Monday, April 14, 2014

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - April 2014

April is here at last. Even though it hasn't brought many of its promised showers so far, we welcome it and rejoice that finally a few blooms are returning to the garden.


This old-fashioned and very fragrant petunia reseeded itself in one of the beds and I let it stay. Now it brightens that corner of the garden.


This wildflower called "Philadelphia fleabane" reseeded itself in the garden last year. It is a perennial and so it came up again this year and now is featuring these delicate little blossoms which I quite like.


I like to plant marigolds in the vegetable garden. Allegedly they help to repel some harmful insects and I just like the way they look there. These bloom in the tomato bed.


And, nearby, the tomatoes bloom, too.


They call it "autumn" sage, but, in fact, it blooms all year here, including the spring.


The amaryllises, like many of my plants, are late this year, probably because of the late cold snap we had in March, but finally they are beginning to pop.


This little dianthus, 'Early Bird Radiance,' has been in bloom well over a month now.


Some of the roses are beginning to bloom and the others will be joining them soon.

Here's the 'Double Radazz' Knockout.


This is a 'Dortmund' bud. When it is fully open, it is a simple single red blossom with a pale eye - very pretty.


This is 'Old Blush,' a dependable bloomer and one of my favorites.


 And this is 'Ducher,' also a very dependable bloomer.


 'Peggy Martin' is a bit late this year but will soon be covered in these pretty little blossoms.

Some of the gerberas are beginning to open up.




 This delicate little flower is on the 'Arapaho' blackberry.


This is Calibrachoa 'MiniFamous Royal Blue.'


The variegated potato vine is really planted for its leaves but it carries these rather insignificant little white blooms throughout the year. Notice their resemblance to the tomato blossoms above? They are both from the nightshade family.


'Tangerine Beauty' crossvine that I have shown you previously is still in full bloom.


And finally, in the shade of the magnolia tree, the yellow columbines are beginning to bloom.

It is always such a pleasure to visit blogs from around the world and see what is blooming in those gardens each month. Thank you, Carol of May Dreams Gardens, for bringing them all to us each Bloom Day.

And thank YOU for visiting my garden this month. Happy Bloom Day!

20 comments:

  1. Wow! Tomatoes and roses in bloom! I feel like I have suddenly stumbled into summer! You have so much in flower - I love the columbines too. Happy Bloom Day to you!

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    1. Summer comes early here. In fact, it often seems we go straight from winter to summer, but this year we've had an extended spring. Finally, though, the blooms are coming.

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  2. I am glad to see your flowers, almost all of them we are growing here very successfully. I assume the yellow columbine are aquilegia chrysentha which are native to texas and very heat tolerant, well they grow as late spring annuals here. Your gerberas and roses are very pretty.

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    1. Yes, that's my columbine. I am quite fond of them and look forward to their spring bloom. Thanks for dropping by!

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  3. Your blooms are so beautiful and gives us all something to look forward to in the warmer months. Your gerberas and roses are magnificent. Happy GBBD to you!

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    1. I am really happy to finally have a few blooms to show on Bloom Day! Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Happy GBBD! Its amazing to see amaryllis blooming out of the ground! Lovely!

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    1. I always plant my "Christmas" amaryllises in the garden after they finish blooming and they do very well here.

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  5. I can't imagine having tomato blooms this early! In my garden, I don't even dare plant them until mid-May, and the way things are going this year, we might have a frost as late as June:) I'm not convinced marigolds repel that many insects, but I still plant them in the vegetable garden, too. They add some pretty color, even if the bugs don't mind them. Nice to see so many lovely blooms; Happy Bloom Day!

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    1. Yeah, I think the rumor of marigolds repelling insects was probably started by the marigold lobby, but, like you, I love the look of them with the veggies. Reason enough to plant them.

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  6. How I wish old fashioned petunias were hardy in upstate New York. (And how I wish tomatoes were blooming - well, all in their good time.) Enjoyed all of your blooms. Sooner or later, spring will really and truly come to where I live, too. Alana

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    1. Hang on, Alana, I'm sending it your way!

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  7. I have learnt something about your climate today, way ahead of us in England. My tomatoes are still only about 3 inches high and they were sown back in February.

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    1. Summer arrives early and comes with a vengeance here, so we have to get our tomatoes in the ground at least by March if we hope to have time for them to produce before the heat overtakes them. I haven't had much luck with mine for the last couple of years, but I'm hoping for better results this year.

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  8. I too love planting marigolds in the veggie bed :-) You've got lots of lovely blooms in your garden Dorothy. I especially love the petunia that reseeded itself - no wonder you let it stay :-)

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    1. I've had petunias reseeding in my garden for years. I'm no longer even sure how they got started, but I do enjoy them.

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  9. Wow, you have so many things blooming all at once! I bet your garden is gorgeous right now.

    I've never seen the variegated potato vines before--neat!

    Those amaryllises are stunning.

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    1. The variegated potato vine is a favorite of mine. It is evergreen - or ever-variegated - and blooms throughout the year. It is a winner.

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  10. It is summer in your garden. What lovely roses and how wonderful to have Amaryllis growing in the garden. I always think they look silly in pots because they have such long stalks. You have so many colourful plants.

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    1. I do enjoy having the amaryllis in the garden. As you say, they always look a bit out of place in a pot, I think.

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