Around The Potting Shed: May Garden Blooms

May garden blooms around The Potting Shed #garden #flowers #shed #spring ©

I hope you’re having a good week!

We’re warming up to the mid 80s with the humidity creeping up,

but we’ve had the most gorgeous spring weather until recently

with cool crisp mornings and highs in the low to mid 70s . . .

Bird chirping weather! #birdhouse #bird #garden #flowers #shed #spring ©

Otherwise known as bird-chirping weather!

Mockingbird at bird bath #bird #garden #flowers #shed #spring ©

I’ve been MIA online lately, spending all my time in the garden

 buzzing around the flowers . . .

Honey bee on salvia #bee #garden #flowers #shed #spring ©

. . .Weeding, mulching, planting and potting!

And I’m sharing what’s in bloom around The Potting Shed.

Note: This is a photo heavy post, so grab a drink and get comfy!

Amethyst Falls American Wisteria #garden #flowers #shed #spring ©

We planted an Amethyst Falls American Wisteria vine a few years ago

to climb one of the posts of the Potting Shed.

Amethyst Falls American Wisteria #garden #flowers #shed #spring ©

The American wisteria is better suited for smaller spaces,

growing at about a third of the rate of Asian wisteria.

Amethyst Falls American Wisteria #garden #flowers #shed #spring ©

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

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 Falls American Wisteria and birdhouse garden #garden #flowers #shed #spring ©

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.

You can look up your hardiness zone by zipcode, here.

Honey bee on salvia #bee #garden #flowers #shed #spring ©

We planted blue / violet flowers specifically for the bees as

they see color in the blue-violet spectrum better than other hues.

 Salvia and clematis in bloom #garden #flowers #shed #spring ©

Salvia ‘May Night’ is an easy-to-grow perennial that thrives in full sun!

Honey bee on salvia #bee #garden #flowers #shed #spring ©

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

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

Pollen basket on bumble bee and salvia #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 is a large, flat shiny area with spiky hairs around the edge,

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

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

This is our third year for Clematis ‘Diamantina’ to bloom.

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

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

May garden blooms around The Potting Shed #garden #flowers #shed #spring #birdhouse #roses #clematis #peonies #salvia ©

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

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

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

Clematis ‘Diamantina’ prefers full sun to part shade and is hardy in USDA zones 4 – 9.

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.

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

Deadhead spent blooms and prune right after first flush of blooms

to encourage a second bloom in late summer to early fall,

pruning back some stems one-third to one-half by cutting to large buds

or a strong side shoot immediately below the spent blooms.

Popcorn Drift Rose #garden #flowers #rose #shed #spring ©

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

Drift roses are 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 #garden #flowers #rose #shed #spring ©

The first bloom of Pink Double Knock Out Rose is the most floriferous!

Pink Double Knock Out Rose #garden #flowers #rose #shed #spring ©

They’re fast-growing, long-blooming and drought and heat tolerant.

While Rose Rosette Disease (RRD) can infect Knock Out Roses,

they themselves did not spread it. You can read about it here.

Pink Double Knock Out Rose #garden #flowers #rose #shed #spring ©

I always eagerly await peony season which is usually early to mid-May in our zone 7b garden,

 in North Carolina.

Single peonies are more open so bees can easily access the pollen garden #flowers #bee #peonies #shed #spring ©

Peonies like the cold winters in USDA zones 3 through 7.

Common white and pink single petal peonies are the first varieties to bloom #flowers #bee #peonies #shed #spring ©

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

Single peonies are more open so bees can easily access the pollen garden #flowers #bee #peonies #shed #spring ©

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

Single peonies are more open so bees can easily access the pollen garden #flowers #bee #peonies #shed #spring ©

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

double blooms that resemble old-fashioned roses.

‘Sarah Bernhardt’ peony #garden #flowers #peony #shed #spring ©

Peonies can thrive and bloom for 100 years if planted properly.

 Most newly planted peonies take at least 3 years to produce a good show of flowers.

‘Sarah Bernhardt’ peony #garden #flowers #peony #shed #spring ©

Peonies don’t like to be moved, so choose a location with care;

avoiding planting them under large trees or shrubs, which compete for nutrients and water.

