White blossoms in my May garden have me satisfied to simply soak up the daily beauty. Isn’t it a welcome respite when we can admire miracles around us instead of always looking for the next project? I hope to remain satiated a while here. Offering great contrast to the loads of surrounding evergreens, my theme this week is May whites.
ONE – This is the first year that this youngster, a Cornus kousa or Japanese Dogwood planted by previous owners, will be fully clothed in white. The drifts of pointed, petal-like bracts (the flowers are in the center of the bracts) are starting to grow along branches in the lovely horizontal pattern these trees are known for. Its central position in the perennial beds provides the perfect resting spot for visiting birds and pollinators of all types.
TWO – I’ve always loved the way our two Clematis ‘Guernsey Cream’ positively gleam from their shady spots in the garden. Second to bloom in our clematis parade, their large flowers are velvety and serene. An added bonus are their wiry seedpods to come (which gave my dear mom quite a laugh when I wrote about them here — I aim to keep her entertained!).
THREE – What’s not to love about Spiraea prunifolia ‘Bridalwreath’? Graceful, easy care, faithful bloomer, haven for birds, and decent fall color — these shrubs have it all. I’m a big fan of spiraeas and have added another young bridalwreath on a nearby slope.
FOUR – Akebia quinata or chocolate vine is just coming into bloom. This hearty vine spans the archway into the veggie garden and offers its sweet perfume to all who enter. Our akebia is white chocolate. The fragrance seems closer to vanilla to me!
FIVE – A graceful feature down near the cutting beds, our weeping Malus or Crabapple tree is in full bloom. In past years I’ve tried to identify the cultivar, and my best guess is either ‘Red Jade’ or ‘Molten Lava.’ All I know is it’s a pleasure to have here.
SIX – And finally, full circle and back to the perennial beds, the queens of the week are the Viburnum. The two largest in the garden are trained to arch over a path. They’re fun to bring indoors and allowed to spill from tall vases.
Six on Saturday is hosted by The Propagator in the UK. If you visit his site, scroll down to the comments and click on links to visit lovely gardens around the world.