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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day -- April 2018

It's the middle of the month again already -- where does the time go? That means it's time for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, when garden bloggers catalog what's flowering in their gardens.

First, a peek into the greenhouse, where there are a few blooms.

A fancy leaf Begonia has put up a few spikes of flowers

Golden rat-tail cactus (Cleistocactus winteri) has been putting out a succession of blooms on different "arms" for days

Alstroemeria 'Sunset Sunrise Sun Something or Other' which I have never planted out in the garden and is still in its nursery pot after two years -- perhaps it is time to give it away

And out in the garden:



Camellia 'April Kiss' and Ribes sanguineum towering over a 5 1/2-foot fence

Camellia 'April Kiss'

Camellia 'April Kiss'

Ribes sanguineum

This Primula has self-sown all over the bed
Including right into the middle of a sea of dandelions
Dicentra 'Valentine'

Brunnera all over the garden are flowering
I've been remiss this year in cutting back the old foliage on most of my Epimediums. Some look right atrocious, but others not too bad.

Epimedium x perralchicum 'Frohnleiten' with old foliage

A more delicate Epimedium with new foliage

Euphorbia 'Ascot Rainbow'


Fritillaria and forget-me-not

Dodecatheon looking a bit battered

Trillium ovatum, our native PNW Trillium, opened white on March 20, has aged to pink, plus our rain has turned the flower translucent, like fairy wings.

Corydalis lutea has sown itself into the middle of a patch of Dicentra formosa, and the leaves are so similar to my eye I can't tell where one plant begins and the other ends

Dicentra 'Gold Heart'

I forget the name of this poor rain and wind-battered Primula sandwiched here between Cyclamen coum and Cyclamen hederifolium

Euphorbia rigida


Oxalis oregana

I hope you have found plenty blooming in your garden on this April Garden Bloggers Bloom Day! Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts Bloom Day, check our her post here.


  1. Beautiful! Love the camellia!
    I have never seen an oxalis like yours - very pretty
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

  2. I see now that I am not giving my Ribes enough room. That is big! Everything looks wonderful, especially your camellias.

  3. Gorgeous blooms! I enjoy seeing so many pretty plants and flowers from your garden.

  4. My ribes 'King Edward VII' is about that high..although not as lush! This has been such a chilly spring..but the ribes seem to love it. I'm going on about 4 weeks of blooms so far! No blooms on my oxailis yet.. :) Happy GBBD!!

  5. Things are blooming out there but the weather has detracted from my interest except for what I can see from the house. Rain, please stop!
    Thanks for showing me your pretty blooms!

  6. The Ribes and Camellia combination is magnificent! I tried growing a Ribes sanguineum once - it was pitiful. I don't know if the water was inadequate, the summer heat too intense, or both, but it didn't last much over a year.

  7. Happy Bloom Day Alison.. your Dicentra 'Gold Heart' is what I hope mine will be some day, and you Manzinita is beautiful !

  8. You have such a way with Cleistocactus winteri, I adore the orange flowers with the golden soft spikes (and speaking of orange flowers if you do decide to get rid of the Alstroemeria I would happily take it off your hands...).

  9. Fabulous blooms! Looks like spring is doing well in your garden! : )

  10. Happy belated boom day! Lots of beautiful blooms in your garden this month. Spring has definitely arrived, even though we had record-breaking rainfall this weekend. The Primula/dandelion combination would be fabulous if we didn't consider the latter a weed. I planted two of those alstroemerias in my garden last year. New foliage was emerging when we had our big freeze and now I don't see anything. Maybe when the weather warms up they'll make an appearance.

  11. So many blooms! It is snowing and sleeting here this morning and seeing all your color is so cheerful.

  12. Gorgeousness! My favorite photo is the long view of the garden with the Arctostaphylos!

  13. "Ribes sanguineum towering over a 5 1/2-foot fence"... Goodness! It an awesome sight. I often see this flowering shrub in nurseries and think I should get one... turns out I don't have the space for it. The native Trillium is gorgeous; does it always turn translucent?

  14. Fabulous flowers, Alison. Your greenhouse plants look particularly happy. I imagine you are weary of gloomy weather, but it looks wonderful.

  15. I just saw Dicentra ‘Valentine’ for the first time at Cistus and now I’m noticing everyone is already growing it. Where have I been?!

  16. I didn't know about this PNW Trillium. And that Ribes sanguineum is really covered in blooms!


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