Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for April 2013.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden, spring is slowly arriving. How slow? I went back through all my bloom day posts for April, back to 2007. Based on my records, this spring is one of the slowest so far, perhaps as slow as 2008, if not slower. We are definitely way behind last year’s spring. Way behind.
But there are still many blooms to enjoy including these tulips and star flowers (Ipheion uniflorum) growing by the front step. I’m sorry to say that I don’t have a name for these tulips. I do know that from a distance they almost look like daffodils.
Since it is still early in spring, we keep our eyes to the ground to see grape hyacinths (Muscari sp.) blooming. I have some pink ones.
And the more traditional purple grape hyacinths.
These are really not in a good location. I should dig them and move them elsewhere. I might plant them in the lawn.
Out in the lawn, the crocuses are long gone but here are there are a few violas that I’m hoping will naturalize. Up by the house, several clumps of violas made it through the winter and look great now.
I was excited to find that where the redbud tree provided shade until it fell over last summer, some of the woodland wildflowers I rescued a few springs ago returned.
I love these spring beauties, Claytonia virginica. I’ve always watched for them, even when they didn’t grow in my garden, because they really do signal that it is officially Spring.
Oh, did I show you the ‘Lady Jane’ tulips?
Just one group is starting to bloom but there will be many more over the next week, which promises to be warm and spring like.
Across the way, Leucojum is in bloom.
If you squint at that picture you can make out some tiny Forsythia blooming in the distance. The forsythia and the Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata) in the front give us a chance to see some flowers at eye level.
Around the neighborhood, the Bradford pears (Pyrus calleryana) are in bloom. I have none in my yard, preferring to wait a week or so longer for the blooms of the Serviceberry (Amelanchier sp).
I’m also excitedly waiting to see the first blooms of the dogwood (Cornus florida ‘Cherokee Princess’) that I planted last fall.
What’s blooming in your garden in the middle of April? Is it a slow spring for you, too? Or is it right on time? Tell us by joining in for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, one of the longest running memes for garden bloggers, going back to February 2007.
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