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.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day April 2018

On the fifteenth of each month, Carol (Congratulations on the publication of your second book!) of May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.  It's a great way to keep a journal of what's blooming in our gardens and to take a peek at what's blooming in various climates around the world.  To see more, click here.  Here's a look at what's blooming in my zone 8 Pacific Northwest Garden this month.

The winter pansies have been troopers since they were planted in October. 

Potted tulips

I forgot that these were here but they've come back for a second year. 

More surprises that are at least four years old. 


M. 'Black Tulip'  and 'Elizabeth'  have  buds but aren't open yet. 


A carpet-forming Speedwell whose name slips my mind at the moment. 

Euphorbia wulfenii

Pieris japonica 

In addition to the violets in the lawn, golden violets are blooming in a pot.  I was afraid that these wouldn't be as tolerant of mowing.

In the greenhouse, Abutilon 'Victor Reiter' 

Scadoxus puniceus

Ceanothus is just starting to open next to the very red Ribes speciosum (not pictured) which makes a delightful color combination.



Inherited native Mahonia

Daphne odora

Akebia quinata 'Shirobana' has a spicy scent reminiscent of fragrant stock.

 Fritillaria meleagris

Grape hyacinths

The double primroses tend to come back for me better than the singles for some reason. 

Saxifraga  something or other. 

Sanguinaria canadensis 'Multiplex'




Hellebores are still blooming all over the place.  Here are a couple. 

Stachyurus praecox is just about finished for the year. 

Berberis darwinii
Happy GBBD all and happy tax day to those of you in the U.S.


  1. Wonderful! Beautiful!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

  2. We are so fortunate here in the coastal PNW to have so many lovely blooms in early spring. Now for a bit of sunshine, please!

  3. Sweet pansies - there are no happier blooms. All of your early spring flowers are lovely, and that magnolia is magnificent.

  4. Your garden is looking so good! I grew some pots of pansies my first year here, but haven't bought any since then to tide me over the winter. I really should do that again.

  5. Peter, your Camellias are gorgeous! and your tulips make me green with envy, they don't bloom here because of our warm winters :( Have a great week!

  6. I thought the magnolia was awesome. Then scrolled down and saw the camellia. Wow. But my heart goes out to the trilliums, oh how I've tried to grow them!

  7. Look at you, on schedule! I don't think my Bloomday post will be up until tomorrow. Love that white Camellia...

  8. Your Camellias are incredible. Sorry if I keep saying that, but every time you post about them, I swoon. :) So many things blooming for you! One of these days (next month?) I'll have quite a few blooms to share. Today, my garden is under a couple inches of ice and snow. Sigh. Happy GBBD!

  9. Not only do you have blooms, everything looks so healthy. Happy GBBD.

  10. So many beautiful blooms - it must be heaven to walk through!

  11. I can't get over the size of that red Camellia - or that of the lovely Magnolia for that matter. As for the tulips, I feel pure unadulterated envy. Happy GBBD!

  12. Your grape hyacinths look great. I found only one left still blooming and it was pathetic. Yours are still thriving, well, everything is thriving! Wow!

  13. Your dark colored, double hellebore is very stunning. Peter, I am always in awe of how many gorgeous plants that you have. That varigated rhodie was amaz-balls too. Happy GBBD!

  14. Happy Garden Bloom Day, Peter! Your garden deserves to be the best and the most colorful. Love your camellia and rhododendrons, also your Mahonia is pretty, mine was getting up the snow layer, but it survived well.

  15. It is always puzzling to me that my tulips return more reliably then daffodils. Euphorbia wulfenii has not bloomed even once since it was planted 4 or 5 years ago. It's due for removal this year. Your Daphne odora makes me weak in the knees!

  16. Your garden is wonderful Peter and I especially love all those beautiful blooms on your Magnolia, Camelia and Euphorbia. It looks like spring has definitely sprung!

  17. Wow, I've never seen such a huge Camellia! Love the red and yellow Pansies, also.

  18. I can hardly bear to look at all this lush beauty when my garden is solid white. I planted two Pieris last spring but I am not sure they will have survived this winter. Lord knows when the snow will disappear and I will find out.

  19. Wow, we easterners can only smile in admiration at your enormous camellia.


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