What Blooms in mid-May?

Peony 'Joker' in tight bud stage
If I could, I’d have kissed them all goodbye before leaving. Mid-May isn’t the best time to go away on vacation. Blooms I’ve spent months anticipating are stepping up their pace. It’s the time of year when you can inspect your garden morning, noon and evening and see three stages of growth. Foxgloves are about to open, not to mention the peonies, or most of them anyway. ‘Joker’ is being stubborn and refusing to reach the “soft marshmallow” stage where I could cut some stems and refrigerate them for later.
Peony 'White Cap' might be finished by the time I get home. It's become one of my favorite fragrant peonies.

Peony 'White Cap'
In my defense, I didn’t know when I planned this vacation that we would have such an early spring. Everything is two to three weeks ahead of schedule—buds on the hydrangeas fattening up each day and lilies stretching toward their full height at a rapid pace.
Peony 'Coral Sunset' is one of the earliest to bloom and fades like no other peony in my garden. Beginning as a coral-colored bloom and opening nearly pink, it gradually changes to soft coral and then nearly pale yellow.

Peony 'Coral Sunset' (day 3 and 4)
 A little-used bulb with an interesting name blooms along with my peonies. Ixiolirion tataricum is an inexpensive bulb that is hardy and gorgeous. What's not to like?

It is available through High Country Gardens.

Thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens Blog for calling out for posts on the 15th of each month.

Ixiolirion tataricum


  1. Beautiful blooms..
    love the 'white cap'Peony...

  2. Wow, those Peonies are fantastic. Loved the colours of both 'White Cap' and 'Coral Sunset'. I do so hope your lovely garden is looking terrific when you return from your break.

  3. My peonies are just coming into bud as well - very slowly though due to the cold weather we have been having - it's a shame their blooms don't last longer.