Friday, April 16, 2010

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - April 2010

April brings an abundance of yellow to our spring garden when the daffodils bloom with gay abandon.

One of the most glorious sights of springtime in our garden is daffodils backlit by the afternoon sunlight.

It's breathtaking!

My dear husband planted this Forsythia at least 6 years ago and this is the first year we've seen it actually bloom with more than a handful of blossoms. It's certainly not overdressed, especially compared to some I've seen, but we're excited just to have branches bearing blossoms! Posted by Picasa

The little clump of Chionadoxa glows in the Rock Garden down by the road.

Glory-of-the-Snow is an easier name to remember it by.

The Lilac Garden is overflowering with daffodils.

With Scilla Siberica/Siberian Squill adding its beautiful blue.

It spreads easily and even shows up in the lawn. This little beauty can sew itself wherever it pleases. The more the merrier! Posted by Picasa

A paler version, but no less beautiful, is the Puschkinia/Striped Squill.

The little white petals have a blue stripe running through them.

I'm thrilled to see these pansies made it through the winter.

Arabis/Rockcress has just begun to bloom. It makes a pretty white carpet at the feet of the bleeding hearts which are growing rapidly and will begin blooming soon. Posted by Picasa

Last summer our niece gave me several plants from the old and well established garden that surrounds the house she and her husband recently moved into. Hubby and I made a place for them on the north side of the house where the new plants receive morning sun and afternoon shade.

Sanguinaria canadensis/Bloodroot is the first to bloom and I'm so excited to see it! The little flower is so pretty and I'm fascinated by the way the leaves curl around the stem.

Pretty Primroses are another new addition from Paula's garden.

Another white beauty is Oxalis blooming inside the house. The pink Abutilon is laden with blooms and Vancouver Centennial Geranium has also come through the winter very well and has lots of blooms.

Over by the vegetable garden the patch of long ago discarded daff bulbs never fails to make a cheerful display. Posted by Picasa

Grape Hyacinths are blooming next to the lovely pink Hyacinth and more daffodils
in the Rose-Clematis Garden, and the first tulips are about to pop open.

More Hyacinths are blooming beside daffodils in the Top Driveway Garden.

I love these pretty pastels. Posted by Picasa

And their  heavenly scent.

Daffodils everywhere!

Including a few old fashioned doubles.

The ever curious Hannah is my constant companion. Posted by Picasa

She likes to hide in the daffodils and watch the world go by.

Be sure to visit Carol of May Dreams Gardens to see what's blooming in other gardens here, there and everywhere on this mid-April Bloom Day.

Happy gardening everyone!


BernieH said...[Reply]

Your garden is certainly blooming ... so many beautiful flowers. I really do like those squills ... they are such delicate pretty little things. The daffodils are just stunning ... what a sight!

Lisa at Greenbow said...[Reply]

Hannah looks so cute peeking out from behind the daffs. Your garden is awakening with a big florifous smile this spring. Glad to see the forsythia joining in the party.

verobirdie said...[Reply]

WOW, your garden looks great with all those bulbs blooming.
I've put a picture of irises for you on my blog. You had me thinking with your comment on the soil of the hill. I tried to take a picture to show you places with richer soil, but the picture did not come well.
Anyway, it is true that the soil on the hill is very poor, mainly due to erosion following wild fires. The soil is good for olive trees and peach and apricots. Down on the flat land, they grow vegetables. Lots of vegetables like tomatoes, zucchinis, eggplants, mainly under glass houses (is it really necessary here, one can wonder). But they do not sell well due to the competition with vegetables from Spain and Marocco or even Holland. Farmers have a very bad time right now...

Tabor said...[Reply]

I will bet that you are first on the speed dial for bulb exchange meetings! My single teeny tiny forsythia sits now sits behind a wire cage since the deer find it delish.

sweetbay said...[Reply]

All of your daffodils and the surrounding countryside are so beautiful. The yellow complemented by the blues of the Glory-of-the-Snow, Scilla and Hyacinth are wonderful. What a treat to see these and a reminder that I really want to add some of these bulbs too. The picture of Hannah laying mostly hidden among the daffs is adorable.

kylieps said...[Reply]

That Hannah is a charmer, isn't she? Your waves of yellow flowers are beautiful!

Roses and Lilacs said...[Reply]

The forsythia were outstanding here this year too. Some years they don't do well, in fact about half the time they don't have a really nice bloom. Guess that's why I never planted one on the farm.

Your spring bulbs are just outstanding. Someday I hope to have a really nice display like yours. It may take years doing a little at a time so the expense doesn't bankrupt me:)

Stephanie from said...[Reply]

Look like spring is in full force!!

joco said...[Reply]

Hiya Kerri,
Your area seems to have caught up with the rest of the country. "Colors of the garden" all around now. I prefer my Forsythia sparse like yours is now. Some of them are so dense and in-your-face, like scrambled egg on a stick. No, this is much more graceful.The trees will be greening up before you know it. Don't forget to take a break now and then.

Pam said...[Reply]

Beautiful! I love spring!

