Storey staffers and friends share May garden scenes.
April showers have brought May flowers…at last! Spring is creeping slowly in, with stretches of rain and nights that still carry the threat of frost. But the days are getting warmer and the trees and flowers — both wild and cultivated — are starting to show off. This month’s Bloom Day scenes hold a mix of shy violets and bluets, hot tulips and cool daffodils, delicate epimediums and dramatic trillium. And, if you look carefully, you’ll spot a few backyard critters, too — both little and, um…not-so little. What’s blooming where you are? — Emily Spiegelman, Digital Features Editor
Gwen Steege, Williamstown, Massachusetts
Meaghan Weeden, Hinsdale, Massachusetts
Zoë Spring, Worthington, Massachusetts
Emily Spiegelman, Wendell, Massachusetts
Caroline Spear, Stonington, Maine
It’s a long, slow, cool slog to full spring this year! March had better weather than April or May along the coast of Maine. So at the moment, things are just getting going; not even any leaves on trees yet. The asparagus grew an inch Friday afternoon in our only sun for more than a week, then promptly stopped growing again. It’s my first pickable year and I can’t wait.
Sarah Armour, Chicago, Illinois
Deb Burns, Williamstown, Massachusetts
Along my driveway I have one bed of hot colors and another of cool colors. The hot tulips and daffodils will give way to day lilies; the daffodils will be followed by late tulips (purple, black, and pink) then other cool shades.
I’ve been noticing the ephemeral wildflowers in the transparent woods right now, and these 5 photos are my effort to capture this fragile stage.
Michal Lumsden, Plainfield, Massachusetts
MaryAnn Nøbben, Norway
Lisa Hiley, Williamstown, Massachusetts
Carolyn Eckert, Florence, Massachusetts
Anne Guest, North Adams, Massachusetts
I keep waiting for my lily of the valley to pop. Maybe with the sun later this week. These were taken around my yard.
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