|Violets grown from seed, blooming on the 13th
Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for April 2014. Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, I think spring is running just a little bit behind previous years.
Not only is spring running a bit behind, but she’s putting on a pretty good impression of winter this week.
Yes, indeed. After providing us with a few days in the upper 70’s, causing all of us gardeners to go rushing outside to mulch and prune and survey the damage the horrible winter wrought upon our gardens, spring has decided to impersonate winter for a few fun filled days.
I see from Twitter and Facebook that gardeners across the US are gearing up for this cold. Some are covering plants and blooms. Others, like me, are leaving the garden to its own devices to figure out how to survive freezing temperatures.
After all, many of the spring blooms, like those on this hellebore, are used to surviving a chill or two.
And if the blooms aren’t tough enough to survive the cold, well, there are far too many to attempt to cover them up for a night or two. Plus, my garden and I survived the awfulest (is that a word?) April ever back in 2007 (Aught Seven!). This little cold spell ain’t nothing compared to that!
Anyway, before I gave the garden a pat and a kiss and wished it good luck, I ran out for a few minutes, braving a heavy mist and temps in the lower 40’s (Fahrenheit), to check out some of the blooms.
Out in front, the windflowers, an Anemone of some kind, were closing up their blooms to protect them from the cold.
They were prettier yesterday when they were fully open.
Some grape hyacinths were blooming, too.
Though, it’s hard to tell if Muscari blooms are open or closed.
The same is true of their pink counterparts in the back garden.
These pink Muscari are blooming in the same garden border as my ‘Chestnut Flower’ hyacinths which are so pretty I gave them their own post on Sunday. You didn’t see that post? Go check it out. I promise you, you will not be disappointed.
On Sunday, before the weather turned, I picked a big bouquet of daffodils to enjoy indoors. I left these stoplight yellow ones outside.
I’ll admit these are not my favorite daffodils. I probably got them in a big bag of mixed daffodils back when quantity was more important to me than quality.
In my later, more discriminating plant buying days, I acquired this little Narcissus.
It has a name, but I’m not quite remembering it at the moment.
I also have some passalong plants blooming in the garden, which deserve special mention.
Leslie of Growing a Garden in Davis gave me some bulbs for Spring Snowflakes, Leucojum. I don’t know when they bloom in her California garden, but here they bloom in April.
Jo Ellen, the Hoosier Gardener, gave me some starts of Virginia bluebells, Mertensis virginica, a few years ago.
They aren’t quite blooming, but there is enough color there for me to include them as blooms on this bloom day.
What else is blooming? Thanks for asking. Forsythia, the Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata), Spring Starflowers (Ipheion uniflorum) and some little violets, pictured above, that I grew from seed a few years back.
What isn’t blooming that was blooming at this mid point of April in past years? Thanks for asking. The common lilacs, my crabapple tree, and flowering pear trees in the neighbors’ yards plus some tulips come to mind as blooming by now in past years. We are behind!
Anyway, the next 24 – 48 hours will tell a tale about this spring. If we can get through this last bit of cold, I think we’ll be in good shape.
How is spring treating your garden? Are your blooms early, late or right on time? Are you in the midst of a cold spell? Tell us!
It’s easy to join in for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. 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.
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“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence