The last couple of years, early May has been rainy, dreary, and chilly. This year is no exception. Although parts of the Chicago area have seen frost this month, there has been no frost or freeze in our south suburban garden since late March or early April. To be safe though, most of our tender and tropical plants, and warm-season veggie seedlings are waiting in the basement 'greenhouse' for another week or two.
Blooming outdoors besides those in the slideshow, are impatiens
that self-seeded in a few pots in the basement over the winter, and dragon wing begonias that overwintered down there. Celandine poppies are still blooming too.
New garden transplants and divisions, and direct-sown cool season veggies are thriving with the rain and cool temperatures. Warmer temperatures and sunshine will return. Keeping up with clients at this busy time with all the rain we've had recently can be challenging. Still, I'm grateful we haven't been impacted by flooding or other severe weather conditions as other areas of the country have been. In the meantime I enjoy catching up with errands and indoor activities on days when rain interferes with gardening plans.
What's blooming in your garden this month? To see more blooms from gardeners everywhere, please visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens.