May in Indiana – Bagicha Bazaar

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Here, Joseph shares some of what has been blooming in my northern Indiana garden since the first half of May.

Close up of bright yellow wallflowerI’m not sure what kind of wallflower this is (Erisimum sp.)—it came from a mixed seed packet—but whatever it is, it’s been covered in flowers for a month, and all kinds of bees and other pollinators love it.

Close up of bright red annual poppy flowerThe first of my annual poppies (Papaver sp.) is blooming! It was self-sown last year from a planting of the ‘Orange Chiffon’ variety, but I think the bees made a hybrid, as it looks a little different from the mother. Whatever it is, I love it!

Near bright red geraniumIt was a happy success. I’ve heard that winter zonal geraniums (Pelargonium hybrids, zones 9-11 or as annuals), so I gave it a try. Before the first frost last fall, I pulled them out of the ground and containers, shook off the soil, and just put them in a box in the basement. They sat there all winter, and a few weeks ago I prepared them. Now they are alive, growing, and blooming! I’m happy to get another year without having to buy more.

Closure of hollyhock plants and budsExpectation – There are buds on my hollyhocks (Al-Siya rose, zones 3–8). I love hollyhocks. Yes, the leaves will rust later, but I don’t care.

Close-up of a bright orange Siberian wallflowerSiberian wallflower (Charinthus allioniiZones 3–8) is a biennial. I didn’t even see it grow after I planted the seeds last year, but now it’s blooming. I love the bright color, but the scent is even more amazing.

Close to bush with small pale pink and white flowersSpeaking of fragrance, one of my favorite shrubs is blooming. Abelia mosanensis (Zones 4-8). It is very beautiful, and the flowers smell like jasmine. Since my garden is too cold for real jasmine, I am happy to grow it. I usually see lots of butterflies on it too, but for some reason none yet this year.

Close-up of bright yellow auricula primrosesA beautiful little aureola primrose (Primula × puberty, zones 5–9). I grew it from seed last year, and it’s great! It is doing quite well in bright, dry shade under my large sugar maple in the front yard.

Close-up of bright pink tuberous begonias in window boxesFor this year’s window boxes, I went with non-stop tuberous begonias (Begonia hybrid, zones 10-12 or as an annual or tender bulb). They are just beautiful! I hope they will be fine in the summer.

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