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Friday, April 15, 2016

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day -- April 2016

It's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day! Here's what's flowering right now in my garden.


Zombie flamingo wearing Mardi gras beads amidst flowering rosemary


Geranium phaeum 'Samobor'

Pulmonaria and Uvularia

Lamprocapnos/Dicentra 'Gold Heart'

Epimedium wushanense

Ribes sanguineum

Erythronium oregonum

Erythronium oregonum

Dicentra formosa

Trillium whose name I've forgotten -- the flower never opens any further than this

Fritillaria meleagris



Lamium orvala

In the greenhouse, there is only one plant flowering -- a cactus. I've discovered with this plant, that I really have to stay on top of it. Only a few days previously, those big flowers were just tiny fuzzy nubs  barely sticking out of the plant.

Cactus flowers

So pretty!

Only a couple of days ago, they looked like this

Finally, here is yet more evidence of the general untidiness in my garden. Last year's flowers are still standing in some spots.

Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

Blackberry Lily


Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, on the 15th of every month. Check out her post here, where other bloggers from around the world share what's flowering in their gardens.


  1. My Uvularia never came up last year and I thought I'd lost it. I'm happy to report I saw one flower yesterday. Great pics!

  2. Love those little cactus flowers!

  3. What an abundance of blooms you have this month Alison. So many little special ones too. As usual your photography is amazing.

  4. You have lots of interesting things blooming.

    Maybe one day, a native Trillium will bring itself to my garden and take root. They grow well here, but I've never had one.

  5. That is the best garden flamingo EVER! Your floral collection sends me into fits of envy too. I love the Epimediums (maybe I really do need to try them again even if they technically don't DO zone 10b). Trout lilies are another I've tried - and failed - to grown in my climate.

  6. Erythroniums and Trilliums, two of my favourite woodland ephemerals, they are so beautiful! Your cactus flowers are so pretty too!

  7. We are right smack dab in the middle of the wonderful spring colors. So many blooms! Your gardens must stop people in their tracks :)

  8. Could there ever be a more fashionable flamingo? Perfect.

  9. This year the Rosemary has more blooms than I've ever seen! All your flowers look wonderful, lovely captures of the small Epimediums which I forget to photograph, Alison.

  10. Not untidy, simply a studied casual look that makes people feel at home. Everything is beautiful but the Pulmonaria and Uvularia combination is amazing!


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