Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for April 2011.
Here in my central Indiana, USDA Hardiness Zone 5b, garden, April is like a reunion of flowers.
Since the last Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day in March, the blooms have been steadily arriving at this happy reunion from their journey through the seasons. I rejoice that they made it through that treacherous trip that winter always is. I marvel at each one’s story of survival through last year’s drought.
They arrive daily, first one and then another. Some blooms stay for days and days and I grow used to seeing them. Others come and go all too quickly.
All are greeted by these little violas, which were planted last spring, made it through the summer, overwintered, and now are blooming as brightly as anything else in the garden.
I noticed that all the blooms of April are arriving a little later than they did in 2010. Did the drought hold them up? They seem to be on about the same schedule as 2009 and are definitely ahead of 2008.
To a one, none of them want to recall 2007 at all, due to how cold it got that April!
There are daffodils,
The blues are represented by star flowers, vinca, and these grape hyacinths.
The trees make their presence known with the brightly pinkish-purple blooms of the redbuds (Cercis canadensis) and the white flowers of the serviceberries (Amelanchier spp.). Soon the crabapple blooms will arrive.
Malus ‘Guinevere’ has dark pink buds which fade to white when they open.
The weeds show up, too.
They try to blend in so it is less obvious that they really are crashing the spring reunion party.
While the Forsythia have come and gone, the first Viburnum to bloom, Viburnum carlesii, arrived just in time for bloom day.
But the first lilac, Syringa vulgaris ‘President Lincoln’ is still on its way.
This will be its first visit to this garden so I’m anxious to see it when it finally arrives.
And that’s how the April reunion of flowers is going here at May Dreams Gardens.
What’s blooming in your garden?
We would love to have you join in for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and show us. It’s easy to participate and all are invited!
Just post on your blog about what is blooming in your garden on the 15th of the month and leave a comment to tell us what you have waiting for us to see so we can pay you a virtual visit. Then put your name and the url to your post on the Mr. Linky widget below to make it easy to find you.
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence