Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - April 2008

Welcome to April 2008's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day at May Dreams Gardens.

I have news to report on the flowers this year.

They are late. Or at least they are later than last year.

By comparing the blooms today with those from a year ago, I can emphatically state that this year's April blooms are lagging behind last year's April blooms by a week or more in my garden.

All the Forsythia are still in full bloom, including my new one, 'Show Off', planted last fall. Last year by mid-April, they were finished blooming.

'Show Off' isn't very big yet, but I can tell already that it is a bloomer, as advertised. In a few more years, when it gets a little bigger, it will be a stunning blooming shrub. And guess where it is planted?

Over on the utility side of the house. It won't be that viewable from the street, but it will probably glow and be viewable from airplanes passing overhead.

The violets are starting to bloom.

Last year we had near record cold weather in early April which stopped the violets from blooming early and froze out quite a few other blooms. Some gardeners consider these weeds, but I don't. I let them grow here and there and wherever they want, within reason.

The red maple (Acer rubrum) is still blooming.
By this time last year, the bloom on the red maple had long faded, and the red bud (Cercis canadensis) had already finished blooming, too. But this year the red bud is just starting to bud out, so I didn't take a picture of it for today's post.

Closer to the ground, patches of Grape Hyacinth (Muscari sp.) seem to be about on schedule.

But the tulips are far, far behind last year and are just starting to show some buds, whereas last year in mid April they were in full bloom.
Did you notice that someone, let's call him Mr. Rabbit, has been eating the foliage on the tulips?

But even though many flowers that would normally be blooming now aren't yet blooming, I can still rely on the Helleborus to put on a nice show in early spring.
These blooms will hang on for quite a while. I think it is a good year for hellebores, overall, and this is the best this one has ever looked.

In some ways, a slower spring is nice for a change. Everything will bloom in its time, and there is going to be more time to enjoy the later blooms that are taking their sweet time.

And as the weather turns warmer, I can watch to see if the blooms catch up.

Here is a list of blooms in my garden today.

Forsythia 'Gold Tide'
Forsythia 'Show Off'
Star Magnolia Magnolia stellata
Red Maple, Acer rubrum

Daffodils, full size and dwarf (these were long gone last year at this time)
Iris reticulata (just one flower left)
Glory of the Snow (Chionodoxia)
Pansies and violas
Grape Hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum)
Star Flowers (Ipheion uniflorum)
Periwinkle (Vinca minor)
Striped Squill (Puschkinia scilloides)
Lenten Roses (Helleborus orientalis) pinkish-rose, and white

Woodland violets

What's blooming in your garden today? Are your blooms early or late this year?

Join us for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day by posting pictures on your blog or even just writing about what's blooming in your garden today. Then leave a comment here so we can find you, visit your blog, and make a fuss over your flowers. And if you don't have a blog or the time to write a post, leave your list in a comment here. All are welcome and encouraged to participate!

“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.”
– Elizabeth Lawrence


  1. I actually got my scans done early this month.

  2. Wow, but you sure made up for lost time Carol. It seems we are close to the same stage in blooms even if we had a very mild winter. What a huge gorgeous clump of hellebores. I'm posting early (for once) because I'll have a busy day tomorrow. Thanks again for hosting GBBD.

  3. You have such wonderful color in your garden. My violets are finished (I, too, let them run rampant), and I'm noticing that everything blooming for me is either white or yellow. Well, there are a very few grape hyacinths and Veronica peduncularis 'Georgia Blue' just beginning to carpet the east berm. See it all at and click on ricki's blog at the bottom of the home page. Thanks, Carol, for providing this venue. It focuses my attention in a way that my resolutions to keep track never has.

  4. Looks like you are at the same stage we're at here in southeastern Pennsylvania, Carol. I can't tell how it compares to last year, because I wasn't blogging at that point. I'll know next year, though! This year's blooms are up at

  5. I've got my Bloom Day post up. It does seem like many of the flowers that should be blooming are a little on the slow side. That's probably good since we are about to receive a pair of frosty nights. Hopefully that will end after Tuesday!

  6. I checked last year's post and several things are also later in Davis this year, although the majority seem the same. Odd, too, because we had a much milder winter this year. And I forgot to list the Italian parsley and raphiolepis on this year's post...anyway my post is up!

