Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day April 2014

April is indeed turning out to be better than March but I still don't have much blooming in the garden. No daffodils. No forsythia (but it looks like it will start soon. Unless the cold snap coming tomorrow sets it back. WHEN is spring going to really get here?).

But enough complaining about what we don't have. Let's try to celebrate what we DO have.

What would we do in the spring if it weren't for crocus? More importantly what else could the early emerging bees eat? They are so happy to see these flowers!

I love dwarf iris. Unfortunately so do the bunnies. Damn rabbits have eaten most of my dwarf iris before they've had a chance to bloom. I need my neighborhood coyotes to do a better job of pest control!

Heather. I bought this plant at a Big Box store last year. It's not a spectacular bloomer but at this time of the year I will take what I can get.

This is a NEW plant. My existing Hellebore is not yet in bloom and its blooms are tucked down in with the leaves. This one holds its flowers high above the foliage and the bees love it! One of the best ways to sell me on a plant is to see it covered in bees when I'm at the garden center. If garden centers were clever they would have a hive of domestic bees hidden in the back somewhere so that all of their plants would be covered with bees.

That might not work with most people.

Thank goodness for pansies! I did plant a few in the fall and they are still alive but not looking all that good. I had to buy new. I have four pots full of pansies, in purple (shown), butterscotch and yellow. I don't know why I didn't take pictures of the other colors. 

Snowdrops. I've had mixed luck with these. They are pretty little flowers when you look at them up close but they aren't forming large clumps so they aren't that spectacular in the garden.

Thanks to Carol at May Dreams for this meme!

1 comment:

  1. You have some signs of spring there. The Hellebore and crocus are lovely! Happy Bloom Day!