May Delights

Clockwise from upper left: Jacob’s Ladder (Polemonium caeruleum), Bleeding Heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis), Japanese Painted Fern (Athyrium niponicum), Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum pedatum), Lily-of-the-Valley (Convallaria majalis), Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)

About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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132 Responses to May Delights

  1. Kj4ta says:

    Don’t ya just love spring?! Beautiful images, Eliza.

  2. Such a joy to see the flowers. Here in northern AB it will be a little while, but I know they’re coming. I love your photos. Your garden must be so beautiful!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Carol. It is hard for us northerners to see our southern friends’ gardens blooming while we wait for ours. Soon, soon!

      • It can be but on a positive note, lots of flowering plants are available at most big box stores so I can still have flowers, thanks to our Southern neighbors. 🙂

  3. Chris says:

    Aww, lilacs! My favorite and I miss them so much ! Planted two this spring that are suitable for the south; fingers crossed!

  4. swesely says:

    Your lilacs are lovely, and I hope you love their scent. MIne bloomed and smelled wonderful on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday, we got 2″ of rain, coming down in torrents at times, with wind accompanying it. Today I have a few shreds left. I’m glad I got to enjoy them for a few minutes. We did need the rain, and now are looking forward to irises.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      The season is always too short, isn’t it? We went from 60s to 80s seemingly overnight, and mine are fading fast. We could use a bit of rain as well, everything is so dry.

  5. Wonderful! Thank you for sharing these great insights. Have a beautiful weekend! Michael

  6. Jane Lurie says:

    Gorgeous, Eliza! The bleeding heart and the ferns really caused me to linger. 💚

  7. Alice says:

    The beauty and the scents of all that loveliness.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Alice. I wish it wasn’t so hot, the heat is accelerating their end. 😦 I have several vases of lily-of-the-valley and lilac, just so I can enjoy their scent while inside.

  8. More lovelies, Eliza. Bleeding Hearts give off such a nice perfume. We put in one plant years ago and they have become a jungle. A pleasant smelling jungle. 🙂

  9. shoreacres says:

    I recognized the lily-of-the-valley, lilacs, and bleeding hearts. The maidenhair fern intrigued me. Our maidenhair fern (Adiantum capillus-veneris) looks rather different, but both are pleasing.

  10. Irene says:

    All lovely. 😊

  11. ghsmith76 says:

    Beautiful, Nice presentation

  12. Vicki says:

    Nothing beats fresh Spring blossom to enrich our day with colour and fragrance.

  13. My mother used to grow lily-of-the-valley in the shade behind our house when I was a kid.

  14. Kris P says:

    Each and every image is a joy to behold, Eliza!

  15. Spring, spring, spring! The other day, I planted Jacob’s ladder. Can’t wait until it looks like yours.

  16. Val Boyko says:

    Delightful❣️My bleeding hearts haven’t done so well this year, but the corydalis is thriving!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Val. My BH used to be better as well, I think they don’t like the hot, dry conditions we’ve been having of late. The shade ones do better than the full sun ones.

  17. May is the best month here (Vancouver Island) too. I didn’t realize bleeding-heart’s Latin name had changed; I still think of it as Dicentra. You’re always on top of these things!

  18. Anne says:

    Beautiful flowers all – and you have chosen a lovely way of showing them off 🙂

  19. maryjane678 says:

    Hi Eliza. I used to be a landscape garden designer in a previous life, before I became a writer ( less backache), and some of your plants were regulars in my designs. Brings back happy memories.

  20. picpholio says:

    These pictures bring a lot of joy on this sunday morning.

  21. A wonderful collection, Eliza!

  22. Chloris says:

    Lovely May flowers Eliza and dreamy ferns.

  23. Cathy says:

    Gorgeous! A reminder too that I should try and grow some lily of the valley here. My garden seems extremely slow this year and your lilacs have flowered before ours! Have a great Sunday!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Cathy! The past week the temps have been so summer-like, jumping from 15-30C seemingly overnight. It accelerated everything. One of the first things I planted here when we moved in over 30 years ago was LOTV. My goal was to have enough to make a big bouquet… I’d say I’ve more than achieved that goal! 😉

  24. So pretty! I love the bright, warm colors of springtime. Lilacs remind me of my grandmother’s arbor and lily of the valley brings back memories of my mother.

  25. The spring of my childhood. I can remember the scents.

  26. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says:

    Beautiful flowers Eliza, so lovely to have this gorgeous combination of scents too 🌺

  27. So beautiful, Eliza. They epitomize Spring!

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  29. Debbie says:

    Such beauties! Thank you for sharing them with us!

  30. So beautiful! 🙂

  31. It’s a beautiful spring in your neighborhood. 🙂 I love them all.

  32. Lovely flowers and photos for one of my favorite months.🙂

  33. dprastka says:

    Wow, beautiful photos and beautiful blooms!! ❤️ ~ Diana

  34. Denzil says:

    Beautiful photos Eliza. May over here has been cold and wet so everything is behind schedule.

  35. Tina says:

    All such beautiful blooms, none could I ever grow. Thanks for sharing!

  36. Beautiful compositions, Eliza, and I love all the colors!!

  37. Vinny says:

    Great photos. How big is your garden?!

  38. naturebackin says:

    Each of these is really lovely. It must be such a special time of the year.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Carol. May sees plants go from brown stick dormancy to a full flush of green ground to canopy. An amazing unfoldment in such a short amount of time. An annual miracle I never tire of seeing.

  39. Bela Johnson says:

    New England fragile beauty. ❤️❤️❤️

  40. pbmgarden says:

    May is your month! Loveliest collection ever.

  41. Lovely May treats. Painted ferns are so beautiful.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Allison. I find it hard to resist buying an attractive Painted fern, esp. the burgundy ones. I have two that are particularly stunning right now and a few newbies that need to bulk up.

  42. Your heart must be singing with joy at the sight of the flowers. I love the ferns and Dicentra and wish the Lilacs could broadcast scent over the Internet…Happy Spring.

  43. susurrus says:

    Beautiful, Eliza! I don’t know how you would bear to be parted from your garden at this time to come and see English bluebells. Your flowers are opening at much the same time as ours.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Susan! I know, it would be tough to miss the show here, but I would be amply compensated on the other side of the pond. 🙂

  44. Oh, I love those bleeding hearts. My grandmother loved them and used to get so excited when seeing them.

  45. Enjoyed seeing your images of your beautiful flowers Eliza!

  46. Beautiful Flowers. Thank You for sharing with us ❤ ❤ ❤

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