Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for April 2023.
Here in my USDA hardiness zone 6a garden in central Indiana, we are having a bit of heat wave as we hit mid-April which means some gardeners are going to think they are in the clear, frost-wise, to start planting out tomatoes, peppers, and other garden plants.
Not so fast, I say, and so do the people at the local greenhouse who put up signs to alert people that we are not yet officially frost free, and all the plants inside the greenhouse are tender and won’t tolerate frost.
They’ve done their job by informing people… I watched as people still bought those plants.
Anyway, my crabapple, a variety called ‘Guinivere’ is blooming right on schedule. It almost always blooms around April 15th.
Flowers around the rest of the garden? Well, I think they are all blooming about the same time as in previous years. Here’s a litany of them.
Blooming side by side is a pearlbush (the white flowers) and a flowering quince (the red flowers). Underneath grape hyacinths have been slowly spreading (the blue flowers).
The ‘Lady Jane’ tulips are blooming with abandon in a garden bed I call Birds’ Blanket because soon the honeylocust tree will leave out and give the entire area partial shade while providing good spots for birds to sit and rest.
Underneath the crabapple tree in front, another tulip, Tulipa sylvestris is also blooming.
Let’s leave tulips for a bit and gaze upon the Virginia bluebells, Mertensia virginica.
Back to tulips. I don’t know the name of these tulips anymore but I know they are species tulips and are only about six inches tall. (Okay, my best guess is Tulipa humilis ‘Violaceae’ because I found that name on an order form from 2012, which tells you that this tulip, if that’s what it is, hangs around for a while.)
I never quite get rid of these summer snowflakes, Leucojum aestivum. They aren’t native and can be a big aggressive so be careful where you plant them. I dig them up when they show up where I don’t want them and have been known to toss out th bulbs.
Speaking of aggressive, I have lots of violets blooming around the garden now. I leave them be and just yank them out if they get to be too much.
(But really, can violets get to be too much? Not in my garden!)
Finally, let’s wrap this bloom day post up with one of many containers I’ve potted up with pansies and violas, and a bit of alyssum. They don’t like these hot days so I hope we return to a few cooler days before real summer arrives next month!
And that’s what I’ve got to show for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.
We’d love to have you join us with you own bloom day post—on a blog, on instagram, wherever—showing what’s blooming in your garden on or around the 15th of the month. Then leave a link and a comment to let us know what you have to show us.
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence