Chin up, fellow gardener!
Finally, after looking down at blooms for the better part of Spring, because that’s where the early spring blooms are... way down at ground level... we can finally look up and see some trees and shrubs starting to bloom.
I think they are blooming earlier this year, and they are, but last year, I thought they were all blooming late.
For example, the crabapple, Malus ‘Guinevere’ pictured above looks like it would just need one good sunny day and it would be in full bloom. Last year, it didn’t bloom until April 24th.
This Korean Spice Viburnum, Viburnum carlesii, is already blooming back by the vegetable garden.
Yes, it smells wonderful, like a spring flower should. Last year it didn’t reach this point until April 22nd.
Elsewhere in the neighbors’ gardens, flowering pears, Pyrus calleryana, are actually finishing up their blooming. Last year, they were just getting going around bloom day.
Instead of a pear tree, I planted a serviceberry, Amelanchier sp., for spring blooms. It’s just starting to bloom now.Last year, guess what? It didn’t bloom until around April 19th.
I also think my Carolina silverbell, Halesia carolina 'Arnold Pink’ will bloom a few days earlier than April 23rd, which is when it bloomed last year.
All this early blooming and lack of good gardening WOO’s recently has me feeling like spring is just rushing itself a little too much, and I’d like it to slow down just a bit.
But that’s not likely to happen, just because I want it to happen, so I’ll take the blooms as they come, as fast as they come, and enjoy them as long as they are here. Too soon, these spring blooms will disappear for another year.
What else is blooming here at May Dreams Gardens?
At eye level…
Red bud (Cercis canadensis)
Red maple (Acer rubrum) (just finishing up)
Forsythia ‘Gold Tide’ (nearly done) and ‘Show Off’ (though it was kind of a dud compared to last year).
And the trees and shrubs I mentioned above.
At ground level…
Woodland violets, (Viola sp.)
Periwinkle (Vinca minor)
Species Tulips (Tulipa sp.)
Bleeding Hearts (Dicentra spectabilis)
Hyacinth (nearly done)
Glory of the Snow (just a few left) (Chionodoxia sp.)
Grape Hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum)
Star Flowers (Ipheion uniflorum)
Striped Squill (just a few left) (Puschkinia scilloides)
Lenten Roses (Helleborus orientalis)
Pansies and violas (of course!!)
And probably a few other spring flowers that I think are probably out there, but it is too cold, overcast, and damp to spend much time looking for them.
(Notice that violets are NOT on my weed list!)
And though it isn’t quite blooming for bloom day, I can’t finish without showing off the bud of a double-flowering blood root, Sanguinaria canadensis 'Multiplex', a passalong plant from Kathy at Cold Climate Gardening.
Like the crabapple above, it will surely bloom when the sun comes out again. Did I mention it has been cold and cloudy these last two days?
And that’s bloom day here at May Dreams Gardens!
What’s blooming in your garden today?
We welcome everyone to join us for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day whether this is your first time or your 27th time, whether you have a garden blog or some other kind of blog.
It’s easy to join in. Just post on your own blog about what's blooming in your garden right now, outdoors or indoors. You can include pictures, lists, common names, botanical names, whatever you’d like to do to showcase your blooms.
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“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence