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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day -- April 2017

It can't possibly be the middle of April already. It's still too cold and wet, for one thing. Time is just going impossibly fast.  I have too much to do in the garden, and not enough time and good weather to accomplish anything. I feel like the proverbial one-armed paper hanger. I'm doing plenty of weed-pulling and cleaning up, but I have no before pictures to share. It just feels like taking the time to take pictures is a waste.

I can't let Garden Bloggers Bloom Day fly past unmarked, however.

Trillium and Erythronium in bud
 I have a few different kinds of Primulas flowering, but I've lost track of what they are.

Primula veris(?)



Dicentra 'Gold Heart'

Dicentra 'Valentine'

Ribes sanguineum


Fritillaria meleagris

Lunaria annua


Ribes speciosum

Daffodil 'British Gamble' and Muscari


And in the greenhouse...

'Red-Headed Irishman' Cactus has a crown of pink flowers

I guess there's plenty of flowering going on out there.

Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Check out her post here.


  1. Those orange tulips are gorgeous! Happy bloom day!

  2. That is a great Epimedium. Do you know which variety it is?

  3. OOooooo I haven't seen the dicentra Valentine. I would love to get a hold of one of those. Happy GBBD.

  4. You have a LOT in blooms, especially given your miserable spring weather! Trillium, Epimedium, and tulips are impossible to grow in my area. Ribes sanguineum is supposed to grow here and the specimen I planted last year was looking promising 6 weeks ago but I'm already on the edge of giving up on it - I don't think it appreciated the gale-force Santa Ana winds we've had at intervals since spring started.

  5. Yes, there is lots blooming now! Lucky us to have such beauty in spring time here in the coastal PNW.

    Those tulips are gorgeous!

  6. Hi Alison! I love your swaths of daffodils and tulips. They make such a statement in numbers. Dicentra 'Valentine' is one on my list. It's hard not to keep adding more 'Gold Heart' because I just love that bright color in early spring. Happy GBBD & Easter!

  7. Drifts are so much nicer than singles, your narcissus and tulips are beautiful. I'm glad your weather has warmed up and that your spring flowers are now opening for you.

  8. Ribes is at the top of my wish list. I thought I had lost my 'Valentine' dicentra (I planted it in a bad spot last year - drier and sunnier than I thought) but lo and behold, it is alive. I moved it to a more inviting spot.

  9. I've been feeling the same way. No time to take pictures during our brief dry spells. Too much work to do out there! I love your Ribes sanguineum and speciosum. I have lots of little sanguineum that I planted last year, but it will be a couple more years before they bloom, probably. I bought two speciosum this year.

  10. I know exactly what you mean about time getting away from you...can't stop to take photos! Love those orange tulips.

  11. Love those Tulips! Looks like 'Ballerina', though a lighter shade of orange. Nice daffs, also. The Ribes speciosum is quite interesting, I've never seen a currant like that.

  12. So much prettiness in your garden right now. The daffodil and muscari combination is a favorite of mine and like everyone else, I love your orange tulips. Thank goodness the bulb catalogs are coming out now so we can all look for that one for next year. Can't believe it's the middle of April already. Like you, I feel like there's way too much that needs to be done outside and between weather, work, an my lack of motivation, very little is getting done.


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