I am one of those rare people who does not get depressed when it is dark or when it rains but I am glad to see the sunny May Flowers that appear after a month of April Showers.
Today we will be focusing on my 3 Favorite May Flowers:
2. Lily of the Valley
These 3 flowers are visually stunning and amazingly aromatic! I wish that I could send the wonderful scent of each one of these flowers over the internet.
Here in Michgian Lilac Bushes bloom at the beginning of May and have the most tantalizing floral scent. There are also so many different varieties of Lilacs: double lilac, light purple lilac, dark purple lilac, white lilac, french lilac etc. - the list is endless.
Maintaining Lilac Bushes
When talking about maintaining Lilac bushes you first need to know if you have a regular oldfashioned lilac bush or a "non-suckering" lilac bush (please see the last 2 pictures in this section). Simply look at the base of your lilac bush and if there are little lilac shoots growing, then you have a regular lilac plant. Some people do not like the unkempt look of the traditional lilac plant but I don't mind the wild look - I actually prefer it. Over the years I have been able to start many new lilac bushes from the suckers that my traditional lilac bush produced. I am able to separate 1 or 2 lilac “suckers” about every 5 years - (I should add "successfully separate"). There have been times when I tried to separate these suckers too soon and they just ended up dying - trial and error is the best way to learn in this case.
The lilac bush in the picture on the left has produced many "suckers" but none are large
enough to separate. The lilac bush in the picture on the right is about 45 years old (which is young in Lilac years) (This one on the right is a "non-suckering" lilac bush)
Lily of the Valley
Every year I am amazed at how this tiny delicate flower can emit such a powerful fragrance that seems to travel for acres. When in season, the Lily of the Valley makes the entire neighborhood smell fresh, green and delightful. In my opinion, nothing in the world smells like the Lily of the Valley.
This precious flower blooms in mid-May. They are very easy to grow but if left alone for years they can take over your garden. Therefore, Lily of the Valley plants should be split every couple years. Although, if you have the space, I would recommend allowing these plants to spread. I like that wild look and it is exciting to watch the changing Lily landscape - it's almost like a Valley of Lilies (see picture below).
To me Irises smell like cotton candy or some kind of sweet hard candy - but don't eat it!! (Seriously - don't ever eat these flowers!). Irises bloom at the end of May and some years (here in Michigan) even the beginning of June.
Then simply plant each new Iris in it's new location. Splitting should be done about every 3 years or whenever you notice a large conglomeration of Irises.
Free "Spring Card" Printable - click HERE (NOTE: This card will take up a lot of ink - I suggest going to Office Max or a Fed Ex Printing store and pay 10 to 20 cents instead)