Sunday, May 15, 2011

May Blooms

Here we are half way through the month of May already. Time sure seems to zip by the older I get.

Hope you all have had a great week. Between working 4 days and taking care of home, I've been learning Windows 7, using new keyboard, and a card reader for my camera.

This morning I got outside for awhile working under cloudy skies in my main garden. Weeding, trimming, raking and sweeping. Thunder started moving closer and closer so I stopped for the day. We then had a little rain. We had a little last night too. Really nice for us, although we really need a good soaking. More rain is expected today and tomorrow, so we'll see what happens then.

Here are some pictures of what is blooming down here now. Blogger seems to be having more problems so I hope this all works.

The first three pics are of blooms from the 'Incense' passion vine. The scent is sweetly exotic.




This one is starting to open.



Datura bloom, what a nice scent.



Here is a poor raggedy Gulf Fritillary butterfly sipping nectar from Golden Dewdrop (Duranta erecta) blooms.



The next few pictures are of the blooms from the Dwarf White Orchid tree, Bauhinia acuminata.









Last and certainly not least, Penelope rose blooms. Aaahhhh.









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"The air is like a butterfly

With frail blue wings.

The happy earth looks at the sky

And sings."

Joyce Kilmer, Spring

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Zone 10 ~ s.e. FL

30 comments:

HolleyGarden said...

Very pretty! I adore passion flowers. So exotic looking. I had a wild one show up last year, but it died from the drought. Maybe I'll get lucky again this year. Loved your butterfly pic.

Grace said...

Beautiful May blooms! I love the white Penelope Rose. I bet the bees love it too.

My new blog address is www.gracepete.blogspot.com. I'm just letting everyone know. Thanks!

Kit said...

Such lovely flowers, especially the Passion Flowers. Such an incredible flower, so strange and beautiful! Kit

L. D. Burgus said...

Your flowers are looking great. The top flower doesn't look like it is a real plant. We have fritillary butterflies up here. The who set of pictures are just marvelous.

Meems said...

Ahhh... is right, FlowerLady. That Penelope Rose is divine. And passionvine is one of the most intriguing blooms around. Have a lovely rest of your Sunday. Meems

The Sage Butterfly said...

That passion vine is enchanting...I wish I could take in its aroma. All your blooms are lovely. Happy GBBD Day!

Masha said...

So many lovely blooms! Your passion vine looks wonderful, and so does Penelope, my favorite hybrid musk....

Morning's Minion said...

I like seeing your plants which are unfamiliar to me--such as the passion vine--what a dramatic flower.
I was interested in your comment that rugosa roses do not do well in FL. I hadn't thought of that, but have been surprised at how many beautiful roses can manage the hot and humid climate there. I would have thought that mildew might be a problem.
Your photos are always a peaceful garden tour.

Jim Groble said...

As always, your flowers look awesome. The passion vine is really cool. I am probably way too far north for it.

Autumn Belle said...

I'm quite sure your passion flowers have an intoxicating scents. How lovely. The white blooms are purely beautiful. Surely they smell nice too. Happy GBBD!

Becky said...

That Penelope Rose is just OH SO FEMININE! LOVE IT! We have had some strange rain showers ourselves here in South Carolina. Everything is SO green.

Jenni@ RainyDayGardener said...

You really have some incredible blooms! The passion flower is breathtaking. Happy Bloom Day!

Bernie said...

I just love all your fabulous white blooms. The Bauhinia is just beautiful and so is the Rose. Your Passiflora is a stunner as well. Great photos for this Bloom Day.

gld said...

The poem is a lovely description of spring; I still remember her poem 'Trees' that we had to learn in school.

The blooms are wonderful. I believe that passion vine flower is the most exotic I have ever seen. My Penelope isn't blooming yet but should soon.

Have a wonderful week.

seedscatterer said...

Looks good, smells good. What a garden! I'll have white Datura blossoms again soon and I spotted TWO night blooming Cereus buds yesterday. Interesting how passiflora attracts attention. I still think of it as a field weed but now I think of it as a butterfly host first.

NanaK said...

Your orchid flower tree is so pretty. And, Penelope looks like she must have a wonderful scent to go along with those delicate good looks. Does she? Poor butterfly. We have a few around here that look like something has taken a bite or two out of their wings. They still look beautiful floating through the garden.

Charlotte said...

Lovely pictures! I'm afraid my passion flower didn't flourish in our erratic English weather. Thanks for all your recent comments. Charlotte

Lona said...

Passion Vines always fascinate me with their blooms. There is just so much going on on one bloom. So pretty. Oh girl, I love the Orchid Tree blooms. Gorgeous!Maybe you will be getting some cooler weather this week. It is just plain wet & cool again here in the Buckeye state.My veggie garden is going to be so late this year. Have a wonderful week.

Ami said...

Love the passion vine flower, and that white orchid tree flower is just lovely! I only saw the pink version of orchid trees here.

Darcie said...

I am in love with the purple flower from the Incense passion vine....just gorgeous...wish I could smell it. ;-) Thanks for always sharing your beauty with us.

Susan said...

Hi Flowerlady...your white rose is stunning! There's something so simple but beautiful about a white flower...I'm a big fan of them. You've got lots of gorgeous flowers this mid-May and I'm glad you're receiving some much needed rain. We finally got some this past weekend. Enjoy your pretty flowers!

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

As always - your flowers are beautiful.
Would love a Passion Flower
Wonder if it would grow in this area?

Sheila said...

I'm glad I found your blog. I love the photo you're using as header. And the one of the raggedy Gulf fritillary.

sweetbay said...

Penelope is so lovely. I am in love with the Bauhinia blossoms too. Sheer and crisp-looking at the same time. The Passionflower is so intricately beautiful!

Becca's Dirt said...

What a pretty display of blooms Flowerlady. Love the rose Penelope and the passion vine is beautiful.

redgardenclogs said...

WOW - what incredible, stunning photographs!!! That passion flower is just jaw-dropping, and the Penelope rose makes my heart positively sing.

I am looking forward to keeping up with this blog and checking out your others!

Plays with Needles said...

Boy that Passion Vine flower is really something. I don't think I've ever seen that flower in person. What fun it would be to stitch!!

Kate said...

Simply beautiful!

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I love your blooms, especially passion flowers! The one in the third photo looks like a mouth with a grooved tongue inside.

Autumn Belle said...

FlowerLady, I have link your post here to my latest post on Bauhinia acuminata today. The link is here:
http://www.mynicegarden.com/2011/06/bauhinia-acuminata-snowy-orchid-tree.html.