Linda said...[Reply]

The flowers are waking up Kerri. They are so beautiful.
I have an Oxalis on my window sill. It nearly died - only had exactly seven leaves left - but it came back to life and is full of beautiful blooms.
Is it some sort of shamrock?
Your flowers always make me smile and feel so good. What a lovely gift you have.

teresa said...[Reply]

Everything looks so pretty. Nothing like the color of spring to brighten our spirits. I especially like the double daffodils. The bloodroot is really nice also. Glad everything is bursting out for you. Wish the weather would just get warm and stay that way. Snow showers tomorrow night? yuck!

garden girl said...[Reply]

A plethora of spring beauties Kerry! What wonderful gardens you have.

Anonymous said...[Reply]

You made it Kerri! The worst of winter is past, and glorious spring has arrived. Isn't it fabulous? I'm off to photograph my crabapples in bloom. Love them!

em said...[Reply]

hi kerri, i love the afternoon light through the daffs as well, and you've captured it here beautifully. what huge drifts of daffs you have! so beautiful! this weekend is rainy and cool here, delaying my planting plans. guess i'll just stay and and visit blogs!

Dee @ Red Dirt Ramblings said...[Reply]

Kerri, it's lovely to see what is blooming in your garden which is so different from mine this part of the year. I love glory of the snow especially with its common name.~~Dee

Anonymous said...[Reply]

It sure looks like spring at your place. Did you get any of that snow yesterday? We had it during the night, but, thank goodness. it didn't last much past daylight.

I like how you have combined your colors. Especially the blues and yellows. Perfect against the sky.

Meems said...[Reply]

Dear Kerri,
Catching any view from your beautiful land is glorious. The daffodils and the sunlight certainly do enhance an already beautiful scene! I'm not familiar with Siberian Squill but it is delightfully dainty and pretty, too. The hyacinths, clematis, and primroses are always fun to see since we can't grow them. It always amazes me how fast your flowers pop out of the ground when spring finally arrives for you.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...[Reply]

I loved seeing all of your flowers. The clumps of Daffodils are so pretty, I really like the doubles. The Spring lighting around the flowers makes them almost glow.

joey said...[Reply]

You have much to be thankful for, dear Kerri. Your blooming garden is lush and beautiful. We have waited a long time for this stunning spring!

Susan Tidwell said...[Reply]

your spring garden is beautiful as always, thanks for sharing!

*Ulrike* said...[Reply]

It all looks so beautiful! I love seeing what everyone has in their gardens. Plus sometimes I see something that I would like in mine, and it's nice to know the name! I'm usually, I don't know, grandmother gave me that one! or so and so!!

raji said...[Reply]

Spring has blessed your garden..what a beautiful array of flowers..(I never knew the name of that white flower, squill)

Needled Mom said...[Reply]

I love the beautiful spring bulds that have come back to life, Kerri. The "discarded" bulbs would be a welcome sight in my yard!!

The backlighting on the daffodils is breathtaking!

I am sure that the Forsythia will increase in blooms each year now. They are always such a pretty plant and really says "spring" to me.

Glad that Hannah is keeping you company out there. Does she work too?????

Michelle said...[Reply]

Isn't it amazing what the winter can hide. Your daffodils llok sensational - but my favourite are the purple crocus. happy spring gardening

Babara said...[Reply]

Dear Kerri
I don't know any other garden with so many daffodils as yours (I remember older posts showing them). For you it must be like sun would be shining everywhere...even on cloudy and grey Spring days which certainly exists in your place too ! Enjoy this wonderful and bright atmosphere...and do not work too hard ;-) !!

Mountain Mama said...[Reply]

your daffodil display is just gorgeous Kerri. After the long, bleak winter months they certainly do cheer us up! Mine are pretty well done for the season but I have thoroughly enjoyed them.
My white perennial candy tuft is bloomiing beautifully right now. I actually thought it would be blooming at the same time my new pink Rhody's and the Stella daylillie's but It looks like the latter two will be blooming later. I will enjoy them whenever they choose to bloom.
Thanks doe posting all the lovely pictures.

Dirty Girl Gardening said...[Reply]

Gorgeous pics.. were those taken in the morning?

Unknown said...[Reply]

It's fun to check in with you some ten days after bloom day, because at the moment that's about how far behind you I am, bloom wise. Our daffs all popped in the past few days (the early ones, that is) and the sanguinaria is just trembling in anticipation of opening today or tomorrow. Your garden just proclaims Spring! Spring! to me. It's wonderful.

Diana LaMarre said...[Reply]

Hi kerri,
Your spring garden is beautiful as always. So glad to see hubby's forsythia finally bloomed. Six years is a long just proves how patient gardeners must be!

Annie in Austin said...[Reply]

Lovely carpets of scilla and puschkinia, Kerri - such little gems!
Bet you already know this, but we learned back in Illinois that getting flowers on forsythia can be more dependent on Mother Nature than on the gardener - if winter temperatures get down to -14°F the flower buds will die on many varieties, even though the leaf buds will survive.

So glad you got your share of sunny yellow this year, Kerri!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Giddy said...[Reply]

Hi Kerri!

We are finally getting a rainy day and I can stay inside to catch up on my favorite blogs. Your spring blooms are just spectacular! I love daffodils and don't have nearly enough of them in my garden. I hope I'll still have enough enthusiasm left in November to plant lots of them. It's nice to note that Ross' forsythias are finally blooming.