May 2011 Bloom Day
Sunday, 15 May 11 26°C / 79°F
Happy Bloom Day, everyone! In spite of full spring, most of my bloomers this month are inside. We’re past the spring ephemerals here and it’s still too early for summer flowers.
This month I seem to be having luck with orchids! The new dendrobium spikes are in full bloom, my dear old phaelaenopsis is nearing its first fully new spike bloom, and my wee dwarf phalaenopsis is in full bloom. The dwarf even has a faint scent, reminiscent of lilies.
I was surprised that the variegated lemon has also bloomed! I’m not sure about how to pollinate the flowers for this plant or if it needs it (presumably for fruiting it would). I had amazingly great luck with the skimmia this year in manual pollination! In years past, the skimmia have bloomed so early as to miss the limited populations of pollinators we get in the city. This meant no bright red berries for winter (well, only three on two large female bushes). This year, I went ahead and tried to assist, and it looks like I have success! Dozens of berries are coming to fruition!
The last blooming plant today has my surprise and thanks. In my new terrarium, I planted partridgeberry (mitchella repens) which wasn’t in great shape. However, over the last few weeks it has established itself and put forth paired tiny white blooms. I would love berries on this as well, but with the tubular flowers, I have no idea how to address these. And the inside of my house shows a distinct lack of pollinators.
Photos: Mitchella, dwarf phal, dendrobium, lemon