A Celebratory Bloom Day

  • Post published:05/15/2010
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These late daffodils have just started to bloom, but all the others are pretty well done.  And I am celebrating having more than bulbs to declare on this Bloom Day. I do still have a few grape hyacinths blooming, as well.

Barren Strawberry

Barren strawberry, Waldsteinia, is one of my successes. I bought this native groundcover at Nasami Farm spring 2009 and it is spreading nicely. They did so well I bought more in the fall. This is part of my effort to do away with lawn.  More plants will go in this spring.

Boule de neige rhododendron

Because I wasn’t paying attention I was amazed to see that Boule de neige has its first blossom, with buds showing color, as are the Rangoon buds, in a rich red. The rhodies are coming into bloom a little more than a week earlier than last year.


It is lilac season. This is an ancient tall, very tall, white lilac that was here when we bought our house. Although so many things are a week or more early, the lilacs are opening very very slowly.

Beauty of Moscow

As you can see Beauty of Moscow is just barely opening. Ludwig Spathe is even more reluctant to open to the slightly warmer spring days.

Once again there are quince-like coral blossoms on the cotoneaster, name lost, and the apple trees are losing their blossoms. The Sargent crab is no longer a pink cloud. Many less glamorous plants are in bloom: chives, horseradish, blueberries, a lone primrose, violets, johnny jump ups, dandelions and ajuga in the grass. Buds are fattening. This will be a fantastic wisteria year, but not yet.

Thank you Carol at May Dreams Gardens for letting us share the progress of the seasons across the  country.

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  1. min hus

    I love the daffodils. I need to plant some late daffodils, I can’t get enough of them and they’re gone in a flash…

  2. Pat

    min hus – I love these poeticus. And when I was at Tower Hill I learned that all the pink shades in daffodils come from the tiny red rim in the cup of this variety. Magic in the garden.

  3. Lisa at Greenbow

    There is indeed magic in the garden,especially this time of year.

  4. Rose

    I love these Poeticus, too! My daffodils are just a distant memory now. It’s interesting to see all the different timing of blooms across the country–you are several weeks behind us, though my spring bloomers would have enjoyed our cool May weather right now much better than the very warm April they had to endure.

    Waldsteinia is a new plant to me–does it grow in sun or shade?

  5. Jen

    Wow – how fun to see a white lilac!
    Do the poeticus daffodils smell wonderful? If so, they might be the same ones I have that bloomed a couple of weeks ago…I wasn’t sure what they were called.

  6. How pretty those Poeticus daffodils blooms are! I bet your garden smells terrific now.

  7. Pat

    Jen and MMD – the poeticus narcissus are indeed fragrant. Wonderful.

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