|Tulipa batalinii ‘Apricot Jewel’|
Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for April 2012.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden, it’s crazy, it’s mixed up. It’s different. It’s early.
These blooms don’t belong to this time. They belong to May. But since March grabbed April’s blooms, I guess April can grab May’s blooms.
Instead of the first of the tulips, we are enjoying the last of the tulips, a species tulip, Tulipa batalinii ‘Apricot Jewel’, which started blooming a week ago.
Right by the back door step, I have a little planter with some tiny Ajuga ‘Dixie Chip’ planted in it. It’s truly that blue.
|Ajuga ‘Dixie Chip’|
I’ll take that blue in the garden any day, even if it is weeks earlier than usual.
Along the edge of the patio, I planted Dianthus last year, several varieties, to provide a little continuity of bloom and soften the edge.
I bought these last May when they were in full flower. After this first flush of blooms, they will have a few blooms on them all the way until fall.
Another plant blooming early that will bloom from now until fall is Rosa ‘Radsunny’.
It is a Knock Out® rose. If you’ve been avoiding roses in your garden because you think they are just a big mess of blackspotted leaves, you should try this one. Clear, green foliage, all the way until fall.
If you also think lilacs are great big shrubs, try Syringa x meyeri, which in my garden stays below four feet.
|Syringa x meyeri|
It normally blooms in early to mid May, but here it is in April, blooming.
It’s crazy, it’s mixed up, but it’s what we have in April so we’ll take it as we move closer and closer to May.
What’s blooming in your garden today? Are the blooms early?
We welcome everyone to join us for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day whether this is your first time or your 51st time, whether you have a garden blog or some other kind of blog.
It’s easy to join in. Just post on your own blog about what’s blooming in your garden right now, outdoors or indoors. You can include pictures, lists, common names, botanical names, whatever you’d like to do to showcase your blooms.
Then leave a comment and put your name and a link back to your bloom day post in the Mr. Linky widget below, so we know where to find your blog and can visit you virtually and read about your bloom day blooms.
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence