Wet April Blooms

 

Tulip 'Monte Carlo'

Tulip 'Monte Carlo'

It has been a drizzling wet last couple days on the hill.  Everything is very green as we try to duplicate Oregon’s climate.  Not all the flowers open while it’s raining but I am more than grateful for the rain.  Even though our part of Maryland has an average rainfall of 40 inches per year and the distribution is almost even over the twelve months (February has the lowest average at about 2.5 inches per month) my experience is that “average” never happens and we are always moving from one dry period to the next.  Last year I lost several plants in the woods to a dry spell.  So let it rain while it may.  None the less it puts a bit of a crimp into our Garden Bloggers Bloom Day post.

Daffodils dominate our flowering right now, as it probably does for everyone on the East Coast.  They come in so many shapes and sizes it is hard to represent the beauty or the length of bloom.  There are still some emerging while others are near finished.  

Narcissus 'Smiling Twin'

Narcissus 'Smiling Twin'

 

Narcissus 'Smiling Twin' in cluster

Narcissus 'Smiling Twin' in cluster

 

Narcissus 'Delibes'

Narcissus 'Delibes'

 

Narcissus 'Delibes' makes a stunning addition to the woodland path

Narcissus 'Delibes' makes a stunning addition to the woodland path

To the progression of fruit tree blossoms that are happening now we must add the Japanese Pear where the blossoms emerge along with colorful leaves.

Japanese Pear blossoms

Japanese Pear blossoms

Some of the other flowers that caught my eye, even in the rain, are shown below.

Pink Darwin Tulips with Fritillaria imperialis 'Lutea Maxima'

Pink Darwin Tulips with Fritillaria imperialis 'Lutea Maxima'

 

Summer Snowflake (Leucojum aestivum) follows 3 weeks after the Snowdrops

Summer Snowflake (Leucojum aestivum) follows 3 weeks after the Snowdrops

 

Columbine 'Cameo White' is a nice addition to go with the Anemone sylvestris

Columbine 'Cameo White' is a nice addition to go with the Anemone sylvestris

 

Erythronium 'Pagoda' hybrid Trout lily is more elegant than the americanum species

Erythronium 'Pagoda' hybrid Trout lily is more elegant than the americanum species

 

Corydalis flexuosa is a nice addition to the woodland path

Corydalis flexuosa 'Purple Leaf' goes nice in the woods

And I will close with an image of the Daffodils on the hillside surrounding the new Coral-bark Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku).  We’re looking forward to that red bark providing color on winter days.

Daffodils surrounding new Coral-bark Maple

Daffodils surrounding new Coral-bark Maple

10 comments on “Wet April Blooms

  1. Cricket

    Love all the different daffodils pictured–the place must look fabulous, rain or shine! And, what a lovely shade of bright red on that prius you’re growing (see the background of Narcissus ‘Smiling Twin’ ;-)

    1. jw

      That’s the particularly rare compactum variety of Prius too…:)

  2. Jamie

    Love the wet flowers! Thanks for sharing your lovelies on Bloom Day! I especially enjoyed seeing your woodland beauties. A welcome reminder of my childhood spent running in the woods!

  3. Gayle Madwin

    Wow, I especially love your Erythronium!

  4. LCShores

    Wow – you make a rainy day look so beautiful! I can’t believe you have columbine blossoms so soon, although mine are certainly leafing out here in NE Illinois.

    1. jw

      Well, I have to confess that these small Columbines were just planted. The rest of ours, like yours, are just putting out their beautiful foliage.

  5. Mr. McGregor's Daughter

    Beautiful photos! I now have lust in my heart for Daffodil ‘Smiling Twin.’ I love the form of the cup. The Pink Darwin Tulips look perfect with the little birdbath. The Daffodils surrounding the little Maple are just fantastic!

  6. gail

    Such lovely daffodils…ours are almost gone and it’s a delight to see them again and looking so fresh! I think the darwins look best massed all one color like your pinks! I have both the native troutlily and the pagoda and love them both. Pagoda always blooms…the natives not so much! gail

  7. salix

    How beautiful. Your garden must be lovely. I have had one – 1 – snowdrop blooming so far! But the last couple of days have been nice, warm, and the wind has helped drying out the very wet soil.

  8. Sweet Bay

    Lovely Bloom Day post! I especially like the white columbines.