Welcome to Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day for April 2021.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, we’ll begin with my obsession of spring — the violas, pansies, and violets. This particular pansy is a ‘Frizzle Sizzle’ which is my new favorite variety. I love the ruffles, the distinctive markings, the faces!
And yes, I am one of “those gardeners” who lets the wild violets go wild in her garden.
Is that all the Viola sp.?
No, that’s not all!
At the local greenhouse I discovered Viola ‘Etain’, which is supposed to be a perennial in my hardiness zone.
I’ve also purchased Viola ‘Porcelain Paint’ but it isn’t flowering yet. (I found it on the wholesale grower’s website when I was
obsessively looking for more perennial pansies, and the greenhouse owner kindly ordered some plugs of it, too, so that I could have it in my garden.)
Of course, I have what I call “regular” violas. I planted some in a planter that wraps around the umbrella pole on my patio table.
And I also filled the containers around the patio with more violas.
I warned you I was obsessed with pansies, violas and violets.
Okay, one more violet, and then we should move on to other flowers.
This one isn’t in my garden. I saw it on in a wooded nature preserve a few days ago.
This is Viola pubescens.
Okay, that’s it for Viola sp., but don’t be surprised if there’s a future post dedicated to them.
Nothing says “April” in my garden quite like the flowering crabapple, ‘Guinevere’ for which I have only good things to say.
If you hear someone bad-mouthing crabapples, they don’t have ‘Guinevere’! This one has been a star, with zero problems for almost 25 years! Look at those flowers!
Elsewhere in the garden, there are tulips.
These are ‘Lady Jane’ tulips which will open to show white inside their petals. A lovely tulip.
Behind it is summer snowflake, Leucojum aestivum, which I warn you is a bit of a thug. (In fact, I’m digging a bunch of those thugs out this week.)
These are also some hybrid tulips I tossed in the ends of the raised beds in the vegetable garden.
As these tulips fade, those snapdragons and alyssum will take over. In fact, I might pull the tulips out once they are done flowering and plant them someplace out of the way to get them, well, out of the way of the snapdragons. Plus these hybrid tulips don’t always bloom great the second year. Since Easter is on April 17th next year, I want new bulbs in these beds so I will have a nice display for the big Easter egg hunt.
I can’t leave the April bloom day post without showing you some fairy wings, Epimedium sp.
I have some pretty yellow flowering fairy wings.
And some pink flowering fairy wings.
Now, how shall we wrap up this bloom day post?
How about with some pansies? No?
How about wrapping up with one of the blooms on Magnolia ‘Butterflies’?
It’s still not a big tree, though I planted it about three years ago, but you can see by the yummy, buttery color of the flowers that when it does get big, it is going to be a spectacular flowering tree every April.
What’s blooming in your garden in mid-April. Why don’t you participate in Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and show us? It’s easy to do so. Just post on your blog about the blooms in your garden and then come back to this post and leave a link in the Mr. Linky widget and a comment to tell us what you have.
(And if you tell me you have anything in the Viola genus, I’ll be over quick as you can say, Viola!)
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence