Well of course there are so many flowers for the April Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day that it is difficult to choose what to share. Let me begin with the apple trees. Though some of the varieties are definitely showing the biennial bearing effect we still have other trees that are loaded with beautiful blossoms.
The pears and peaches have mostly finished blooming and the cherries are just finishing. In general flowers are running ahead of the normal flowering cycle as it’s been dry and hot in Maryland.
Other trees in bloom right now are the dogwoods and the redbuds.
Daffodils are everywhere in bloom. Even though we’ve have had hundreds of daffodils already, some are still in bud. Other bulbs showing up right now are the Fritillaria imperials in the front bed
and Tulips that I put in the woods with Erythronium last year.
Also in the woods are Shooting Stars that are actually allowed to flower now that the deer are gone.
A long-time component of our woods walk are the Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) that have naturalized in abundance. And some of the bluebells are pink or white.
One strange little bulb that I noticed this year is this little ornithogalum that has taken hold in the back lawn.
In terms of strange little plants this little polygala is spreading nicely in the alpine bed.
Nearby is one of the Daphnes which contribute to the alpine bed on a regular basis.
In this same shady Alpine bed there is a small columbine that comes back every year.
And on the sunny side of the alpine bed there is an Asperula doing very well.
Along with a delightful Pulsatilla
But even more surprising to me is this little Stachys that I planted back in 2017 after seeing it at the Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs. This is the first time it has really poured over the wall in the way I had hoped.
I should also share this double-flowered Quince which provide a particularly striking flower.
There are many, many other flowers but I think that’s true for everyone at this time of year.
Well it’s two days past Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day but as you can probably imagine Spring is bringing forth not only tons of flowers but springtime chores as well.
As shown above the Hellebores are everywhere and together with the Daffodils they are providing an abundance of flowers.
This is one of my favorite Hellebores but I’ve lost the name. It sits upright and shows those lovely crinkly flowers.
Daffodils are one of our favorites for the Spring. We began planting them 45 years ago and here are the results for those first ones.
Of course it’s hard to not to admire the individual flowers as well.
Of course not long from now we will see many members of the Rhododendron family, but here is an early bloomer.
I spend a lot of time looking up the little guys that are poking up in the yard and woods.
The first of the Bloodroot popped up yesterday.
I planted a hundred Scilla sibirica in the front lawn last Fall and they are just showing their marvelous blue color.
Nearby the Primula vulgaris are continuing to spread into the lawn.
I also love seeing the Hepatica with their colorful flowers.
We even have one Hepatica in the woods that seems to have taken hold.
Also in the woods we also have a number of Corydalis that are slowly spreading.
To help them spread I put in a hundred of the red ones last Fall.
Another successful spreader is the Ranunculus sometimes called Lesser Celandine
In the Alpine bed we have a couple of small plants just coming into flower.
And in the greenhouse itself there are number of plants seeking attention.
But the real stars right now are the Clivia that I’ve taken into the house.
Everyone should have Clivia. So colorful, easy care, and blooming twice a year. What’s not to like?
Well it’s Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day (or was yesterday anyway) and February really marks the serious start of spring flowers. Adonis, Winter Aconite, Crocus, Daffodils, Snowdrops, Witch Hazel, Primrose, Camellias, and Hellebores are all in flower. We spent three and half weeks in California and it was delightful to see the flowers that had popped up in our absence.
Adonis remains one of my favorite flowers but only the early-blooming ‘Fukujukai’ is currently in flower.
The biggest impact flower at the moment is the winter aconite.
We actually have several Eranthis hyemalis cultivars with different shades of yellow.
They are all quite willing to expand and I am finding new specimens each year in the yard and forest in places where I did not plant them.
Another highlight at the moment is the Crocus tommasinanus (which also keeps expanding it’s spot).
The witch hazels are all in bloom
We also have numerous clumps of snowdrops that are not only clumping nicely but also spreading out into the lawn
The Camellia japonica that I brought back from California on my lap in the 70’s continues to put out early flowers.
And as I mentioned the Daffodils and Hellebores are beginning to do their thing.
The first early primroses (Primula vulgaris) are now showing up. I don’t know why more people are not growing this lovely British wildflower which is anything but vulgar.
Meanwhile in the greenhouse there are many South African plants beginning their season
Yeah, I know the name doesn’t match the color in this Freesia but it’s all I have to go on at the moment.
Just a quick post for the month with the least flowers on display. Our Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day finds that the winter has been mild but most plants are just fattening up there buds for the months to come. There are a few exceptions. The Witch Hazel shown above is joined by several others on the hillside but none are as spectacular in bloom as ‘Diane.
The snowdrops are popping out. Even a few that have migrated into the lawn.
And the first of hybrid Hellebores is now in flower (not counting ‘Jacob’ which appeared a month ago)
There are othe plants just on the verge
And I can see colorful buds on the Peonies.
The cyclamen are also noteworthy for the lovely patterns they create as they continue to spread in the yard.
And in the house we have steady stream of flowers from the greenhouse (especially Cyrtanthus) and some new orchids that arrived as Christmas and birthday gifts.
Finally I should point out that we did plant the Christmas tree last week to provide a future landmark in the pasture.
This is also the month for planting the seeds obtained from the NARGS seed exchange.
As always there are great expectations.
I’ll begin this seasonal GBBD post with an image of the Christmas greens and flowers over the fireplace. The Japanese quince has been flowering on and off again all Fall. The the red Camellia sansanqua continues to provide a regular supply of beautiful blooms.
This is what the full plant looks like.
and the individual flowers
Nearby is another fall Camellia that we brought home from Camellia Forest some years ago.
In the front yard (risking deer damage) is another fall bloomer.
There are only a few plants in flower besides the Camellias and the Quince. One is the first of the Hellebores (also known as Christmas Rose).
I noticed in walking the yard that some of the plants in bud are well worth thinking about as we wait for Springtime. The Edgeworthia is almost better in bud than in flower.
And there are several other plants starting to bud up
But it is December so one of our seasonal events is to buy a balled and burlapped Evergreen for our Christmas tree. In this case a Canaan Fir seemed to be the most attractive in our size range.
After our Christmas elves finished their handiwork it really looks quite splendid
It will head for the forest in January.
Also inside right now is a pot of Cyrtanthus (like miniature Amaryllis)
Besides prepping for Christmas the other thing that goes on this time of year are the various seed exchanges. On December 15th every year the North American Rock Garden Society releases the listing of seeds available through the seed exchange. This year there were 2400 different seed varieties available and the contributions came from all over the world. In my case the seeds I’ve requested came from contributors in the U.S., Canada, England, Scotland, Finland, Poland, Germany, and the Czech Republic. If you have any interest in growing unusual plants from seed I highly recommend exploring the NARGS seed exchange.
It is two days late for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day, but I need to keep up my records. There have been sooo many flowers and activities around our house that it’s hard to account for everything that is happening. The daffodils are off to a fine start and all of their friends and neighbors are coming too. I’ll focus on some of my favorites in the interest of getting this post out at least by St. Patricks Day. The Fritillary pictured above is a reminder that some Fritillaries are willing face the viewer rather than nodding toward the grass.
It’s hard not to focus on the Hellebores for this time of year. They are everywhere.
There is even a black one that I’ve forgotten the name of…
There are several unnamed seedlings to be found in our woods since they don’t seem to be fancied by the deer.
And in the yard and the woods we find a classic primrose
Out in the front yard the Edgeworthia is announcing the beginning of Spring.
And then there are the classic spring bulbs
And yet more out in the woods
A nice surprise for me was to discover this rock garden plant that I put in two years ago after a Yuzawa Engei order from Japan. It’s original home is in the high mountains of Morocco so I’m glad it has chosen to flower here.
I always feel good when little Saxifrages are willing to flower in our garden troughs.
You can just barely see the little piece of tufa that Wrightman’s Alpines provides.
Another first time flowering for me is this little Clivia that I got from seed via the Pacific Bulb Society back in 2013.
It has a few years to go to catch up with our normal Clivia. But I’m more than willing to watch it try.
And since I began the last GBBD post with the first Adonis image of the year, I thought it only fair to end this post with another Adonis posting, this time of the very special orange one (even though this image is from three weeks ago).
I was afraid last year that I had lost this planting it was down to just two flowers, but it came back strongly this year — and I intend to take some seeds.
Adonis is one of my favorite flowers. It comes so vigorously at a time of the year when we have almost forgotten the joy of spectacular flowers. I have seen it flower even before this year’s mid-February showing but it’s very appropriate to have it kick off a Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day. I have every expectation that over the next couple of weeks there will be a number of Adonis appearing at our early Spring party. It’s been a long, long January into February so let’s see what else is here today.
Daffodils have a strong connections with Spring and for us this is the first one
And in the front yard I found one lonely crocus.
Last week I found a rare Eranthis blooming in the cold frame
I noticed today that there is now a baby showing in that same pot. Even more importantly I think I see buds for the same Eranthis showing in one of the outside beds.
At the same time the more common Winter Aconites are popping up all over the yard.
Last year I took some of these out to the forest and now they are showing in the woods as well.
At the same time I’ve been growing some of the more unusual cultivars.
It is surprising to me that the Cyclamens are also players in the early flowers game.
And even before the flowers show up the Peonies are starting to show color.
And the heather that I featured last month is still flowering. Cold weather does little to damp it’s winter enthusiasm. Also the Camellias that were so prolific in December are starting up again. They are simply wonderful.
Of course when we turn to the trees, we need to take note of the Witch Hazels.
We also have several contributions from the greenhouse
That’s about here for mid-Maryland in this year’s February. I think there is a lot coming in the next few weeks.
All the usual suspects are in bloom now for this April Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day. Daffodils everywhere, first azaleas, dogwoods, peonies opening up, and spring bulbs of every sort. I’ll focus on some of the things that catch my attention on a morning walk.
It’s hard not to notice the Kwansan double-flowered Cherry when you walk out the back door.
In the backyard the Epimediums are special right now. There are two in particular that came as mother’s day gifts from Garden Visions years ago and are now quite substantial in size.
Another Epimedium that I like a lot is the Wushanense variety with its red leaves and white flowers.
There are also several instances of Erythronium cultivars that add to the explosion of Trout lilies that surround the deck.
There are several spots where we have lovely clumps of star flowers
In addition to the Peonies that are imitating being in flower because of the falling quince flowers, there are other Peonies almost in flower.
The first of the Arisaema and Podophyllum are poking through the ground.
Especially nice was to see a return of the very rare Podophyllum x inexpectatum which I thought we had lost to animals.
The Camellias continue to dominate the flowering landscape
A new addition is the Loropetalum (marginally hardy for our area)
I should not forget the Adonis vernalis which wraps up our Adonis flowering
And the Iris tuberosa which has a nice flowering this year
One of my favorite small troughs features a very nice dwarf Daphne
If we go back to the alpine bed the reliable Armeria is nearing peak bloom growing out of tufa rock
And back in the forest there are many daffodils and the first of the Jack-in-a-Pulpit
In the greenhouse it is Spring in South Africa
It’s also worth mentioning that because we made an early start on the season in the basement this year we have been eating green salads for the last 6 weeks and the plants are even happier now that they can come outside.
We’ve also put the first tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants in the garden
There are flowers on the fruit trees, strawberries, and blueberries. Life is good…