May Garden Flowers Around the Potting Shed

May Garden Flowers Around the Potting Shed | © #garden #shed #flowers #spring #roses

 Happy Wednesday!

Join me for a little stroll to see what’s in bloom around the Potting Shed. . . 

Tea Clipper Rose | © #garden #flowers #spring #roses

I have some flowers that would like to meet you!

May Garden Flowers Around the Potting Shed | © #garden #shed #flowers #spring #roses

Warning: Photo heavy post ahead, so grab a drink and get comfy!

May Garden Flowers Around the Potting Shed | © #garden #shed #flowers #spring #peonies #wisteria

An Amethyst Falls American Wisteria vine planted a couple of years ago is reaching new heights this spring!

Amethyst Fall Wisteria and birdhouse | © #garden #shed #flowers #spring #wisteria

 American wisteria is better suited for smaller spaces and grows at

about a third of the rate of Asian wisteria, which can be invasive in the Southern U.S.

The twining stems quickly reach 8 to 10 feet long and over time may reach 30 feet.

Amethyst Fall Wisteria by Potting Shed | © #garden #shed #flowers #spring #wisteria

The lightly fragrant purple blooms are heaviest in late spring,

repeating lightly in summer in full to partial sun.

It grows in USDA zones 5 – 9 (we’re 7b here in North Carolina).

Amethyst Fall Wisteria by Potting Shed | © #garden #shed #flowers #spring #wisteria

For new gardeners, a USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers

can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location.

 Salvia ‘May Night’ and Clematis | © #garden #flowers #spring

 Salvia ‘May Night’ and ‘Caradonna’ Salvia are in the blue – violet color palette and are bee attracters.

 Bees actually see color in the blue-violet spectrum better than other hues

so growing blue flowers is an easy way to attract them.

 Salvia ‘May Night’ and bee | © #garden #flowers #spring #bee

These easy-to-grow perennials thrive in full sun!

The deep purple flower spikes attract bees and butterflies and are deer resistant.

Deadheading and a little extra watering help ensure re-blooming.

 Salvia ‘May Night’ and bumble bee with pollen basket | © #garden #flowers #spring #bee

You can see the pollen basket on the female bumble bee in the above photo

which are exclusive to female / worker bees.

Workers and queens have two pollen baskets, one each on the outside surface of each hind leg.

The pollen basket when empty it is a large, flat shiny area with spiky hairs around the edge,

but appears yellow, orange or red, when filled with pollen.

 Salvia ‘May Night’ and bee | © #garden #flowers #spring #bee

There are more than 4,000 native bee species in the U.S. with over 500 species here in North Carolina.

Bees and other pollinators all need fresh water to drink.

Honey bees use water to regulate the temperature of the hive, feed young bees, and dilute stored honey.

 Salvia ‘May Night’ and Clematis | © #garden #flowers #spring #bee

A deep water source like a creek, lake or even birdbath puts bees at risk

of drowning or they serve as a food source for predators, as they can’t swim.

DIY Safe and Easy Bee Watering Station for Pollinators | © #DIY #bees #garden #flowers

You can provide a safe water source for the bees and other pollinators

in the garden with a DIY Bee Watering Station.

It’s easy, can serve as a focal point and decorative garden ornament

 or *bee* as simple as you like!

This concludes my public service announcement on behalf of the bees :) 🐝🐝🐝

Silver Anouk Spanish Lavender | © #garden #flowers #spring

Silver Anouk Spanish Lavender is drought tolerant and is deer and rabbit resistant.

This silver foliage lavender can take the summer heat and makes a pretty and fragrant

addition to your landscape in borders, rock gardens, or patio containers.

Clematis ‘Diamantina’ | © #garden #flowers #spring

This is the second year for Clematis ‘Diamantina’ to bloom.

Clematis ‘Diamantina’ | © #garden #flowers #spring

I was smitten with the purple-blue, double flowers when I spied it at the garden center!

They start out more pinkish-purple in color, with the blooms unfurling from a tight central ball

to multi-layered pom-pom, fading to a bluish-purple.

