek.] Gardener’s wisdom: if you find a thing on the end of your pitchfork, it is doubtless not a marshmallow; no, it is your toe. So don’t wear sandals when you are using a pitchfork. Ever use a garden hose to figure out an outline for a new garden bed? Well, if you’ve been wearing sandals to do your pitchfork-work, you’ll be marking that outline with blood, not paint! On a less scary note, understand that you when you tear up your sod, you shouldn’t throw it away: it has fantastic nutrients in it. Instead, chop it up into small pieces and compost it.

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