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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day -- April 2013

Well, we have had some cold, blustery weather lately. It was hard to get my little ones to hold still in the wind so I could take their pictures. Fortunately, in some cases I can crop my hand out of the photo to hide the fact that I'm giving them a little help.

I anticipate the wonderful flowers of our native pink-flowering currant every spring, it's a favorite shrub. I posted about its virtues last year here.

This was one that I moved back in January, and it hasn't missed a beat. Some of the other shrubs that I moved are leafing out late, but not this one.

A few days ago I stood about 10 feet away and watched a hummingbird as it darted from flower to flower on this shrub.

I still have plenty of spring ephemerals flowering.

Native Dicentra formosa

Trillium ovatum, whose petals start out white and age to pink

Yellow fawn lily/Erythronium grandiflorum

White fawn lily/Erythronium oregonum

Purple Dodecatheon/Shooting star

Dicentra 'Gold Heart' is also blooming profusely

Cute little Viola labradorica

Prostrate rosemary



A different Euphorbia with an interesting flower

Hellebores are still looking good
White Fritillaria meleagris

Normally nodding purple Fritillaria meleagris is holding its head up bold as brass

My favorite hardy geranium, Geranium phaeum 'Samobor', is flowering, also despite having been moved when I reworked that back bed near the fence. I love the dark purple flowers, which match the dark purple splotch on its leaves.

Petals of Geranium paheum 'Samobor' are more recurved than other hardy Geraniums.

Daffodils, planted rather sparsely last fall, are blooming. I'm hoping they'll naturalize and fill in.

Anemone blanda, planted around the Daffodils' feet, are flowering now too and make a nice combo.

Our blustery weather beat some of the Daffodils into submission, so I cut them and carried them into the house to make a pretty vase to cheer up the kitchen. I didn't realize at least one has a nice scent (reminds me a bit of lilacs, but not so strong).

I tried to wash her pretty petticoat off, but she's a dirty girl.

Today, the fifteenth of the month, is Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, hosted by Carol from the blog May Dreams Gardens. If you follow the link, you will find plenty of posts from around the world, from other blogs celebrating a vast array of flowers.


  1. Lovely blooms. You took some excellent photos!

  2. Great pics. I love the deep color of the Geranium. I have a friend who lives near Seattle and he always sends me pics of amazing plants he grows. You must really love the climate for gardening there. Happy Spring!

  3. You have lots of pretties, but it's the pink flowering currant at the beginning that I like the best. It says Spring perfectly!

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  5. Fun blooms Alison! The purple Fritillaria meleagris with it's checker board pattern always tickles me. Once a daffodil decides to be a dirty girl, I guess there's no turning back.

    Love the new look of your blog! Is that a lonely little petunia in an onion patch?

  6. Fabulous captures of the Euphorbia blooms...and that rosemary shot is a stunner!

  7. I thought of you just a bit ago as I was doing my post of a few things in my yard, I don't have much of anything compared to your gardens but it is fun to share just the same. Everything is doing so well in your area, it looks like all of the rain has been good for everything.

    Thanks for sharing all of your blooms. xo

  8. Visiting your garden on bloom day was like visiting a garden in a far away land. All flowers that would not survive in Texas even if they had the right soil and rain. What a wonderful bloom day you are having.

  9. Your flowers are so pretty and your photos are amazing! Every flower more beautiful than the last. I love the rocks you have them up against.

    I killed a 'Samobar' Geranium a few years ago. I might try to grow it again after looking at your photos. Let's hope for warmer, dryer weather this week.

  10. Wow, you have a fantastic assortment of blooms. I like currant shrubs, the pink flowering currant is awesome. I have wild current and clove current. The trilliums, anemones, Erithronium, shooting star ... all wonderful.

  11. Nice images, especially that Euphorbia...

  12. I like your white fritillaria - quite unusual. And the euphorbias are such winners this time of year. Isn't April just delightful in the garden?

  13. Your plants all look so happy. Congratulations to them- they found a wonderful friend in you!

  14. You photos are all so sharp in focus! I find the Red-Flowering Currants so hard to photograph, beautiful. I just started growing Fritillarias, I hope they will make nice clumps eventually like your pretty white one. I once had a G. 'Samobor', perhaps that is why I keep seeing seedling Geraniums with dark blotches in the center of the leaves, I've been curious where they came from and what the flowers will be like. Isn't Spring great?

  15. The trillium is my favorite but they're all lovely! Our weather feels like yours today (Friday): chilly, gray and damp. Yesterday I was overheated in a tee & capris ... today I'm cold in long sleeves and jeans. What a weird spring!


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