Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for April 2020.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in Central Indiana, spring has definitely arrived.
And so has a cold snap that could bring some frosty freezes back to the garden. It happens some years.
My biggest concern is the crabapple tree, a wonderful variety called ‘Guinevere’, which has just started to open its flowers. An ill-timed freeze could turn those blooms to brown.
Fortunately, I’m not trying to make a living off that crabapple tree the way orchardist are trying to make a living off of apple trees.
Elsewhere in the garden, the tulips are coming into a full bloom. I selected this grouping, the Princely Tulip mixture from Van Engelen, because I wanted to be sure they were flowering on Easter.
Summer Snowflakes. Leucojum aestivum really should be called spring snowflakes because they are in full bloom now.
Pansies. I always plant lots of pansies and violas, along with alyssum and snapdragons as soon as the weather allows.
Narcissus. I don’t know much about the various groups of daffodils, but I know I like these little ones that line the front walk.
Violets. I love the violets. I wrote a post about them just the other day.
Bleeding Hearts. Always a welcome sight in the spring.
Dorothy Borders says
Thank you, Carol, and happy gardening to everyone.
Happy Blooms Day everyone!
I think our gardens are currently just about in step with each other Carol, as I can see we have similar flowers. The epimediums are a first for me this year, but their blooms are a little shy for my camera unlike yours. Instead I have another new plant for the garden to share with you this month.
Then your garden will take off in the next few weeks and race ahead into your favourite month of the year 🙂
We are doing a little dance between winter and spring. We are supposed to get 1 to 3 inches of snow tonight. We are a bit behind you but enjoyed your tulips, and more. Thank you for the coming attractions! Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com
Lisa at Greenbow says
Your tulips are still looking good. Happy Spring.
My Gardener Says... says
Your bulb flowers are gorgeous. As I scrolled through the post, I experienced early morning oohs and aahs with each passing photo. I can't grow most of what you've posted, so I do appreciate your sharing these! Thanks for hosting–happy blooms!
Your garden is always ahead of mine which makes me a little jealous, but my plants are mostly stalwart, tolerating changes in the weather, temperatures rise and fall and so does the rain. I love your plants, and wish we had a flowering tree. We did, but the garden floods two years ago drowned it.
I love violets and violas too. Not the full size pansies though! Thanks for giving us this place to share our gardens.
Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening says
Your gardens are lovely Carol and I loved the video! Out gardens are pretty much in sync this April with Daffodils, Hyacinths, Tulips and Magnolia blooming. Thank you for the well- needed smile!
Love epimedium, they are such lovely dainty flowers. Most of our daffodils have finished now, we are onto the next wave of flowers. Our gardens are so important at the moment, thank goodness we have had the weather so I can be out working each day.
Kris Peterson says
I love the tulips and the Epimedium, neither of which I have any hope of growing. Not that my garden isn't overflowing with other kinds of blooms. Thanks, as always, for hosting GBBD, Carol!
danger garden says
Thanks for this bit of normality in an otherwise upside-down world!
Pam's English Garden says
Your April blooms are lovely, Carol. I'm concerned about the cold snap here too. Thanks for hosting at this stressful time. Stay healthy! P. x
Beth at PlantPostings says
Beautiful blooms, Carol. Thanks so much for hosting!
Thanks for posting the pretty flowers. I have Comfrey, bleeding heart, and daffodils blooming.
My garden has many of the same blooms as you this month – a bit ahead of schedule on the azaleas and a few other flowers – but so far, a nice cool spring that is not blasting out the blooms as soon as they open!
I enjoyed seeing your April blooms Carol. Have made a note of that attractive pink muscarii. Fortunately my crabapple 'popped' at just the right time. Thanks for hosting.
Your comment on snapdragons made me look to see if any reseeded from last year in my garden. I spied 2 plants that survived our mild winter.
Arun Goyal says
I envy the gardeners who can grow tulips effortless since I have failed in my attempts to get tulip blooms .That shot of bleeding heart is such dramatic .I too have always loved pansies with alyssum .Happy blooms day.
I hope your crabapple blooms remain intact! Our 'Prairifire' crabapple is magnificent right now. Happy Bloom Day, Carol.
Anna K says
Happy GBBD, Carol a day late. Gorgeous buds on that Crabapple…
Linda aka Crafty Gardener says
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Linda aka Crafty Gardener says
It has been a very long time since I joined in with Bloom Day. I have no idea why my thumbnail isn't showing as I picked one out. Love seeing the progress of your garden.