  7. I am glad there are places where spring may be later than normal, I thought it was too early for us. Can I give you my violets? Thanks for hosting.

  8. Hi Carol, my bloom day post is in one day early, I will be out on business trip tomorrow and didn’t want to miss it. That is cool flower on the red maple; we don’t get to see that here in tropics.

  9. Your flowers are getting in spring action, with more to come it looks like. We've had a cool spring and things are on a late schedule here this year. The snow on the buds didn't kept the blossoms from happening at least. Thanks for hosting! Paula

  10. Yes, everything is later this Spring. That stinks because I usually have tons of things blooming by the middle of April, including all my ephemerals. Your Forsythia appears to be living up to its billing - what a display for such a young plant! Mr. Rabbit visited my Tulips also, but I thwarted him before he made his way through all of them. That Hellebore is wonderful.
    I had to get my Bloom Day post up tonight because I have much business to attend to tomorrow, which stinks because I might have a Sanguinaria bloom tomorrow.

  11. Thanks for hosting, Carol. Since I wasn't blogging at this time yet last year, I'm not sure if we are early or late. Seems like we're early though, for some things. Or maybe I am more eager this year. I love your maple blooms - they are so beautiful, as are your hellebores and hyacinths and forsythia. Those regal yellow stalks are so dramatic. Nice that they are hanging around for you. I guess you may have a new perspective on our Austin posts after being here last week. Hope it brings back happy memories at

  12. I have daffodils!

  13. Great post!
    Love the quote at the end ;)

  14. I haven't checked yet to see where my flowers are compared to last year's, I'll have to do that. At this point I am just happy to have anything blooming after a winter that never seemed to end! My bloom day is up!

  15. It seems as though everything here is later this year, but last year I really didn't have the time to notice my garden as much, so I may simply be impatient this year.
    Daffodils and hyacinths are finally in full bloom at

  16. Hiya,
    Strange that 4000 miles East of you (in the UK) the season should also be a week or two later than last year.

    However, I would have been surprised if anyone had told me that there were 35 plants in flower in my garden today. Didn't have time to photograph them all. It doesn't look much seen from the house, but they are all there. Amazing. Those of you that can afford the time ( with so many great blogs to view), take a peek here:
    In Flower Now.

  17. I always had violets in my Southern gardens.I love them, even though they can be very invasive. My m-i-l had them all in her grass.

    I looking forward to the warmer weather!

    My bloom day post is up now too.

  18. Over here we are back to our regular flowering schedule. Last year we had a heat wave that started on the first of April and lasted till half May so everything was exceptionally early then.

    It's nice to see that garden is decked out in more and more blooms Carol! And I love it that you included dandelions in your list of blooms. ;-)

    My blooms are up too at for those who are interested.

  19. My first ever Bloom Day post is up..yippie!

  20. Forsythia is adding amazing color in the spring garden.
    It looks like we have a regular blooming schedule in Poland.
    My blooming post for April is available here:
    Ewa in the Garden: Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - April#links

  21. Hi Carol - lovely views of all your flowers as usual :)

    Here's my first ever attempt for GBBD:

    I hope everyone's enjoying their gardens today!

  22. Glad to see you are looking like spring, early or late. I agree with you, l is better.
    Mine post is up.

  23. Hmmm, there is something wrong with the code there, in the middle of the sentence, rats.

  24. Good morning Carol, you have some nice blooms in your garden. Our season is just getting underway but there is some evidence of a soon to be bloom at The Gardener Side

  25. Hi Carol,
    We're way ahead of you - our forsythia finished blooming and turned to leaves several weeks back - but the lousy weather we've had this month has suddenly put a brake on everything here too. But the constant downpour of the last two week will be positive in the long-term.

    My post is up ( and like every month I'm focusing on one plant in flower on the balcony. This month it's the most ubiquitous plant in Milan - sedum.

  26. This year has been much colder during March and April, I wondered if spring would ever really arrive! I love the sweet violet, I would let them grow where they like as well.. wish I had some.
    My post is up, happy bloom day!