Clematis ‘Diamantina’ | © #garden #flowers #spring

I was amazed at the number of blooms and how long they have lasted. . .easily up to a month!

Clematis ‘Diamantina’ | © #garden #flowers #spring

Clematis ‘Diamantina’ prefers full sun to part shade.

For best results keep consistently watered, especially during blooming.

‘Diamantina’ is a Group 2B clematis and can be pruned in late winter or early spring before

new growth begins. Deadhead after the first wave of blooms to help promote new blooms.

Clematis ‘Diamantina’ | © #garden #flowers #spring

Popcorn Drift Rose | © #garden #flowers #spring #roses

Popcorn Drift Rose starts out yellow and fades to creamy white, reminiscent of buttery popcorn.

Popcorn Drift Rose and bee | © #garden #flowers #spring #roses #bee

It’s comparable to the family of Knock Out Roses in disease resistance and low-maintenance,

but smaller in size so ideal for small gardens or containers.

Popcorn Drift Rose and bee | © #garden #flowers #spring #roses #bee

Peony | © #garden #flowers #spring #peony

Common white and pink single petal peonies are the first varieties of peonies to bloom. . .

Peony | © #garden #flowers #spring #peony

Peony | © #garden #flowers #spring #peony

Single peonies are more open so bees can more easily access the pollen.

Peony and bee with pollen basket | © #garden #flowers #spring #peony #bee

Peony and bee with pollen basket | © #garden #flowers #spring #peony #bee

‘Sarah Bernhardt’ is one of my favorite peony varieties with pink

double blooms that resemble old-fashioned roses.

‘Sarah Bernhardt’ Peony | © #garden #flowers #spring #peonies

As well as ‘Festiva Maxima’ with white double flowers with crimson flecks.

‘Festiva Maxima’ Peony | © #garden #flowers #spring #peonies

The first flush of blooms of Earth Angel Rose is always a sight behold!

Earth Angel Rose | © #garden #flowers #spring #roses

Earth Angel Rose is a fragrant old-fashioned rose

with blooms varying in color from white to soft pink.

Earth Angel Rose | © #garden #flowers #spring #roses

It takes several bloom cycles to produce peony-shaped flowers.

Earth Angel Rose | © #garden #flowers #spring #roses

Tea Clipper Rose | © #garden #flowers #spring #roses

This is our first bloom cycle for Tea Clipper Rose. 

Tea Clipper is a David Austin Rose that’s apricot in color and fragrant with 3 1/2″ flowers.

Tea Clipper Rose | © #garden #flowers #spring #roses

I was thrilled to see the first blooms but they were reduced to petal confetti

with our strong winds and heavy rain last week.

Charles Darwin Rose | © #garden #flowers #spring #roses

This is the first bloom cycle with Charles Darwin, another David Austin Rose, planted last year.

I thought it was yellow so I had to look it up to see if I remembered the color incorrectly.

 It has a reputation for being inconsistent in color, emerging as yellow, apricot,

or cream with a blush of pink, depending on the weather.

You can see the difference in color from the above photo and the one below.

Charles Darwin Rose | © #garden #flowers #spring #roses

The first blooms were beautiful, pale cream with a hint of apricot

and then deeper apricot, but a far cry from yellow.

Bluebird on birdhouse and Earth Angel Rose | © #garden #flowers #spring #roses #bluebird

We’ve had some beautiful spring weather recently with sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s . . .

my favorite weather. . .bird-chirping weather!

May Garden Flowers Around the Potting Shed and window boxes planted for spring | © #garden #shed #flowers #spring #roses #windowbox

I’ve spent all my time outside gardening, planting window boxes and containers

and doing some long overdue touch up painting of the trim and stain on the shed.

Charles Darwin Rose | © #garden #flowers #spring #roses

Hope you’re enjoying some beautiful spring

weather and blooms where you are! ♥

The kiss of the sun for pardon, the song of the birds for mirth, one is nearer God’s heart in a garden, than anywhere else on earth. | © #garden #flowers #spring #roses

“The kiss of the sun for pardon,

The song of the birds for mirth,

One is nearer God’s heart in a garden

Than anywhere else on earth.”

