Saturday, April 14, 2007









Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day April 2007

I felt an embarrassment of riches and a little guilty as I ran outside this evening just before dark to put together my list for tomorrow's Bloom Day and take a couple of photos despite the continuing drizzle. Embarrassed for the number of flowering plants and guilty because I feel like I have more than my fair share. Maybe in the heat of midsummer when things slow down here I will be jealous of the midwest and their burst of blooms. However, following the intent (I think!) of Bloom Day I will list it all so we can all continue to discover more about different parts of the world.
Alyssum
Pansies
Carnation: Dwarf Evermore
Iberis
Geranium Biokova
Forget-me-nots
Mallow
Scabiosa: Butterfly Blue , Pink Mist
Nemesia: pink, blue(Bluebird)
Cyclamen: red, white
Lady Banks Rose Single White
Lady Banks Rose Double White
several succulents
Dianthus
Dutch Iris: white, purple
Bearded Iris: Batik, Makes Sense, Speed Limit, white, purple
Snapdragons: pink
Bearss Lime
Improved Meyer Lemon
Verbena: pink
Geranium endressi
Rosa Caldwell Pink
Heuchera: Lillian's Pink, Canyon Pink
Salvia muelleri
Rosa Berries and Cream
Rosa Demitasse (miniature rose)
Salvia May Night
Lavender Trumpet Vine
Thymus: common culinary
Solanum jasminoides
Salvia: a pink/white variety and a red variety
Rhaphiolepis indica Ballerina
Tulbaghia violacea
Alstroemeria: old unknown pink variety
Parsley: Italian, going to seed from last summer
Verbena Tapien
Fibrous Begonia: white, pink

12 comments:

Naturegirl said...

Whaaaa!!I want to move to your state!Beautiful lovely blossoms ...the kind I dream of in summer!Here in my zone 6 in Canada I did manage to find brave early bloomers..it's so cold the ground still frozen in my garden!I need oven mitts not garden gloves to keep hands warm!
Come by and see but grab a ~warm sweater!~ How nice to see your blossoms! :)NG

Annie in Austin said...

Hi Leslie,
You have way more blooming than I do, but I was also feeling guilty about Austin having so many flowers in April. You're right - if we wait until mid-summer, the rest of the country will be the place to visit.

Your garden has a wonderfully dense and abundant feel, with the roses overlapping and what looks like a perennial geranium spreading skirts around the iris-type leaves.

Happy Bloom Day~

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Leslie said...

naturegirl...we do get off to a good jump start here...your turn will come!
Annie...that's the Biokova...not hard to keep under control but a definite spreader...from a couple of 4" pots a number of years ago it is now in lots of places in my yard (and my friends' yards!) since it is so easy to move. I love it although it doesn't like summer sun. And those are as yet unblooming iris...that area gets too much shade and I am slowly moving the iris out. They'll bloom way later than the rest. Having gardened here for almost 27 years it's getting crowded!

Blackswamp_Girl said...

I love seeing your embarrassment of riches! Gorgeous pictures--does this chilly Midwestern girl good. :)

Carol said...

Don't feel one bit of guilt about all the flowers, our day will come in the midwest, surely it will. When I looked at all your pictures I sensed that you really like pink flowers. Is that the case, or that is just what is blooming on this day?

Thanks for participating in Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

Leslie said...

Kim...glad to give you some color...I'll be looking forward to yours next month!

Carol...I guess I like pink because it seems pretty neutral and can go with lots of other colors...for a long time I've disliked bright yellow, orange and red so that left me cool colors. I'm beginning to sprinkle a little more color... although most of the red family colors are foliage.

Apple said...

Don't be embarrassed; enjoy them while you have them! I'm hoping for long lists in July & Aug. :)

Beautiful pictures, you've given us something to look forward to.

LostRoses said...

I agree that you should feel guilty, on the other hand that's what we get for not gardening in a warm climate. Lovely photos!

Gotta Garden said...

Let me join the chorus of no guilt! Your garden is wonderful and full of fun and color! It's a joy to see! Thanks for sharing it!

I like your About Me and the quote up top, too!

ericat said...

The blooms are delightful. That should lift anybody's mood. I also like your photos, very nice. I am not a good photographer so I always admire good photos.
We have hot dry summers in shades of brown. Then come winter with rain and flowers.
Visit my aloe wilderness blog for some of our endemic blooms.

Debbie Cline-Eck said...

Hello!

I too live in Zone 6 and would love to try Solanum jasminoides. I know it is supposed to be hardy only to zone 8. Is it an annual in your garden or does it make it through the freezing months?

Leslie said...

I'm actually in USDA zone 9...so it does make it through the winter fine with just a little leaf drop if it gets really cold!