Thursday, April 15

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - April 2010

One of the things that I really like about GBBD is that it allows us to compare from year to year.  It's not just our imagination:  The things I had in bloom last year on April 15th were peaking a few weeks ago already!  Some, like the first of the species tulips, have long since shed their petals.

A few other things are in still in bloom, like the long-flowering hellebores... but it's still the "second wave" of tulips that are stealing the show, both indoors:

And outside, in shades ranging from creamy white:

To these interesting ones that are golden yellow with bold red markings when open, but a soft peachy-orange when closed:

More flower photos to come, but for now I'll close with my list of blooms:

Bulbs/Annuals:  All orange, red, yellow and white tulips (the dark ones, like 'Queen of Night,' are still just in bud) except for the very earliest ones near the 'Golden Sword' yucca.  About 1/5 of the 'Geranium' daffodils are starting to open, too.  Grape hyacinths are a cascade of blue in the shade garden.

Perennials:  All of the bergenias are putting on an amazing show!  'Purple Dragon' lamium is in bloom, along with European ginger and an unnamed pulmonaria.

Grasses:  Carex platyphylla and c. caryophyllea 'Beatlemania' are both in bloom

Shrubs/trees:  The peach tree is still blooming, along with both cherries and the apple tree.  I saw the first flower on my blueberry bush yesterday, too!

To see what's blooming all over the world on this Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, visit Carol's GBBD Post at May Dreams Gardens!


WashingtonGardener said...

So true - this year things are SO early - *sigh* makes me wish for more hours in the day to enjoy them all.

Darla said...

We are actually a little behind this year. Love the creamy tulips.

Snap said...

I'm always so jealous of the lovely tulips. I'm too lazy to plant them every year! Lovely garden.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

This makes me wonder why my Berginia isn't blooming. Hmmmmm Gorgeous tulips.

Katie said...

My bergenia isn't blooming either, but I think it had a hard summer last summer. I'm zone 7b.

And, I kind of think that some of our plants are LATER here in Wilmington, NC than last year. We had a COLD weather for us!

joey said...

Thanks for sharing, Kim. Hasn't April been grand! My bergenia is going crazy too as well as the rest of the garden, in 'fast-forward' after this unseasonal heat.

Sylvana said...

Things are definitely early this year. I'm more worried about the effect that the heat will have on the plants - will it make for a shorter show? Will the leaves stay around long enough to soak up energy for next year?

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

How strange that the Bergenia has been outstanding in Northern IL, Michigan and Ohio, but not futher south. My Carex pennsylvatica is done blooming, I wonder if it's just an earlier blooming species.

cityslipper (small kitchen garden) said...

That's a beautiful bouquet! With all the flowers in my yard, we haven't cut any to enjoy indoors. I'm going to hop outside and set up a vase to put on the dinner table tonight.

Thanks for the inspiration, and a nice Bloom Day post.

Pam said...

Lovely! I'm glad to see all of these blooms - and as always, a beautiful garden is making it's appearance. (can't wait to see the blue agave)

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