~ Dorothy Frances Gurney

‘Sarah Bernhardt’ Peony | © #garden #flowers #spring #peonies

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May Garden Flowers Around the Potting Shed | © #garden #shed #flowers #spring #roses #peonies #bee

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  55 comments for “May Garden Flowers Around the Potting Shed

  1. Barbara
    May 11, 2022 at 6:40 am

    What a outstanding spring garden

    • May 12, 2022 at 8:02 am

      Thank you Barbara, it’s a labor of love! 🌸

  2. Rita C.
    May 11, 2022 at 6:49 am

    Woweek! You’ve made some beautiful choices in your garden, starting with the tamer wisteria. I am going to make a note of that Diamantina. It’s outstanding! I literally found a lonely clematis in one of my beds at this house and relocated it earlier in spring, but so far it’s just leafy. I thought I’d replace it with a jackmanni until now! 😉
    The Sarah Bernhardt is another variety I’d love to add to my peonies. If you recall, I received one from you the year before we downsized. 😔
    Your David Austin roses are beautiful! And I can imagine the fragrance from that old fashioned Earth Angel!
    It’s always a treat to read your garden posts for the details (of the bees too). I’ve been super busy in my little landscape too, and I suppose I’ll hear about this morning when I go for annual dermatology checkup!😵‍💫
    Thanks for the walkabout!

    • May 12, 2022 at 8:01 am

      Good Morning Rita! I would recommend a Diamantina if you can find one at the garden center…the blooms last and last, much longer than other clematis varieties do. Looking forward to reading a garden/landscape update from you. Hope your check up was a good one. ♥

  3. Sandi Allen
    May 11, 2022 at 7:00 am

    So Beautiful!! I have always loved seeing photos of your beautiful gardens! Thank you for sharing

    • May 12, 2022 at 7:59 am

      Thank you Sandi! Happy Thursday! 🌸

  4. Peggy Ott
    May 11, 2022 at 7:09 am

    Good Morning Mary! Wonderful walk thru your garden! I had just grabbed my morning coffee. Been doing the same and lots yet to do. The wonder of gardens, is the beauty you see differently every time, every season, with different colors and treasures found as we garden. Must look for some of those beauties you have and add one or two to my gardens. Love the Bee watering pot. Gave me a great idea for an old Gnome in my garden. Keep the colors coming Mary. With all that our world brings us every day, your post is so wonderful to read and relax with. Color the World!

    • May 12, 2022 at 7:59 am

      Thank you for your visit and sweet comment Peggy! Enjoy your spring blooms and have fun with your Gnome. 🌸 🐝

  5. Cindi
    May 11, 2022 at 7:30 am

    Absolutely gorgeous! I am so jealous with your blooming lavender. I am zone 7b (Virginia) also but no flowers on the lavender yet although my roses are doing great and the herb garden is starting to return. Last several nights of 40’s has not helped but hopefully those cold temps are gone. Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden. Peace.

    • May 12, 2022 at 6:52 am

      Thank you Cindi, We’ve had some roller coaster temperatures this spring too! I haven’t had any success with other varieties of lavender. Enjoy your roses! 🌹

  6. Michele
    May 11, 2022 at 7:59 am

    Your garden and blog are always spectacular! I have the same clematis and absolutly love it! Keep blooming for a long long time! I can’t stop taking photos of my flowers to try and preserve them!!!

    • May 12, 2022 at 6:50 am

      Isn’t a gorgeous clematis Michele? Thank you for your visit and sweet comment. Happy Gardening to you! 🌸

  7. Mary
    May 11, 2022 at 8:25 am

    You are amazing person with beautiful talent. The garden bursting with color and so much beauty to see.

