What’s Emerging in the May Garden?

I’m glad you asked! Let’s start with the herbs.

My herbs are mostly decorative, though I could use them for cooking if I only remembered.

First up are the chives. It won’t be long before the buds open and attract bees into their blossoms.

Next is the oregano and catmint.

Oregano for me.

Catmint for Tiger and Benji.

There’s a special kind of emerging from the lilac tree this year – flowers! My mother-in-law got us the bush many years ago and it has NEVER bloomed before; I guess it didn’t like being moved around but finally forgave us.

Or perhaps I provoked it to envy when I bought a new lilac bush last year and planted it nearby. Whatever the reason, we are happy to have lilac buds and I can’t wait for the fragrance when they open. 🙂

Finally, I give you the climber that steals the show in the May garden – the montana clematis. Just emerging from its long winter sleep, by the end of the month it will take over everything in its path, wrapping it in pink.

And that’s all right with me. 🙂

Sharing with this week’s Sunday Stills Challenge, Emerging.

~ Susanne

34 Comments on “What’s Emerging in the May Garden?

  1. I love the comment that you have to remember to use the herbs! The only time I regularly used them was from the rosemary bush that thrived by our front door in Portland, That made it very easy to pluck off a bit on the way into the house and use it in the potatoes and chicken. Our lilac is quite behind this year, but the mature neighborhood ones just flowered in the last two days. Wonderful odor.

    • Funny, I tend to use the rosemary as well, and yes, with chicken and potatoes. And I can’t wait to have fragrant lilacs blooming this year, from the old and the new bush.

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  3. Gorgeous!! Wow, my eyes are dazzled by all of these wonderfully emerging herbs and florals, Sue! So that’s what a lilac looks like. My neighbor asked me today if I wanted to grab a couple of her small sprouts from her lilac bush. Yes please, I’m heading over there in a few minutes! After all, Spokane is called the Lilac City!

    • Thanks so much! I was thrilled to see buds on our lilac bush for the first time ever! I can’t wait till it blooms and the fragrance fills the backyard!! How nice to get some starts from a neighbor! Your lilacs should shrive in sunny Spokane! 🙂

      • Yours are good inspiration! I just dug up some large shoots (almost killed myself–they are all connected) and planted them into a big pot. They love this sandy soil we have, too. Keep your fingers crossed!

  4. My lillac bush quit blooming when the nearby crabapple trees shaded it too much. Still alive and thriving though.

    • Sounds like they prefer lots of sunshine. I was thrilled to have buds on our bush for the first time ever and can’t wait for it to blossom!

  5. Our plants are now just beginning to think about it. It’s been a cool spring here in SW Colorado.

  6. Sounds like your lilac is excited to have a friend! Please post pictures when it/they bloom!

  7. Nice to see your garden doing so well. Gotta make use of those herbs though. We have a few in pots and I love going out and clipping what I need. Love that clematis, too. I like the profusion of blooms when they get really rampant.

    • Thanks! You’re right! I need to remember to use the herbs. 🙂 And the clematis is wonderful. It’s just getting started and it won’t be long till it takes over.

  8. I’m glad I’m not alone with the lilac problem. Sparky was threatening to cut them down and they bloomed just to stay the ax!

  9. I’ve always liked montana clematis and yours looks wonderful! We tried one once but it didn’t seem to like our garden 😦 Conversely our dwarf lilac has always been very happy here and flowers every year. We’re ahead of you however – its flowers are past their best already.

    • The clematis is very happy and takes over a corner of our yard every year! I hope the lilac will finally do its part! 🙂

  10. The main thing emerging in our garden is weeds! If only people admired weeds, we would have a ‘show garden’. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  11. Love your clematis pictures, and looks like you will have some beautiful lilac flowers soon! I don’t think our bush has any flower buds yet.

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