  27. Hey, Carol, congrats on your nominations for the 2008 Mousies! Well deserved.
    And my little contribution to the Bloom Day is here:
    Also, a short post on GardenRant. Elizabeth's is coming soon, too. Susan

  28. My blooms are much later this year and a little on the sparse side especially compared to 2006. I am hoping for a better show in May. Thanks for your website.

  29. The latest Spring in 15 years, Carol! Very hard to find anything in full bloom right now although I've found a few. We're going to have a warm week so I expect my Spring show to start soon.

  30. As you know, violets are one of my favorite flowers. I want them to bloom wherever they want. I would like to see a purple carpet of violets. However, there isn't a single flower I dislike, (as long as it smells good) so I think I am pretty easy to please.

  31. Good morning Carol, I have posted my GBBD post today. You can find it in the garden...

  32. That's interesting to hear how much later your flowers are this year. Just think of all you'll have to show us in May! :-)

    My Bloom Day post is online now, too.

  33. Hi Carol,

    Wish my hellebores looked like yours!

    I finally have some blooms to share for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.


  34. I have added my first post for this Meme here:

  35. Carol,

    My Bloom Day post is up...I am out of town but couldn't miss this wonderful time with all of the Bloomers..I may not be able to comment as often as I want to:(...


  36. Carol, What a lovely event! I didn't want to be left out again, so I put up a post even though it probably just sounds like more whining about this incessant snow. I though I may at least provide some comic relief from my frustration.... Enjoy! LOL.

  37. Though the blooms may be behind schedule, it certainly doesn't take away from their beauty. Your gardens look lovely.

  38. Your hellebore is pretty impressive, Carol and the forsythia makes such a spring splash. It would be nice to find a few violets in my borders.

    It's technically spring here, but in Austin that means flowering vines and roses rather than tulips. Sure hope the bunnies allow yours to bloom!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  39. Ah, now I know what will bloom in my garden in the next couple of weeks!

    Everything is very late in my garden this year, alas:

  40. I'm on time for once and while you are late - we seem to be a week or two early - my lilacs are bursting and forsythia are well done. We are having very erratic weather -- up to 80 some days and below freezing some nights this week.
    Check out some of my bloom photos at:

  41. I hear ya on the lateness of flowers this year. I feel we are a couple of weeks off.

  42. Man, 41 Bloom Day posts already!? And I thought I was early.

    You've had a long winter, Carol, but your flowers will be all the sweeter when they finally do arrive en masse. Love those hellebores!

    My flowers seem to be blooming on schedule here in Austin. Here's my Bloom Day post.

  43. Hi all!

    Just discovered this, and it looks like fun!

    Here's my post:

    Right now I've got a few little Grape Hyacinths and daffodils blooming outside, and a Meyer lemon tree blooming inside.

  44. Hi, Carol. I've been gone for a while, but I have a post up for this month.

  45. Wow! Carol, this is going to be a big bloom day!! Isn't it great that so many are participating? After seeing your violet, I checked on mine-not yet. The new forsythia is beautiful. Every year I say I am going to plant one...maybe this is the year! I am adding mine to the rest of the bloomers!

  46. Hi Carol, Hooray for GBBD! I've put up my post. Your photo of your Hellebores could have been taken in my garden!

    Off to the garden, it's a-calling!

    Melanie @

  47. Here's a report of what's blooming in Florida on this unusually chilly day in April.

  48. Here's mine.

  49. Ooh, that forsythia is going to be a beauty when it grows up. The plants here look just about the same stage as last year, maybe a tiny bit later.

  50. This is my first Bloom Day. I don't have many flowers so not a lot is blooming but I am excited about the possibilities :)

  51. We're ahead of you, Carol (no surprise). But we are having an unseasonably cold spring thus far. I'll be taking blankets and bed linens outside tonight...

    I have hibiscus blooms, verbena, lantana, salvia - mostly annuals. That's it. Tulips are nearly finished as are Daffodils.

    Let spring take its time. We'll enjoy it longer.

  52. The cold snap last weekend has slowed things down a bit here and my Bleeding heart has caught the frost having come out too soon.
    I have just done a blog on my garden, mainly photos

  53. I just got my Bloom Day post up -- what a lot of material to work with now that spring's finally underway. I love seeing your comparisons with last year and look forward to using this Bloom Day as a good measure, year by year, myself.