Plant them where they can get at least six hours of full sun a day.

They’ll also appreciate some afternoon shade in the hot and sunny southern US.

‘Sarah Bernhardt’ peony growing through obelisk to support the heavy blooms #garden #flowers #peony #shed #spring ©

Removing the spent blooms on the peonies and seed pods to help the plant

put more energy into root development for next year’s flowers.

A little 5-10-5 fertilizer sprinkled around the base of the plant after deadheading will help too.

‘Sarah Bernhardt’ peony growing through obelisk to support the heavy blooms by The Potting Shed #garden #flowers #peony #shed #spring ©

When cutting peonies in the garden, resist the urge to cut them all.

The Earth laughs in Flowers garden pole and peonies in bloom #garden #flowers #peony #shed #spring ©

You want to leave as much foliage as possible on the plant and limit your bouquet

to one-fourth to one-third of the stems in bloom,

as peonies rely on their foliage to replenish food stores for their blooms the following year.

Window boxes by The Potting Shed planted with sun loving annuals #garden #flowers #windowbox #shed #spring ©

The window boxes were planted with an assortment of sun-loving annuals after our frost date in mid April.

They’re filled with petunias, pentas, Blackie sweet potato vine and coleus.

Window boxes by The Potting Shed planted with sun loving annuals #garden #flowers #windowbox #shed #spring ©

The colorful foliage of the coleus will be showy through late summer

and into fall when the flowers fade.

Privet in bloom by The Potting Shed #garden #flowers #shed #spring ©

Japanese Privet blooms here in early May.

Japanese privet is considered invasive in the southern U.S.

 and springs up from seeds carried by birds that spread the plant.

Honey bee on privet blooms #garden #bee #flowers #shed #spring ©

Privet preceded us and was already established when we bought our property 20 years ago.

 I haven’t noticed it spreading over the years, but I still wouldn’t go out and buy it to plant.

Cutting the privet flowers helps eliminate potential reseeding.

Bumble bee on privet blooms #garden #bee #flowers #shed #spring ©

In the plus column, privet has a sweet fragrance and the bees love it.

Privet in bloom by The Potting Shed #garden #flowers #shed #spring ©

Last but not least, Mother of Pearl Rose is a type of Grandiflora rose,

introduced in the United States in 2007.

Mother of Pearl Rose #garden #flowers #rose #shed #spring ©

Its winter hardiness and high resistance to black spot make

it a popular rose for both cooler and hot and humid climates.

Mother of Pearl Rose #garden #flowers #rose #shed #spring ©

. The buds open to peachy-pink blooms approximately 3.5” in diameter,

with medium to large, full petals.

Mother of Pearl Rose #garden #flowers #rose #shed #spring ©

Mother of Pearl Rose and birdhouse #garden #flowers #rose #shed #spring ©

Mother of Pearl Rose was planted in 2016, received as a gift from friends in memory

of my mother-in-law, Betty, when she passed away.

Garden bouquet in vintage pitcher with roses, bachelor buttons and viburnum #garden #flowers #rose #shed #spring ©

 { Monday Morning Garden Blooms and Mother of Pearl Rose }

A beautiful and timely reminder as it blooms around Mother’s Day every year.

Mother of Pearl Rose in loving memory #garden #flowers #rose #shed #spring ©

May is Garden for Wildlife Month.

May is Garden for Wildlife Month! Create a wildlife habitat in your backyard and plant with a purpose to support wildlife #poliinators #flowers #garden #bees #birds #butterflies

Whether you’re a gardening novice with a small balcony or a gardening veteran

with a few acres, you can provide for local wildlife by planting with purpose.

Found out more, HERE.

 “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 #rose #shed #spring ©

“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

May garden blooms around The Potting Shed #garden #flowers #shed #spring #birdhouse #roses #clematis #peonies #salvia ©

What’s blooming in your garden?

