Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - April '08

At last I have outdoor blooms to show for this month's GBBD!

We've been blessed with bright sunshine today, and I've been out doing a bit of clean-up work in the garden. A jacket is needed to stay warm in the cold wind that just won't quit, but it sure is good to feel the sun on my shoulders and breathe the fresh air!
The grass is greening up quickly now, and we'll be getting out the lawn mower sooner than we want to, I'm sure.

The dainty Snowdrops (Galanthus) are blooming their heads off....

......and the bees are having a ball!

Crocuses are opening their pretty faces to the sunshine.

There are 2 varieties of purple here. The flowers in the foreground are almost twice as big as the cute little blooms in back. Posted by Picasa

Bees are busy here as well.

A few large whites.....

......and some purple and white striped are scattered in other gardens.

The golden yellows...... Posted by Picasa

........positively glow in the sunlight.

Of course, I had kitty helpers. Here's Jasmine bossing the job....

....and Kaspurr, one of the barn kittens born last fall, just wants to be loved :) Posted by Picasa

Guess what began opening on Sunday? Yes, the first of the daffodils!

Just 3 are open so far.....

....with many more to come.

Here we have the pretty blue Scilla siberica (Siberian Squill), which looks lovely combined with the yellow of the daffs. Posted by Picasa

I found that a few Johnny Jump Ups have opened their sweet faces.

And let's not forget the Maple tree!

Aren't the blooms pretty? Posted by Picasa

You can find other Bloom Day posts by visiting Carol at May Dreams Gardens, who is our hostess for GBBD.

Happy spring gardening everyone!
Make that fall gardening if you're on the south side of the equator :)


Zoey said...[Reply]

Wow, Kerri, I am surprised that you have so much blooming already. My daffs are just poking through the ground.

I do have a couple of the purple crocus blooming, but nothing else.

I went out today for the 1st time and it did feel great.

I am looking forward to seeing your gardens and planters this year.

Annie in Austin said...[Reply]

Those bulbs are worth waiting for, Kerri - all the crocus are lovely but I'll choose the purple striped one as my favorite. If one daffodil opens the others can't be far behind - and we all know that you're a daffodil since it says so in your sidebar.

Happy Blooming Day,

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Lisa at Greenbow said...[Reply]

Oh Kerri, your crocus are just gorgeous. Aren't they just the thing to brighten a spring day. Your garden boss is adorable and who could deny love from Kaspur. Those sweet faces.

Anonymous said...[Reply]

Your spring flowers are so lovely. My snowdrops bloomed back a few weeks ago in the snow. Because of the snow, I will say that I didn't get to enjoy them so much.

Do I see Jewels of Tibet coming up behind the your beautiful crocus? If they are, I have some questions about them.

I love Jasmine's coloring. Such a pretty cat!


Rosemarie said...[Reply]

I love the flowers... but I also love the cat photos!

Needled Mom said...[Reply]

Wow, Kerri, it does look as though spring has finally arrived. The flowers are all so pretty poking their heads up through the soil. I just love crocus. That deep purple color is hard to beat. Thanks for showing us your flowers.

The cats look like they are glad spring is here too. I imagine they were just as eager to get outside and play a little.

Pam/Digging said...[Reply]

Everything looks so fresh and pretty, including that Jasmine flower. ;-) Yea for spring!

Lets Plant said...[Reply]

Your blooms are gorgeous!! Your blog is great too!! Keep up the great work!!

tina said...[Reply]

Jazmine and Kaspurr are blooming in the garden too!

Amy said...[Reply]

Everything is just gorgeous Kerri!

Susie said...[Reply]

All the spring blooms are so pretty Kerri!
My favorite are the crocuses. I don't grow those here and really enjoy yours :)
What sweet kitties you grow in your garden too!

Debbie said...[Reply]

Hi Kerri!
Just popping over from May Dreams Gardens. I am also a NYer...it is nice to see another northern gardener.

Your flowers are lovely and your photography really great! Love your garden helpers.

So glad I happened upon your blog.

Yolanda Elizabet said...[Reply]

At last Kerri! You have blooms for GBBD and such a wonderful plethora too. It seems that Spring has burst from your garden in one giant leap.

Love those crocuses of yours, they are such happy flowers, don't you think?

And what's that I see, two cute little kittycats that have come to enjoy spring in your garden too. Adorable, both of them.

Happy GBBD!

verobirdie said...[Reply]

Your garden is already full of colors! So nice to start a day!

Alice said...[Reply]

Oh, happy, happy day. Spring at last. Those purple and yellow crocus are so pretty, and your photos have captured the sunshine perfectly. Glad you were able to stay home and take advantage of the lovely weather.

Tina said...[Reply]

Oh, Kerri, how pretty!
What a difference a few miles can make - I'm still waiting for blooms. Of any kind! lol. I can't believe your maples are leafing out - ours don't even have buds visible yet.
My foolish WS'd containers are about half sprouted though, even with these ridiculous lows, so maybe it's a sign I'll be catching up pretty soon.
I can't wait until you get started on your containers for the year!

mss @ Zanthan Gardens said...[Reply]

I'm glad that spring has finally sprung in upstate New York. I really love the galanthus (which I can't grow) and the masses of crocuses (which I also can't grow). I'm glad that I get to see them in your garden, at least.