    • May 12, 2022 at 6:49 am

      Thank you Mary {*blush*}. Happy Thursday! 🌸

  8. Susan Martin
    May 11, 2022 at 8:34 am

    Wonderful wonderful wonderful. Thank you for all the beautiful pictures. It is an inspiration for all of us to get out more and garden.

    • May 12, 2022 at 6:47 am

      Thank you for your sweet comment and visit Susan! Happy Gardening! 🌸🐝

  9. Donna
    May 11, 2022 at 9:10 am

    Beautiful, these photos are amazing. I feel like I just visited a garden center. Up close and personal, thank you so much.

    • May 12, 2022 at 6:44 am

      You’re so sweet Donna! Thank you for your visit and comment! 🌸

  10. May 11, 2022 at 9:13 am

    Good morning, Mary. Your blooms are amazing! I do love the wisteria and should plant it. Sarah Bernhardt is one of the prettiest of peonies. Walking through your garden this morning was just what I needed! Thank you for sharing your May garden flowers…Happy Wednesday!

    • May 12, 2022 at 6:42 am

      Thank you Pam! Enjoy your garden time, I see you’re on a warming trend, stay cool! ♥

  11. May 11, 2022 at 9:16 am

    It has been a while since I’ve seen the plantings around your shed. Everything looks spectacular!

    • May 12, 2022 at 6:43 am

      Thanks so much Jane! I hope you’re enjoying some beautiful spring weather. 🌸

  12. Christie
    May 11, 2022 at 9:18 am

    Just beautiful! Your so blessed.

    • May 12, 2022 at 6:39 am

      Thank you for your visit Christie, Happy Thursday! 🌸

  13. Debbie
    May 11, 2022 at 9:22 am

    Absolutely gorgeous!

    • Betsy
      May 11, 2022 at 10:25 am

      My favorite part of your garden is the variety of plantings with a little bit of everything, including bunnies! You have such an excellent green thumb and your garden is always thriving due to your attentive care. I’m looking forward to my trip to the local nursery this Friday…taking the SUV for maximum space! 😂

      • May 12, 2022 at 6:37 am

        Thanks so much Betsy, I hope you enjoy your day at the garden center! Happy Shopping and Planting! 🌸🌼🌹

    • May 12, 2022 at 6:38 am

      Thank you for your visit Debbie! 🌹

  14. Clara
    May 11, 2022 at 9:26 am

    Mary, Your garden is gorgeous! You have such a green thumb. Your roses and peonies are fabulous! Everything looks so lush and healthy. Happy Wednesday! Clara ❤️

    • May 12, 2022 at 6:34 am

      Thank you so much Clara! I hope you’re enjoying some beautiful blooms in your neck of the woods! 🌸

  15. May 11, 2022 at 10:16 am

    Heavenly, love a long, slow, leisurely garden walk! love your wisteria, too afraid to plant one here since they aggressively spread an acre or two away, but how I yearn for one! Love your bee station too, ok, loved the whole walk, off to my own garden walk!

    • May 12, 2022 at 6:34 am

      Thank you! I could stroll (scroll :) for hours touring your garden and roses! American Wisteria is not invasive unlike it’s Chinese cousin. It would be beautiful climbing one of your many tuteurs or arches. 🌸

  16. Cathy McCall
    May 11, 2022 at 11:06 am

    Your blooms are absolutely breath taking!

    • May 12, 2022 at 6:30 am

      Thank you so much Cathy! ♥

  17. aldampierverizonnet
    May 11, 2022 at 11:13 am

    Stunning! Love the wisteria. Will have to check and see if we are in a zone they would survive. Really enjoyed scrolling through all your beautiful blooms with my morning coffee. And going to go later in week to pick up the necessary items to make a Bee Watering Station to put near my roses. Like you, I got some planting done on our small front porch the end of last week. You totally made my morning, Mary. Thank you.

    • May 12, 2022 at 6:23 am

      Thank you for your visit and sweet comment Andree! I hope you have fun with your Bee Watering Station! 🐝

  18. Bonnie Morgan
    May 11, 2022 at 3:35 pm

    Your garden is amazing. All your garden is so very beautiful! Delightful tour!