Pink Double Knock Out Rose #garden #flowers #rose #shed #spring ©

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May garden blooms around The Potting Shed #garden #flowers #shed #spring #birdhouse #roses #clematis #peonies #salvia ©

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  54 comments for “Around The Potting Shed: May Garden Blooms

  1. May 12, 2023 at 6:58 am

    Beautiful post and wonderful way to start a pretty spring day. Thanks.

    • May 12, 2023 at 6:52 pm

      Thank you!

  2. Maureen
    May 12, 2023 at 7:15 am

    Mary, you have a beautiful garden and you have thoughtfully planted your shrubs and plants. I learned a lot this morning by reading this post. Thank you for sharing!!!!!!

    • May 12, 2023 at 6:55 pm

      Thank you for visit and comment Maureen! Happy Weekend ♥

  3. Gail
    May 12, 2023 at 7:38 am

    All gorgeous. Those double blooming clematis are beyond lovely
    Hope you’ve had fun buzzing around your lush garden

    • May 12, 2023 at 6:57 pm

      Thanks so much for your visit and comment Gail! Happy Weekend ♥

  4. Barbara
    May 12, 2023 at 7:56 am

    Amazing color and beauty, what a joy to see your garden at it’s high point

    • May 12, 2023 at 7:02 pm

      Thank you Barbara! Yes, the first flush of blooms is always the best, it’s down hill from here :) Enjoy your weekend ♥

  5. Mary
    May 12, 2023 at 8:00 am

    Flowers are for sharing even if it’s photos! Thanks for sharing🌺

    • May 12, 2023 at 7:02 pm

      Thank you so much Mary, Happy Weekend ♥

  6. May 12, 2023 at 8:27 am

    Gorgeous blooms in your garden. It does take time to maintain a garden, dead heading, trimming, etc. how wonderful you are sharing the names of your garden blooms. May is a lovely time of year when plants come to life. Your roses, vines and those peonies are gorgeous.The weather here is also warming up. I spent the morning with Jain from A Quiet Life blog touring her gorgeous gardens. Amazing Iris, 🌹 roses, fruit trees and so much more. We live 15 minutes from each other. Definitely eye candy for gardeners. Also another neighbor has a flower farm where she grows peonies.

    • May 12, 2023 at 7:03 pm

      What a treat for you to see Jain’s gorgeous garden in person Linda, I’m green with envy! :) Wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day weekend. ♥

      • May 12, 2023 at 7:10 pm

        Thank you Mary. Happy Mother’s Day weekend to you as well.🤗

  7. Hetty
    May 12, 2023 at 8:44 am

    Heavenly post and so full of information! Off to find Clematis Diamantina . . . I’m hooked

    • May 12, 2023 at 7:04 pm

      Thank you for your visit and comment Hetty! You would love a Clematis Diamantina, happy shopping. ♥

  8. Mary Anne
    May 12, 2023 at 9:01 am

    Mary…thank you for you joy you bring to so many each day…your ideas and recipes are unbelievable and inspire so many of us! Keep on keeping on.

    • May 12, 2023 at 7:05 pm

      Thank you for your sweet comment and high praise Mary Anne! Happy Weekend.♥

  9. Cindi
    May 12, 2023 at 9:06 am

    Oh so beautiful and what a joy to view. Words can’t describe how beautiful your gardens are. I just planted three peony plants….I had them at my second of five homes but left there in 1985…oh the years go by so fast. I also planted May night salvia..can’t wait for blooms. Peace.

    • May 12, 2023 at 7:08 pm

      Thank you Cindi, I know you’re anxiously awaiting the blooms! Hope you’re enjoying some beautiful spring weather ♥

  10. May 12, 2023 at 9:19 am

    So many incredible and beautiful blooms Mary, you’re hard work is rewarding you with a gorgeous display! Your green thumb creates magic in your garden!

