What Do May Flowers Bring?

Birds, Bees, Color, Ecstasy! (and pilgrims!)

List of Bloomers in Our Back Acre*:
[one_third] NECTAR/POLLEN PLANTS
Azalia
Bachelor Buttons
Barberri shrub
Borage
Bugloss (Alkanet)
Ceanothus, Blue & White
Cinquefoil, 3-toothed
Clematis
Clovers – red & white
Columbine
Comfrey
Creeping Buttercup
Daisy
Dandelion
Daphne Ceneorum
Dovefoot geranium
Elder
Forget-me-not
Fuschias
Geranium, “Carmina Cranesbill”
Iris, Purple bearded
Iris, Yellow (water)
Lamb’s Ears
Lupine
Magnolia “Star”
Maple tree
Mock Orange
Money Plant
Mustard Family/Brassicas
Pansies
Peony
Periwinkle
Phacelia (aka Scorpionweed, heliotrope)
Phlox
Poppies – CA orange / wild types
Potato Vine (aka Jasmine Nightshade)
Potentilla cinquefoil (Miss Wilmott)
Primroses
Purple deadnettle
Red Hot Pokers (aka Torch Lilies)
Rhododendron1
Rose – Domestic varieties
Salvia, Purple
Sedums – mixed varieties
Solomon’s Seal, Giant
Sweet Peas
Trillium
Vetch
Viola
Wallflowers
Wild daisies
[/one_third] [one_third] FRUITS
Apples
Autumn Olive
Beach Plum
Varieties: Nana & Ecos
Blueberries
Cherries
Crabapple
Currant, Black
Currant, Red
Currant, Red Flowering (Native)
Gooseberries, assorted
Hawthorn, “Black”
Highbush cranberry
Honeyberries
Huckleberry, Native
Jostaberry
Kinnikinnick, bearberry
Korean Bush Cherry
Lingonberries
Medlar: Royal
Nanking Cherry
Plum
Quince – Flowering
Raspberries – Meeker
Raspberries, Tulameen
Red Autumn Berry
Saskatoon, Regent
Strawberries
Strawberry, wild, groundcover
[/one_third] [one_third_last] HERBS
Basil
Calendula
Catmint, Mrs. Edgehill
Chives
Horseradish
Lady’s Mantle
Nettles
Onion, ‘Evegreen’ Spring Bunching
Oxalis
Rosemary
Sage
Soapwort
Solomon Seal, Giant
Sweet Cicely
Thyme (assorted)
Woodruff, Sweet

VEGETABLES / PRACTICAL PLANTS
Artichoke
Arugula
Fava beans
Miner’s Lettuce
Rhubarb
Willows, basketry types
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*The problem with such a list, of course, is that there is so much overlap in trying to categorize plants. Is it a fruit? an herb? a bee pollinator plant? a “practical” plant? all four? some of my sorting might seem a little random. Some flowering plants are not necessarily great for pollinators; some herbs are not really herbs, but maybe native groundcovers with useful properties. Where to put the giant maple tree? And I can’t begin to list all the annual vegetables…they pretty much grow freely wherever they reseed anyway.

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