  54. My internet has been down for a couple of days I have no pictures to share except one little daffodil I posted today.

    So I will share here.

    Daffodils and vinca are the only thing blooming. The crocus are done blooming but the tulips and iris are budding and look ready to bloom any day now.

  55. Thanks for hosting Carol. You've got quite a showing in your garden. My first Bloom Day and I had a little helper!

  56. Your hellebores look great! I agree with you on the merits of a slower spring...heck, all I had for Bloom Day was a houseplant!

  57. Carol:

    Bloom post is up before midnight! Will wonders never cease. Thanks for your organization skills.

  58. Carol, you have a long list this month! Count me in please and thank you! - my GBBD post is finally up. I'm head over heels for your hellebore by the by...

  59. 'Better late than never' - isn't that what they say? You do have some nice blooms in your garden now, and that's great!

    My GBBD post is finally posted - the internet has been very troublesome today!

    /Katarina at Roses and stuff

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  61. What a great show considering how cold it has been the past few days.

    Here are my blooms this week:
    April's flowers

  62. Hooray.

    You have been nominated for a Fork 'n Monkey Award.

    Visit and Vote here.

  63. My first Bloom Day, I’m excited to join in on the fun! -Anne

  64. My April Bloom Day entry is posted - a treatise on gardening for all five senses!

    Rachel @ in bloom

  65. like yours, our daffodils seemed to take forever!

    here are my blooms:

  66. Isn't it great to see so many participants? I can't quite figure out how to do a backlink, Carol, but my post is up at
    I'm intrigued that your garden is slower than usual. Ours is too, but given all the snow we had, and the cold winds off the Bay, it's not surprising. All these other posts give me something to enjoy and look forward to.

  67. Hi Carol. My post for GBBD is done (I almost missed it this month, I had to be reminded by yolanda's post that it was GBBD :-) )
    Your garden is getting full of blooms. I just love the violets, they seem so delicate. Are they fragrant?

    My post is at

  68. My post is up: Small Gifts. Congratulations on your nominations!

  69. Oh, and I meant to say that some things are blooming earlier, and some later, than last year. It's a mixed bag!

  70. I finally have flowers in my yard! Predominately yellow - now that I look at them - but flowers nonetheless! Garden Bloggers Bloom Day was exactly what I needed after a stressful last few days dealing with our taxes. Yuck!

    Here's my bloom post!

  71. Another Hoosier gardener here: we've got a lot of the same flowers in action. I've got pics for hyacinth, tulips, fritillaria, and bleeding hearts (although they might be cheating...)
    Thanks Carol!

  72. You have quite a list, Carol! I'm happy to report that I actually have some outdoor blooms for Bloom last!
    My plants are a week or more behind last year's too.
    I envy you your beautiful Hellebore. Mine (newly planted last summer) looks dead, but I keep hoping to see some life in it. We can't get our Forsythia to bloom!
    I love the violets too :)
    My post is up at Garden Blogger's Bloom Day - '08

  73. Thanks for hosting this Carol.

    I have a couple of antique roses in full.

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  75. It's not to late to join the party is it? My post is up at
    min hus.

  76. A little bit late as it is just past midnight. But my post is up.
    Thanks Carol

  77. gasp! That hellebore. It is awesome!
    Stuff is late in my garden also. It's more like March here. We had snow last night.
    My post is here

  78. Hi again Carol, I managed on time this month - hooray :-)

    What a list you have already. Looks like this month you are going to have the most participants yet! Congrats with that :-D

    I began GBBD in May last year but I did post some pics on April 13th and I agree that my garden is probably a week behind too looking at my Acers but my magnolia is much further behind. My tulips aren’t out either but they are new! Your hellebore is an absolute beauty :-D

    My post is up if you would like to visit :-D

    It is late here tonight but I am looking forward to browsing tomorrow :-D

  79. Aahh, it appears that spring has arrived almost everywhere!

  80. My daffodils bloomed just in time -- otherwise I'd have no blooms this time around! ;)

  81. It seems like new things are blooming every day now. It is great to stop once a month and see what's blooming in everyone's garden.

    Jan Always Growing

  82. Hello all, I'm joining, I'm joining! It's not a GBBD post, but my post shows you the huge forsythia hedge I have in my backyard.