    • May 12, 2023 at 7:10 pm

      Thank you Jenna! Wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day weekend. I hope you’re enjoying a beach getaway. ♥

  11. Kathy Menold
    May 12, 2023 at 9:21 am

    Mary, lovely to have my coffee outside and go on your garden tour. Everything looks so good in your garden. My Peonies are still in bloom but the end is near with storms forecast for this weekend. I have a lovely stand of yellow bog iris blooming in front of a unknown variety of orange rose and my catmint is going strong as a border plant. Clematis and climbing roses on an arbor are a nice focal point and next week should have some early daylilies blooming. Life is good. Enjoy your weekend. . Kathy

    • May 12, 2023 at 7:12 pm

      Thank you Kathy! It sounds lovely, I know you’re enjoying your garden blooms! Happy Weekend ♥

  12. May 12, 2023 at 9:27 am

    Your gardens are amazing! Since we live with corn/bean fields in the front and the back, we have to wait until they do their spraying, etc to plant annuals…if I don’t they could get scarred or stunted or die…therefore, still don’t have anything blooming. I do have some plants up and ready to bloom…like peonies, clematis’, my lilac bush, etc. most of these are safely away from the danger of spray. And, it has just warmed up. Otherwise, ground was still too cold to plant. I don’t plant until Mother’s Day or after anyway! That’s supposed to be the safe time! Thanks for sharing your gardens. I’m soooo ready!!

    • May 12, 2023 at 7:29 pm

      Thank Ellen, I now you are! Happy Weekend ♥

  13. Clara
    May 12, 2023 at 9:50 am

    Mary, Your landscaping is gorgeous! The colorful post near your peonies that says the earth laughs in flowers is so pretty! I really like it. The info you provide is always helpful. I really enjoyed this post. Happy Friday! Clara❤️

    • May 12, 2023 at 7:30 pm

      Thank you so much for your visit and sweet comment Clara! Happy Weekend ♥

  14. May 12, 2023 at 11:08 am

    Such an informative post with beautiful pictures. You are SO lucky to live in the right zone to grow peonies. The shed is so cute. I love your posts about it!

    • May 12, 2023 at 7:30 pm

      Thank you so much for your visit and comment Robin! Happy Weekend ♥

  15. Debbie
    May 12, 2023 at 11:09 am

    Everything looks beautiful. I love your garden. Thank you for sharing.

    • May 12, 2023 at 7:33 pm

      Thanks so much for your visit and comment Debbie, Happy Weekend! ♥

  16. Pam
    May 12, 2023 at 11:28 am

    Mary, it is evident how you work hard and long in order to maintain your gorgeous garden. I love every bloom…roses, peonies, clematis! We were late planting annuals and seeds because of our colder nights and rain. Thank you for beautiful flower therapy and Happy Friday 🌸🌺💜

    • May 12, 2023 at 8:09 pm

      Thank you Pam! I hope you had a fun birthday celebration with EM, Happy Weekend ♥

  17. Linda L Hovgaard
    May 12, 2023 at 11:43 am

    When I opened this post I feel like it was a gift for Mother’s Day from you. I feel like that when I open ALL your posts! I love seeing what is blooming in your garden, the beautiful photos (that I heavily pin) and the wonderful information that accompanies the photos. Yesterday I spent an entire day and well into the evening at my Mom’s place revamping her flower beds and patio flowers. She lives in an apartment in a care center in a small town in Oregon appropriately named Mt. Angel. It is located in the Willamette Valley in a beautiful country area that is like heaven on earth. I loaded my large SUV to the max with 6 cu ft. of potting soil, 4-5 gallon buckets of mulch, tools and 30-40 plants and flowers (some of which I grew from seed) and drove the 1 1/2 hour drive to her place. Her apartment is situated by a huge old tree and at one time the beds were landscaped with rocks. So all day I dug up roots and rocks, composted and planted perennials. I moved large landscape pavers and planted lots of pots for the patio. I took her the most gorgeous pink and green double fuschia and a tall plant stand to set it in. My Mom was thrilled and can enjoy her patio all summer. It is such a good feeling to give her the gift of a Garden. And all the residents at the care center too who walked by and thanked me all day long. This is probably the best tired and sore I’ve been in a long time…lol!

