Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, April 2016

Emerson wrote, "The earth laughs in flowers." (Full poem here.) In spring,  the earth seems positively hysterical.  This abundance of blooms makes the gardener giddy.  Too many flowers to show them all but here are a few.

Euphorbia wulfenii

Forget me nots came into my garden by themselves and grow around.  Some find them weedy but who can resist those sweet little blue flowers?
 Poncirus trifoliata

Paeonia delavayi puts on a brave face in it's hot dry position in my hell strip but would be much happier with a gardener who'd give it a nicer home.
Paeonia lutea var. ludlowii  is really too large for my garden and should also go live with someone else.

NOID tree peony.

Ribes speciosum

One of a few different Ceanothus.

Rosa sericea ssp. omeiensis f. pteracantha 
 Berberis darwinii

A hardy geranium. 

Dianthus 'Rainbow Loveliness'

Native mahonia.

Species tulips 

These nice orange Darwins are making a repeat performance this year. 

Tulips and Euphorbia 'Fireglow'

Pinky purple impulse buy tulips put in this year.  

Hey, a rose already!

A trio of weedy thugs: our native dicentra, scilla hispanica, and lunaria annua.  At least the latter is easy to pull and provides interest again in the fall.

Viburnum × bodnantense ‘Dawn’ has been blooming since November or December.  It'll finish soon. 
 The last of the mid-season daffodils. 

Epimedium wushanense.  Lots of other epimedium are also blooming. 

The first camellia japonica of spring is continuing to put out blooms.

It's been joined by many others.  Just a couple here. 

Bleeding Heart (dicentra) has a fancy new botanical name but I'm too lazy to look up the spelling. 

The undersides of the leaves of Rhododendron 'Wine and Roses' are an incredible wine color.  Mine is planted in an elevated pot so I can appreciate it by walking under the plant.  The flowers are nice.
 Crinodendron hookerianum buds growing larger.

Rhododendron 'President Roosavelt'

Some magnolia or other

 Choisya ternata 'Sundance'

Trillium sulcatum 


Always the first fuchsia to start blooming, this nearly white one blooms well into autumn and is now large enough to create a lovely arch above the path to the bamboo grove. 

On the fifteenth day of each month, Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day is sponsored by Carol at May Dreams Gardens .  Click here to check out what's blooming in gardens around the world.  Happy GBBD all!


  1. Wonderful!
    Happy Garden bloggers' Bloom Day!

  2. Wow ...what don't you have in bloom ? Many caught my eye but my favorite is the Ceanothus , I can't resist blue.

  3. Thank you for the lovely walk through your garden. Your blooms are magnificent! My roses are already blooming too. So early!

  4. I think the peony should reside with me! :). Do you grow the dicentra in sun or shade? I read conflicting advise. I just bought the red one called 'Valentine'.

  5. Good lord...and that's just some of what you have in bloom? Gorgeous man.

  6. It's all wonderful. So many blooms to see at your place. Happy Bloom Day.

  7. You are ahead of us with lots of lovely blooms that are still to come here. I always enjoy seeing what you are enjoying in your garden. April is a wonderful month for you. Loads of gorgeous flowers. Is it warm there?

  8. Love your sense of humour Peter, you have a great selection of beautiful flowers from your spring garden. Have a wonderful weekend.

  9. Happy Bloom Day, Peter! Wow, your Tulips, Fuchsias, and Camellias are serious eye candy! That Trillium is gorgeous, too!

  10. Wonderful blooms! Peter, how tall is your amazing fuchsia (last photo)?

  11. Can you believe all of the plants that are blooming together this year in mid April? It's all happening too fast.
    Great photos, lots of cool blooms.

  12. I'm of the opinion that nothing with blue flowers can ever be construed as a weed. Re Dicentra's new classification, if those botanists are going to continue this renaming craze, I think we should at least be able to establish some ground rules like: no new classification name can have more syllables than the original classification name.

  13. Amazing all throughout, but you blew me away with that last shot. Holy cow, that's beautiful! How tall is that Fuchsia? And what is it? I need one of those... gorgeous!

  14. My, what an amazing selection of beauties, you have so many! Your fuchsia is truly wonderful, just like a wall of little icicles. I have the same variety but cut mine back each year so it stays at 6ft, no sign of any flowers on mine for a while.

  15. A fuchsia big enough to make an arch? Incredible. As usual Peter, a truly impressive set of blooms!

  16. Happy GBBD Peter! I want to come see that fuchsia!

  17. Jeez, Peter, you win! And I'd love to see your smiling face photoshopped under that incredible fuchsia arch!

  18. Lovely forget me nots! I admire them on other people’s blogs and take the advice I got years ago of not allowing them into my own garden. But perhaps I will allow them in my front garden, hoping they won’t take over the whole plot :-) You have some amazing plants but that fuchsia beats everything easily!! Do you know its full name?

  19. It's all gorgeous but my favorite part is the fuchsia arch - wow!

  20. So many blooms in your garden Peter! I liked Ribes speciosum, viburnum, forget me not and and especially fuchsia, very pretty.
    Happy GBBD!

  21. Never say "bamboo grove" to us northern gardeners. It is too cruel. I just ordered P. Ludlowii.

  22. I'm overwhelmed by your slice of the hysterical earth.

  23. The fuchsia and bamboo picture is a stunner! I lost my Euphorbia 'Fireglow' last summer, possibly the hell strip wasn't the best spot for it... I'll have to try again.


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