Sunday, April 15, 2012

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

Ah, the ides of April.  Tax Day.  Fortunately for this gardener it's also peak spring bloom season.  Thanks to a very warm week in March many of my later spring plants got a kick to start blooming but since it stayed cool since many of my earlier spring plants kept blooming.  So I have a lot of activity.

I also have a lot of wind (the disadvantage of living close to the ocean, even a mile inland we tend to get frequent sea breezes [that said when I got up in the middle of the night to let the dogs out I could smell the ocean.  Which is nice even at 4 am.  thank goodness The Husband comes home today - 4 am fussy dogs are part of HIS job]).  So these are the best I could do, picture wise.

My Forsythia cheapus is just now starting to fade

This is one of the five foot tall Pieris toobigforthespotus we moved last year.  They all did very well!  I'm quite pleased.

This Aqueligia 'Little Lanterns' is tucked up in an ugly corner by our front door.  It doesn't seem to mind that the conditions there are not great.  What a little toughie!

 Volunteer violets come in different colors.    
I know the neighbors think they're weeds but I like to let these stay in my garden beds.

I really enjoy my spring tulips.  These varieties are new - my older ones look like they're going to rebloom for me later this spring.  Yipee!

 The Hellebore is just about done for.  It didn't bloom as early as they're supposed to.  This one was a test run but I don't think I'm going to buy any more.  I have other, more showy things blooming at the same time.

THIS is how to plant grape hyacinths!

 My early species tulips are starting to bloom.  This is Tinka

The Husband's  Epimedium is doing quite well.  He wanted to buy these plants because he likes one of the common names - Horny Goat Weed.

 Of course I have LOTS of daffodils all around the Gardens.

Thanks to Carol at May Dreams for this meme.


  1. Lovely spring bloomers! Your planting of grape hyacinths is perfect and really is eye-catching. Love your botanical names:)

    I can commiserate with you on the dogs--mine haven't figured out that on weekends we don't NEED to get up at 5:30 AM.

  2. Looks like you are close to what is blooming here in upstate NY. I don't have forsythias (cheapus or priceyus) on my property but they had a really nice blooming run here - fading out here, too. I thought your combination of tulips was very colorful. Happy GBBD!

  3. Love your blooms. Wow you really have a show!