Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for April 2010.
If someone had told me that I would have dwarf bearded iris in bloom in mid-April, I would have had to check my zip code to see if my house and garden had moved south on me. But the proof is in the picture showing Iris pumila ‘What Again’ now blooming in my garden.
Near it is Iris pumila ‘Smart’.
What is going on around here? Spring seems so fast and frantic and in such a hurry this year! It seems that all of the blooms are a week to ten days earlier than in 2007. And earlier than in 2008. And earlier than in 2009. Many blooms that were blooming on this day in the past three years have already faded away, including Forsythia, Amelanchier, and Magnolia. You will see none of those pictured today.
In their place it seems we have everything else blooming at once, including apple trees and crabapple trees like this one in my front garden bed, Malus ‘Guinivere’.
The common and very fragrant lilacs, Syringa vulgaris, are in full bloom, too, including this one called ‘White Angel’.
Nearby is a Korean Spice Viburnum, Viburnum carlesii, which is also very fragrant. The lilac and viburnum are competing to get my attention all at the same time. Everywhere I look there are blooms on plants that I’m just not ready to have blooming! I need more time this spring.
I have decisions to make on moving and removing plants for the new garden design. Should I remove the Carolina Silverbell, Halesia carolina ‘Arnold Pink’?
Its blooms are interesting and unique and early this year – did I mention how early everything is blooming this year – and I’ve wanted one of these trees for the longest time, but half the tree is dead.
I don’t think I’m ready to let go of it quite yet, though, so I’ll trim out all the dead wood and see what’s left.
Even the weeds are ahead of themselves, including this dandelion, Taraxacum officinale, which has taken advantage of a microclimate near the house to bloom and set seed.
With all this early bloom in April, I can hardly see straight when I go outside, trying to decide what to do, what to move, what to leave alone, what weeds to pull, wondering if the heat will affect the sweet peas and garden peas and other cool season crops like lettuce and spinach. Though they are mere seedlings at this point, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if the spinach and lettuce was ready to bolt and flower with these warm, sometimes record setting hot, days of April.
All of this early bloom makes me feel frantic, like I’m Rip Van Gardener who fell asleep in early spring and woke up to find out it was summer. It makes me feel like I’m behind, like Lucy and Ethel working in the candy factory, frantically trying to keep up, but steadily falling behind.
But then I look around and I see the first buds on the Lily of the Valley, Convallaria majalis, and realize that though Spring has sprung quickly, not everything is in bloom and there will be more blooms to enjoy as the season unfolds.
It isn’t the showiest bloom in the garden, shouting out “look at me” like so many other blooms in the garden right now. Nor does it lure you closer with a scent that wafts through the garden like the blooms of the lilac.
It just waits to be discovered, to be admired. It slows me down, even in a garden that seems to be in a big hurry to bloom.
What’s blooming in your garden today?
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“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence