Thursday, April 14, 2011

April Bloom Day - Yay Spring!

Between our still mostly-chilly days this month, we've enjoyed a few gloriously mild, sunny ones. Every moment of those warmer days has been savored, with windows thrown open, patio furniture uncovered, and every possible minute spent outdoors. Blooms are a bit behind schedule compared to our last two springs, which were warmer than usual. I can't help hoping the cooler spring will lead to a milder, wetter summer than the last two hot, dry ones.

We have daffodils, scillas, hellebores, bloodroot (bloodroot thanks to Mom and Monica!) pulmonarias, and celandine poppies blooming, with Virginia bluebells and a hellebore (Mrs. Betty Ranicar with white, double blooms, added three years ago,) about to the bloom for the first time. We have a few more bluebells transplanted last spring from my oldest daughter K's garden, and three of those will be blooming shortly too. Bleeding hearts, wild geraniums, epimediums, anemones, and columbines, serviceberry, and Bradford pear are budding. Indoors, the African violet is once again in full, glorious bloom, and the one dragon wing begonia that's not in the basement is enjoying the streaming morning sunlight in the east window where it waits for warmer weather.


The garden continues to mature and this season will bring more blooms than ever. At this moment though, what I'm most excited about is that bloodroot; and mayapples, Dutchman's breeches, shooting stars, and trout lilies - the natives brought back from Mom's woods last spring. All survived the winter and are up and growing. The trout lilies won't bloom yet this spring. They are young, and each has only one leaf. But what beautiful, unusual leaves they are with their brown and green speckles. Speaking of Mom's, by the time you read this I'll be on my way up to Southwest Wisconsin for a visit. I wonder what will jump out of the woods and into the car for the trip back home this time!


For more Bloom Day posts, please visit Carol, the host of Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day where she blogs at May Dreams Gardens.

16 comments:

  1. So nice to have a woodland available for treasure hunting! The may apples are always a highlight, though here in CT they've not emerged.

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  2. Bet you thought it would never come.

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  3. Great to see flowering bulbs blooming. Very beautiful collage.

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  4. Yay, indeed! Spring is such an uplifting time in the garden. Here's to plentiful moisture and cooler temps. Your mosaics are very pretty. Happy Bloom Day!

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  5. very pretty! so glad i stopped by. xoox, tracie

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  6. Looks like a lovely start to spring! Happy Bloom Day!

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  7. A lovely variety of spring bloomers, Linda. Happy plant hunting while you are visiting your Mom!

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  8. Happy time with mom!
    Very creative display of Bloom Day, I really enjoyed it!

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  9. Hi Gardengirl
    It seems, that even with an ocean apart, spring is as far in my garden as in yours :o). Isn't it just wonderful? Today we had a cold wind but it was sunny. The garden could use some rain, but I can do it without it the next days :o).
    Take care and have a nice Sunday.
    Alex

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  10. It sure is looking like a bloom day in your garden!

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  11. I'm with you on the native wildflowers and how lucky to be able to get some from your mother's property! They may yet bloom for you this spring. I sure hope the cooler wetter spring brings about a milder summer. It is such a consideration these past few years. All those blues in your mosaic sure catch one's eye!

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  12. So lovely, Linda. Wish that I could find my bloodroot! Such a late spring but such is life! Easter blessings.

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  13. Garden Girl....I need to send you a 'thank you', but don't see where I can email you....

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  14. Judy, my email is lintys2057@gmail.com :)

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  15. Hi Linda, the hellebores are soooo cute. I didn't get any flowers on mine this year; I need to move them to a sunnier location, maybe.

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  16. They seem to be fine here without much sun Monica. It may be that yours just need to mature a bit more before blooming. Two that I have here took three years to bloom. The purple one was larger when I got it, and had a few blooms the first year.

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