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moon

The May full moon is called the Flower Moon, in recognition of the rising abundance of flowers. I think the Green Moon might be a better name, as the world is never so tenderly, startlingly, brilliantly coloured as when Nature dresses herself in her new Spring Green. However, I took a walk around the garden to see what flowers are celebrating the full moon. The yellow daffodils and white bloodroot are winding down and new flowers are taking over the spotlight. The first lush deep-purple iris has opened. Old-fashioned bleeding heart, both traditional (Dicentra spectabillis) and white (D.s. forma alba) are nearing full bloom. Cushion spurge (Euphorbia polychroma) seems to be competing with the sun itself, with it’s brighter than bright yellow flowers. Woodland phlox (Phlox divaricata) is woven amongst the newly emerging hostas. Finally, the flowers on the graceful Smooth Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum) will be opening shortly, and not a moment too soon because I spotted the first Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubirs) of the season on Friday afternoon.

Iris

Iris

Old-fashioned Bleeding Heart

Old-fashioned Bleeding Heart

White Bleeding Heart

White Bleeding Heart

Cushion Spurge

Cushion Spurge

Woodland phlox

Woodland phlox

Smooth Solomon's Seal

Smooth Solomon's Seal

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