Barbara said...[Reply]

What a funny name "Johnny Jumps Up" for this lovely flower (we also have different, sometimes strange, names for violas). Your garden made a big jump from winter to Spring since my last visit. Enjoy this time, it is probably a short one and then it will already be summer (and also time for the lawn mower!).

Katarina i Kullavik said...[Reply]

Iäm glad to see so many lovely flowers - and busy bees - in your garden!

Layanee said...[Reply]

Kerri: Isn't it grand to see them finally blossoming! I always forget the maple flowers and they are so very lovely. The cats look like characters.

Blackswamp_Girl said...[Reply]

What wonderful spring riches you have, Kerri! Your post reminds me that I haven't noticed any bees around my place... one more reason to plant some crocus, as nothing else is blooming around here right now.

By the way, I would give that cute Kaspurr some love... and you gave him a fantastic name!

Nan Ondra said...[Reply]

Stunning crocuses, Kerri! They must be well-established (and well-loved) clumps. And just look at all the buds on those daffodils! You're going to be caught up to us in no time. Hope you're getting some time to enjoy the garden before the endless cycle of mowing begins.

Connie said...[Reply]

Thanks for visiting my blog.
All your blooms look lovely, but I think the crocuses are the prettiest of all....you got some great photos of them!

Carol said...[Reply]

Hooray for outdoor blooms. Doesn't it feel good to get outside again, even if you do have to wear a jacket.

Thanks for joining in for bloom day!

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Sonia A. Mascaro said...[Reply]

Gorgeous flowers as always!

Today I put on my blog also many flowers! If you have the time, come to see them!

Many hugs!

kate smudges said...[Reply]

Kerri, Your spring flowers have brightened up my evening. Suddenly your Snowdrops and Crocus are blooming and the Daffodils aren't going to be far behind. I hope you show pictures of the daffodil field when all in bloom.

It's always fun having garden helpers (I wish mine had little paws like yours).

Frances, said...[Reply]

Hi Kerri, how wonderful that you have blooms and such pretty ones too. I read your post and did not comment on the fifteenth due to the avalanche of post links on Carol's page. Thanks for stopping by again to remind me to come back and let you know how beautiful your flowers are and what a good job you did photographing the busy bees and wonderful kitties. I love that there is a boss and a lover, so funny!
Frances at Faire Garden

Giddy said...[Reply]

Hi Kerri,

So happy to hear you are finally out of the snow and ice like me. Isn't it wonderful to get out and feel the warm sun on your back while working up a good sweat in the garden? Jasmine looks as though she's having a wonderful time. Spike and Sluggo send their meows to her.

Weed Whackin' Wenches said...[Reply]

It's the beginning of Spring all over again. How wonderful! Looks like a happy little bee. And the most adorable face of Kaspurr just tugged on my heart strings. Your daffs are about to explode into riotous color. Can't wait to see an update of them in full glory. --Curmudgeon

Kylie said...[Reply]

Hey Mum! Glad you've finally got some flowers of your own to photograph. I plan on getting out a little later today to take some pics for you of all the things blooming in the conservatory garden- where the irises were.

Mountain Mama said...[Reply]

Lovely photos Kerri. You have encouraged me to ger more crocus and Siberian Squill. Those bulbs should be available in the fall. I love the blue color of the squill, and would like to see it with some pink primroses and maybe something purple too. You always give me the nicest ideas! Thank you.

Trudi said...[Reply]

Kerri how are you? Spring must have arrived with all those gorgous plants flowering now. Great photos and the bee has red pollen (little stockings). Is there anything better than the first spring flowers? After a long,cold winter! Happy spring days Kerri.

HORIZON said...[Reply]

I had lots of crocuses too Kerri but somehow when you blog about them l see them in a completely different light!!! You have such a love for the garden and it really inspires me :)
I've not been on the blog as much as usual with family matters etc. Have also been making the most of the clear spring days to get work done outside with my husband. The photo of the tree is lovely too- you can see the buds on our trees around the place now too- it gets exciting this time of year just waiting for it all to happen- although busy too with weeding etc.
My hubby grows cactus and would be interested in the garden post below.
take care dear Kerri.
I'm off now to start the cleaning.

Apple said...[Reply]

I'm sorry I missed spring. It seems I've come home to summer. lol It is so wonderful to finally be able to get outside. Your crocuses are lovely, I love the burst of bright colors. I'll be adding some scilla for next year.

Sandy said...[Reply]

Jasmine is such a beautiful cat!

After seeing the pictures of your crocuses I have to plant some for next year.

Inland Empire Girl said...[Reply]

It looks like our gardens are about at the same place. It is nice to see your cats outside again. I just wish crocus could last longer.