    • May 12, 2022 at 6:14 am

      Thank you so much Bonnie! I hope your enjoying some beautiful weather in your neck of the woods. ♥

  19. May 11, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    Oh my, Mary! I know Fall is your favorite season, but your yard and garden is so spectacular in the Spring, that I’m just swooning from all the beauty. You really have a way with flowers, shrubs, vines, and creating beautiful areas. Thanks for sharing this with us. 🥰

    • May 12, 2022 at 8:03 am

      Thank you so much Kitty! I hope you’re enjoying some beautiful spring weather by your waterfall. ♥

  20. May 11, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    Mary, such a joy to visit and take in all of your pretty flowers. Love the DIY bee watering station. Our bees are always by the lavender and rosemary. I think I need some Salvia. The color is explosive and beautiful. The wisteria is always a favorite. Your potting shed is so pretty. Thanks for sharing your own piece of paradise.

    • May 12, 2022 at 6:14 am

      Thank you so much Linda! I know you must be loving this time of year and the blooms at your “resort”. :) ♥

    May 11, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    Mary, your walkabout was absolutely gorgeous! Your flowers are so beautiful and you have captured all their glory with your pictures! So nice to see when our snow has just gone and now it is raining! This year, we have had winter for 6 months and now we have overland flooding in lots of the rural areas. It has been a year like we have never experienced. Our river here has overflowed its banks and we have dykes and bridge closures everywhere. We look forward to warmer weather and lots of wind to dry up all the flooded fields.

    How we look forward to being able to plant some beautiful flowers. Your gorgeous yard was such a blessing to see. Thanks, so much, for sharing your gorgeous blooms today — just so gorgeous! We often wish we lived in your wonderful part of the world instead of here in Canada. Hopefully, this year we will be able to get away to South Padre Island Texas for 6 months! We just love wintering there!

    Thanks, again, Mary, for sharing your gorgeous pictures with us!

    • May 12, 2022 at 6:06 am

      Thank you Mary Ann! So sorry about your extended winter, that’s how I feel about summer here, our spring is very brief! Hope you will dry up and be able to get away to South Padre Island. Thank you for your visit. ♥

  22. Cyndi Raines
    May 12, 2022 at 1:39 am

    Absolutely an awesome garden tour! Very lovely and inspiring. All of your hard work Mary has paid off and is a site to behold. I was walking my yard today and was thrilled at the Tulip Tree in full bloom along with the daffodils, hyacinth and tulips. Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden.

    • May 12, 2022 at 6:04 am

      Thank you so much Cyndi! It’s a labor of love but my gardening muscles are complaining after working the past few days. :) ♥

  23. May 12, 2022 at 8:22 am

    Mary, you are my inspiration!!! I love the idea of placing stones in the bird bath….I shall do that right away…We visited our local Wild Bird Center and adding more bird feeders to the yard. My yard is a blank canvas and need to really plan more time in gardening. I am so excited that my Sarah Bernhardt peony is blooming…I did a little “scream” when I saw the buds…my hubby thought I got bit by a bee or something! This is a post that I am bookmarking!!! Been in love with your Potting Shed forever! Thank you for bringing us joy!!

  24. May 12, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    *sigh*…so beautiful Mary! Do your neighbors beg for cuttings? I love your safe bee watering station, I always rescue bees when they land in our pool… Happy gardening!

  25. May 12, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    Mary, goes without saying how delightful this post is to me. Every single petal! You seriously have an amazing green thumb, and your time and talents are reflected in this beautiful bounty on your lake side property. A sight to behold! Happy May!!!

    • May 13, 2022 at 7:29 am

      Thank you Sarah! Gardening is a labor of love as you well know! May and June are the months the garden shines. Once the humidity and heat collide and move into the sweltering range in July and August, everything starts to fade, including me. :) Thank you for your visit and sweet email. Doggie kisses to sweet Sadie. ♥

  26. Pamela
    May 14, 2022 at 10:02 am


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