Flowers of May

Otherwise known as, why spring is my favorite time of year, hands down.

First, my front flower bed.

Blue lithodora, pink/purple thyme, yellow sedum, round-leaved cranesbill.
Blue lithodora, pink/purple thyme, yellow sedum, cranesbill seedlings, iris foliage, a lavender creeping campanula, and the last creeping phlox blossoms.

This is at the very front end of my flower bed.   I love the tapestry this has become.

The mama round-leaved cranesbill, and Tiny Rubies dianthus.
The mama round-leaved cranesbill, and Tiny Rubies dianthus.

This is about halfway down the bed to my front door.  The ferny foliage in the upper lefthand corner is threadleaf coreopsis, and the tall spiky plants in the upper center are lilies.

The only iris that bloomed this year, alas.
The only iris that bloomed this year, alas.

And, no, I don’t have his name.  But isn’t he gorgeous?

This is the backyard.

Hosta and coral bells -- if I ever knew the variety names, I don't anymore.
Hosta and coral bells — if I ever knew the variety names, I don’t anymore.

Another cool combination.

Whoa, Nelly.  Nelly Moser clematis climbing the fence and the vine maple.
Whoa, Nelly. Nelly Moser clematis climbing the fence and the vine maple.

This was a tiny seedling about six years ago.  Those flowers are bigger than my hand.

The purple clematis (no variety name, alas).
The purple clematis (no variety name, alas).

This was the clematis I thought I’d dug up a couple of years ago.  Apparently I missed some root fragments.  I figure if it survived that, it deserves to stay.

Columbines are supposed to be blue.  I also have a yellow and a white that aren't in bloom yet.
Columbines are supposed to be blue. I also have a yellow and a white that aren’t in bloom yet.

I love columbines.

And that is May in my garden this year.  Well, except for the bleeding heart that ate New York, but something fell on it and crunched part of it, so it’s not looking so great right now, alas.  It is still blooming, however.