    • May 12, 2023 at 8:24 pm

      Linda, You’re so sweet, what a wonderful gift you provided! I know your mom and her residents are thrilled to benefit your hard work, planting and flowers! We’ve always wanted to visit Willamette Valley, it’s on our bucket list. Wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day weekend. ♥

  18. Dorinda Selke
    May 12, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Mary ~ The colors in your garden are stunning. I think I could sit there all day in the shade with a glass of iced tea and my book and be very content and happy. Your thumb is beyond green ! Hugs, Dorinda

    • May 12, 2023 at 8:25 pm

      Thank you for your sweet comment and visit Dorinda! Wishing you a Happy Weekend ♥

  19. May 12, 2023 at 3:40 pm

    I’m always so jealous of your gorgeous flowers this time of year, because we are so far behind your growing season. The peonies and the purple is simply divine, and it all must smell heavenly. Such a joy to see your blog posts! Thank-you, Sandi

    • May 12, 2023 at 8:26 pm

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment and visit Sandi! Wishing you a happy weekend. ♥

  20. May 12, 2023 at 3:56 pm

    Such a lovely post filled with all your gorgeous spring blooms!
    I always enjoy seeing your potting shed. Thank you!

    • May 12, 2023 at 8:34 pm

      Thank you so much Nancy! Wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day weekend ♥

  21. May 12, 2023 at 5:17 pm

    SO gorgeous…seems to be at the pinnacle of gorgeousness. Lovely colors and such beautiful blooms. I truly think I could live very happily in your potting shed. Ha! Thanks for sharing your garden.

  22. May 12, 2023 at 8:36 pm

    Thank you so much for your visit and comment! Wishing you a Happy Weekend ♥

  23. Michele M.
    May 13, 2023 at 12:07 am

    Oh, Mary – you are such an amazing gardener! This post was just what I needed to get myself to the landscaping store and plant some more color. Your flowers are absolutely amazing – and a huge inspiration!

    Funny, I planted salvia years ago and it did well and then kinda just didn’t do well anymore. Now I know why. My trees grew fast and they’re too shaded. See? Always learn something new everyday. Thank you!!

  24. May 13, 2023 at 10:13 am

    Oh dearest Mary, what a wonderful way to sit here with my cup of tea and scroll through all the beauty that you’ve been working on and shared. The Mother of Pearl Rose is such a lovely reminder of your dear MIL, Betty, and such a thoughtful gift from your friends. Thank you for all the joy you bring to our souls! ❤️💐❤️

  25. Ginny Wellmaker
    May 14, 2023 at 6:07 pm

    Mary, this post is perfect for a Mother’s Day full of blossoms! I can appreciate that you left the already established Privet, because the scent is heavenly as you said. We have to keep a close eye on it but we have some on the bordering property & I love to smell the blooms! I’m hoping for blooms on my Peonies next year. I am definitely adding this variety of Clematis to my add to garden list! Your blog is my favorite!

  26. Rita C.
    May 15, 2023 at 10:15 am

    I’ve been MIA for the same reasons, but wanted to stop in and say how beautiful everything is looking in your landscape. That Mother of Pearl grandiflora is so beautiful, as are all the other blooms. I had a fifth variety peony bloom this year but not sure of its name – almost creamy white but with ballet pink outer petals, pink stamens. Really pretty. Other new blooms for me are poppies (passalongs from my sister last year), and an additional clematis that my friend could never get to bloom. I love your annual window box combos, Mary. It’s a shame we can’t all visit each other’s gardens in real life. We appreciate each other’s choices and hard work. Happy Monday.

  27. May 15, 2023 at 11:40 am

    Its always gorgeous here, as busy as I am I always try and check in to see what wonderful things you are sharing, its ALWAYS worth the effort, so grateful you are still here 🙏

  28. Bridget Martinelli
    May 15, 2023 at 8:26 pm

    Beautiful garden, thank you for sharing

  29. Kim
    May 15, 2023 at 9:18 pm

    What a lovely post Mary and your flowers are all so beautiful. I love how you manage to capture birds and bees in your photos. This was the perfect antidote to the Monday back-to-work-blues. Thank you!

  30. Jo
    May 17, 2023 at 12:41 pm

    Just beautiful! Thank you for sharing so many beautiful photos. I have a ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ peony as well. When I moved, I dug it up & repotted it in a container for moving. It was placed in the ground again and thankfully, it bloomed again! Hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day. 🎀🎀🎀

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