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.