For this Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, I am sharing a few photos that were taken last week.
The crocuses are fading fast, but they were a welcome sight to begin the gardening season.
Every year I plant more, and my efforts have been rewarded with some nice big clumps. I love these striped crocus--'Blue Pearl,' maybe??--and must remember to add many more of these this fall.
The daffodils first opened up on Easter Sunday, appropriately enough. The standard yellow NOID's are the first to bloom, but there will be many more of different colors and forms in the coming weeks.
One of my favorite small blooms of spring are these Scilla in the shade garden. I don't remember if I planted more last fall or they have multiplied somewhat, but either way, more of these will be ordered this fall, too!
The Hellebores have taken awhile, but they have finally opened up, too.
Part of a collection I ordered from a mail-order company several years ago, they're all "ladies" of some type--'Red Lady,' 'Green Lady,' etc.--but I really don't know which is which, because they're all either white or deep red/burgundy.
The warmer temperatures last week really jump-started the hyacinths, which went from tightly closed buds to fully opened blooms in a matter of days.
I'm still not completely finished with gardening clean-up. due to rainy days and some other commitments. But I couldn't resist planting a few pansies and violas in one pot.
One of the many delights of the spring are the surprises in the garden--surprises because I can't remember what I had planted the previous fall! I had completely forgotten I had planted a few more miniature narcissus near my miniature Japanese garden until they appeared a few days ago. On checking my notes, I found these are 'Topolino,'
Sasha kindly helped to show a sense of scale here so you can see just how diminutive these are.
Another surprise--some Chionodoxa, also known as "Glory of the Snow," under the lilac. Actually, these bloomed last year, too, but once again, I had forgotten all about them.
Another new bloom this year--and one I had also forgotten I had even ordered, much less planted--are these Iris reticulata. These are also planted by the miniature Japanese garden, and I think 'Harmony' is a perfect addition here.
But my favorite surprise of all--Puschkinia scilloides, or Striped Squill. I have admired these on other people's blogs for several years, and I can't believe I finally remembered to order some last fall. Ten of these little beauties are blooming now, and I think they'll need some more company next year.
As I said at the beginning, all these photos were taken late last week, because by the time this posts, I will be in Texas cuddling my youngest grandson once again--no doubt posting lots of photos on Facebook:) When I left, the lilac was leafing out, one flowering crabapple and the small serviceberry (above) were budding, and some tulips looked about ready to bloom. Who knows what I will find when I return next week? I am going to enjoy every minute of cuddling with Grandson, now almost four months old, but I'm looking forward to even more surprises in the garden when I return!
Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Garden for hosting GBBD each month and for her constant inspiration. I expect this month will see a host of people joining in celebrating the arrival of spring.