    Please come visit...

    Thank you

  83. I'm a little slow, but my post is up now. Thanks, Carol.~~Dee

  84. My GBBD for Zanthan Gardens is up.

    Although this week has been cool (in the 70s), the weather has been very dry and the wildflowers are fading and going to seed very rapidly. I'm glad you saw it when you did. Another week and the meadow will be gone.

    I'm envious of your tulips, even if they are rabbit-nibbled.

  85. I feel like I have lots more flowers this year than I did last April, but then again, last April I was knee deep in newborn care so maybe I just didn't notice as much.

    Your forsythia will be a stunner when it gets big.

    Post is up at Kiss of Sun

  86. Wow, Carol, you sure have a big response this month. I think we are all so glad that spring has finally sprung!

    Here is my post for this month. The garden is still pretty bare, but at least there were a few things blooming.

  87. I've got many blooms this month. This is my 3rd month participating and my best one yet. I love to read what blooms everyone else has.

  88. It will take days to get through this list. What fun!
    Pollinators-welcome has an April bloom post ready.

  89. Running late as usual but I just posted my photos at

  90. Carol: Wow! You've got your work cut out for you... 89 comments so far. Are the tulips in this post some of the ones you planted last fall by your front patio? I think I remember you dug lots of holes for tulips??? I'm so envious-- to imagine-- tulips growing in one's garden-- the only way I get to enjoy them is if I purchase cut flowers and pop them in a vase!

    It is so cool the way you keep records from year to year of what/when you have blooms.It inspires me to extend my record keeping to include those details.

    To answer your questions... mostly seasonal blooms are right on time here in Florida.

    I almost didn't make the day but I finally had some time to work on my GBBD which is up now.

    Meems @Hoe&Shovel

  91. I too posted early. Intended to post today too, but was cursed with a power outage! I'm at a web-cafe, but neglected to bring the camera!

    Anyhow, I posted earlier as I simply couldn't wait for bloom day. I'll try to post a late post too, with cherry blossoms!

  92. Your red maple picture is gorgeous. I can't picture what the other phases will be. I don't think I've ever seen one bloom.

    I really, really wanted to do this today. But I'm a tax-procrastinator. All my free spring break time was spent gardening. So stuff.

    I'm going to post tonight or, more likely, tomorrow. I LOVE the concept of being able to compare on the same day from year to year. Brilliant.

    Thanks so much for the concept and for 'inviting' everyone.

    Also, a side question...I know and my blog is now on my own, hosted site using wordpress. I've noticed that MANY garden blogs use blogger/blogspot.

    First question:
    Blogger/Blogspot...same thing?

    Second question:
    I notice that most of the blogger/blogspot blogs I visit have all the options that you, open ID, URL, anonymous...but some just have google/blogger and open id. I've been signing in with my own URL when possible, but using my 'old' wordpress address on openid when I can't. I'm guessing that's an option people set up on their blogger/blogspot blogs? And the only way I can get a pic up by signing up for a google/blogger account?

    I know this is not 'bloom day' related, but I figure this is a post being viewed by people that can answer my thanks in advance.

    And I'll be heading 'home' now to start putting together my own bloom day post.

  93. All... WOW! Thank you to everyone who shared their blooms today. It is overwhelming the response. I visited a lot of blogs this evening, but haven't finished making the rounds. I'll return tomorrow evening and the next evening and get to everyone eventually. And then, if it works out, I'll post a link list to all the bloggers who joined in.

    The world is certainly a better place with all of our gardens blooming this April.

    Thank you!
    Carol, May Dreams Gardens

  94. Sliding in under the wire ~ daffodils & grape hyacinths blooming in my garden & that is it. :-(
    Everything is late here also.

  95. it is amazing to me that you take the time to visit each participating blog. and, it was so nice to get your comment. i had forgotten to link to your blog, or to even mention garden blogger's bloom day in my post, but i have corrected that now. thanks for doing this, it is nice to look at everyone's beautiful flowers, though i have only looked at a few so far...

  96. You have quite a long list, Carol! I'm making a note to myself that I need to add some early-blooming daffodils, and some of those crocus that you were stalking earlier in the year.

    My bloom post is up... better (a little) late than never!

  97. My post is up, with only 25 minutes to spare on the 15th. Good thing I'd already done my taxes!

  98. Here's what the garden in New Jersey looks like:

  99. I actually DID get a post done tonight!

    It's not perfect. But it's okay for a first effort.

  100. My list is not as big, but it's there;) Happy Spring.

  101. The wenches got their GBBD post up. And with 6 minutes to spare, before it's Wed. the 16th!

  102. I love your emerging violets - that captures early spring. I was in France for a long weekend and visited Monet's Giverny and another garden. Here's the link:

    Japanese Influence on French Gardens

  103. Your helleborus is gorgeous and it was nice walking through your flowers.
    The rabbit has been kind enough to leave leaves on the tulip. He is a nice guy after all :-)

  104. Hello Carol,
    The world certainly seems a better place with so many blooms all around.
    I had posted my bloom list yesterday and had left a comment on your blog, or rather, I thought that I have left a comment. In the process of posting it must have got lost somewhere as I didn't find it in your comment list today.
    Well then, I announce formally that my Bloom list is up too:-)

  105. Carol: Have you been up all night answering all these comments? This must be a record! Good for you and keep up the fun!

  106. Hi - do you do this each month on a certain date? New to blogging but I keep coming across this on various sites. Would like to join in next month - raining here at the moment no chance of any photos

  107. Hey, Carol! What a great idea you had! Thanks so much for organizing the Bloom Day. Looking forward to next month!

  108. . . .sigh . . . up here in the Perthshire Hills of Scotland we barely have daffodils.

  109. Hi Carol,

    My Bloom Day Post is up a day late. Thanks for the reminder!

    Your little sister,

  110. I missed it! I didn't know! But luckily my blog has a number of pictures of what is blooming. I'm in Indiana, too, and I can't wait for the tulips to appear!

    I'm new to blogging and (somewhat) to gardening. Since we're in the same spot, I'll definitely check back for info!

  111. Wow, 110 comments so far. Is that a record?

    I've been AWOL from bloom day posting for a couple of months, but last night I managed to get some pics up before midnight.

    Thanks for hosting, Carol!

  112. I missed it as usual, when opportunity knocked, I was right there in the backyard looking for four-leaf clovers ;-) But let me just say what a great idea this was, and although I managed to miss this a couple of times now, I'll hopefully remember next time. However I have also spent the first days of spring magic crawling around my garden and clicking away. You have a wonderful blog Carol, a place that will make any gardener browse for hours. Congrats to everyone on wonderful springtime shots and may there be many more.


  113. Carol,
    thanks for hosting this. It is such fun to see what is happening here and there. It is clear that there is more to what is blooming than the Zone designation. I think I've slid into zone 5 - and we certainly had a mild winter - a long winter - a snowy winter. So my blooms are snowdrops outside and thats all. a cyclamen and orchid cactus in bloom indoors at

  114. Late again...waiting on my iris to bloom, but there are still pretty thangs to enjoy around here. :)

    My Allium Schubertii has been a pleasant surprise - and survived recent tornadic winds!

  115. Golly,
    This GBBD thing has really taken off. Your hellebores are lovely. The good thing about having your garden bloom late is that you can enjoy it longer.
    I forgot about GBBD and finally posted it.
    I'm going to sleep now.
    Good night.

  116. Well, I just discovered you guys - but have been busily documenting the spring blooms for the past two weeks. The irises have been the star of the garden, but the roses are also beginning to bloom. This is my garden's 3rd spring - and I am SO pleased with what is happening. Shoot, I can even harvest a whole handful of strawberries at a time this year, instead of just 2 or 3 berries!

  117. I'm late! But then, so are the blooms this year. LOL. Here's my post for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day!

  118. Better late than never. I've added my April Bloom Day photos as a slideshow in the sidebar of my blog:

  119. I'm with Claire - Better late than never! Maybe I'll have it together in May! Here are my blooms . . .

  120. All right, here I am! :D


  121. Okay, my post is way, way late but I wanted to let you know so you can know how much I love participating in bloom day, even if I don't always get it up on time.

    I love your hellebores! Beautiful and so distinctive.

    I don't know how to turn this into a hotlink:


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