Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for April 2015.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, it is most assuredly spring and every day something new is blooming.
When I went out to take pictures for bloom day, I almost missed the pretty little blue flowers of False Forget-me-not, Brunnera macrophylla. The plants are hidden from view, but I caught a glimpse of them when a knelt down to take a picture of a nearby Hellebore, Hellebores sp. probably Helleborus orientalis.
I am amazed every year to see, again, how quickly the hellebores recover from their spring haircut, the removal of all the foliage that overwintered. Cutting back that foliage is usually one of my first post-winter garden clean up activities. They look like the dickens for a few weeks but then turn into a lovely clump of blooms.
Of course, I also have daffodils in bloom here, there, and everywhere.
I go through spells with daffodils. I like them, then I don’t like them. Now I’ve decided I like some of them, like the ones pictured above which remind me of pretty yellow butterflies. I do not love the big bright yellow daffodils, but I have some in my garden. Who doesn’t?
Flanking the gate to the veg garden, I planted two honeyberries last spring. Or two springs ago? Regardless, they are full of blooms even though they are still small shrubs.
|Lonicera caerulea var. kamtschatica|
Honeyberries are supposed to be good substitutes for those of us who live where blueberries, Vaccinium sp. struggle to grow. Our soil is just not acidic enough for them. (Of course, I’m still trying to grow some blueberries, but we’ll talk about that some other time.)
In one of the few shady areas of the garden some Fairy Wings are in bloom.
Most people know these as Epimedium sp., but when I found out a common name for them is Fairy Wings, well, of course, that’s what I call them. The garden fairies insisted.
Other blooms? Oh yes, violets, star flowers, glory-of-the-snow, serviceberries, tulips, and the Star Magnolia are all putting on a good showing right now.
And Virginia Bluebells!
And the very first columbine, a little dwarf variety, has its first bud.
It is definitely spring in my garden. If we can survive another month or so, we’ll be frost free and on our way!
What’s blooming in your garden in mid-April? Join in for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and show us.
It’s easy to participate. Just post on your own blog about what is blooming in your garden and then come back here and leave a link to your bloom day post in the Mr. Linky widget below, then leave a comment to tell us what you have waiting for us to see.
All are invited!
And remember the inspiration for bloom day, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence