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Autumn in two Gardens for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day in May

Our third combined post for the monthly Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, here’s whats happening in our Gardens in May. We hope you enjoy our “May blooms” and then join Carol and friends over at May Dreams Gardens to see what other gardeners around the world have blooming in May and then pop over to ‘Garten Blogger Blüten im Mei‘ over at Seepferds Garten for the German version of Garden Bloggers Bloom Day! Enjoy!

What’s Blooming in Barbie’s Garden in May 2011

With the weather changing and the days bringing unusually warm temperatures and then turing icy cold the next, brings the most interesting flowers. I had little hope of anything exciting. With a busy work schedule, I had little time in the garden this past week so when I stepped out with my camera I found flowers in the smallest of places. Hidden in the tomato patch and high up in the protea bush… enjoy my garden selection!









Lets check out whats happening in Chrisine’s Garden in May…

What’s Blooming in Christine’s Garden in May 2011

With cooler temperatures and a fair amount of rain, growth in my garden has been great resulting in lots of lush green growth, but very few “spectacular” type blooms. The Camellias are flowering, some Azaleas are putting on an early show and the Murraya Exotica (Orange Jasmine) are blooming. Looking around for blooms to give you a good show, here is what’s blooming in my garden in May; lots of pink and white, but the overwhelming theme in my “May Garden” is Green!


[one_half_last]Murraya Exotica[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Iceberg Roses[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Miniature Roses[/one_half_last]




[one_half_last]Chameleon Plant[/one_half_last]

The last photograph is not a “bloom” as such, but I wanted to show the beautiful variegated leaves of my Chameleon Plants – Pretty, no?

By Barbara

Country living is the best! Being a true spirit of the earth, my garden is all about vegetables and fruit trees and herbs and chickens roaming free. I was keen to really start gardening when we moved to Philadelphia in 2005, but not your typical suburban-type garden – sterile and bug-free! I wanted an edible garden.

34 replies on “Autumn in two Gardens for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day in May”

Hi Christine, Barbie and garden bloggers

I am constantly searching for roses that are beautiful, tough, don’t require spraying and bloom prolifically. The advice from the rose growers is, more often than not aimed at selling more roses, rather than helping you find those few roses that are absolute stars.

I would love to hear what roses are healthy and good performers in your gardens. My stars are Pink Iceberg, Burgundy Iceberg, Gnome World, Sophy’s Choice and Carefree Wonder. I live in Cape Town.

Thanks to Everybody for visiting our Autumn Gardens! We are so honoured that you were here and enjoyed our “May Blooms” with us! We feel very privileged to have so many Gardening Friends all over the world. Wow!!

Your garden is so ahead of mine. The roses are so pretty. I have some buds but no blooms. The lavender is going to be so lovely and smell divine . Beautiful blooms for GBBD.

Beautiful blooms in both gardens. Loved the Protea blooms … I just wish they would grow here. The Murraya is something I’m very familiar with and I just adore its’ perfume. I’m lucky enough to have a couple but they’re not blooming right now. I too have a Trachelospermum and adore the foliage colours.

The blooms in both your gardens are beautiful! Thanks for stopping by my site, I’m glad it led me here. I find the concept of your site (dual gardens) very interesting–especially since I can see what’s happening in an autumn garden while I’m in the middle of spring. Happy Bloom Day!

Thank you so much for visiting – I love going to your garden and looking to see what’s new! Just beautiful! The irises are just beautiful! 🙂

Dear Barbara and Christine, Your gardens are so different that you are able to provide a wonderful variety of blooms for us to peruse. I love your rose, Barbara, and your chameleon plant, Christine. Happy GBBD to both of you. P. x

Like that variety of Chameleon plant. However I have a variety in my vinca beds that I will soon be going to war on. I am wondering if they are of the same Genus. Nice simple post.

I’m really surprised to see that you are growing plants that I didn’t think could cope with southern hemisphere temperatures like pansies. Despite May being a “green” month I think you both have a great selection of blooms for GBBD.

I wasn’t expecting so many blooms! Both gardens have quite lovely blooms, and I love the chameleon plant. I agree it’s as pretty as any bloom.

Lovely. The chameleon plant in striking. We have a huge amount of iris here. My MIL grows them. I like iris, but I am a little burnt out.

Dear Barbara,
thank you so much for partizipating GBBT!
Your two gardens bloom really amazing, I can nearly smell the heavenly scent!!!
Wish you both a wonderful sunday!

Thank you so much! I have such fun waiting to take photos and to see whats blooming in my garden on the 15th! Great idea and a loved project by all it seems! I love visiting all the great gardens around the world!

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