Thursday, April 14, 2016

April is the weirdest month

So after a lot of spring bloomers responded to the warm winter by flowering and leafing out early in March, we've been hit by deep chill and fierce winds in April. Who knows where we're going next, but I for one will not be surprised by a repeat of mid-May frost - don't put those tomato plants out too soon! I only had one serious blow from the weather - alas my poor kiwis - mostly because I've been too wimpy to plant stuff in it. My community garden plot is pretty empty...

Anyway, I do have a Bloom Day post this month, so here we go. Just photos and a very few words since I am too tired to look up all the cultivars or mostly the Latin. It is a riot of bloom out there (and today is beautiful).

Still have daffodils:

And the forsythia is still blooming, barely:

I don't have a lot of tulips left because squirrels and deer, but some of them are in bloom:

Redbud (the tree is tall now!):

Lilac, quince, Pieris japonica, and Mohawk viburnum:

Blueberry flowers that survived the north wind and freezing temps:

Epimedium and white bleeding heart (pardon the weeds, a phrase you can assume repeated throughout this entry):

Spanish bluebells, grape hyacinths, polemonium:

Virginia bluebells with bleeding hearts:

Bleeding hearts with celandine poppy - both thugs but pretty:

A friend is coming tomorrow to rid me of some of the excess celandine poppy, which as usual is occupying a good half of certain beds.

Packera aurea is starting to be a bit thuggish too but I don't care. I can dig it up and spread it around in sunny spots.

Another pretty thug:

A couple more daffodils for good measure:

And some pansies:

That's enough to be going on with. Happy Bloom Day!


  1. Erica,
    These are all so beautiful! My dicentra hasn't displayed any thuggish qualities yet--I've just been glad it's survived the past 2 years. I wonder if it's climate or soil--or something else?
    I really love all the variety of daffodils, as well. Happy Bloom Day!

    1. I put mine into very good soil in apparently the perfect location about 15 years ago, and they became shrubs after a few years, and then started throwing off babies. So now I have them all over my property (and so do my friends).