Never have I seen the garden begin to show itself in so many bits and starts. Over the past two weeks we have had warm days and cold days, and rainy days that transform the garden into a swamp. But I am so excited at what I have. I put daffodils here and there, in front of the house and in the main garden. Through no planning of my own they have different bloom times so there are surprises every few days.
Somehow only the white primroses have come through this past winter. I will have to add colors.
The snowdrops have been slow in waking up and blooming, but here they are.
The grape hyacinths were showing tiny tiny nubs of color on Sunday, Monday it poured all day, and yesterday I could see more color, and this is what I see today. I can almost watch them grow.
The fringed bleeding heart grows up against the southern house foundation. It blooms for quite a long time. I’ll have to make a note of just how long this year.
This isn’t a great photo of the Pieris shrub growing in front of the house. It has been blooming for almost two weeks. This shrub was here at the house when we bought it, and it is still not in great shape. I learned how important it is to deadhead all these flower clusters, a tedious job, because if you don’t deadhead, there are fewer flowers the following year and the dead and brown clusters are left, chastising me for poor care. I’ll do better this year.
In addition to the Bloom Day blooms there are flower shoots everywhere. Some plants are substantial, like boltonia and Jacob’s ladder and the daylilies, some are just barely poking up their heads, but they are telling me they are racing each other to see who will bloom next.
I thank Carol over at maydreamsgardens.com for giving us the ability to visit other gardens around the country – and the world and giving us the chance to share our own garden.
This is a PS for Bloom Day. This Double Bloodroot opened its blossoms later in the day. And see – another bud is push up through soil and wood chips. This has been a wonderful Bloom Day for us.