Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Garden Blogger Bloom Day April 2010

April showers have made April flowers burst into bloom. Some are spring ephemerals, some are winter blooms that will soon disappear and some are the first blossoms of the summer bloomers that will continue, barring any totally strange weather, for months. I'd grow the favas above just for the blooms even if I didn't like to eat them! Rosa Cecile Brunner is brightening up the fence in the new little patio area.

Dutch iris have been blooming for some time and now bearded iris are joining in.

The supposed-to-be-but-not Fairy Wings spanish lavender is happy, but it doesn't have the longer 'wings' that made me want this plant.Salvia Dancing Dolls is the first of the salvias to perform this year. It will bloom for months and eventually be joined by other salvias.This yellow columbine is covered with flowers and buds and has begun to self seed in the area. Note to self: I should move a few of those plants elsewhere.
This stubborn foxglove will open tomorrow morning I suppose...

This little dianthus has lived on the sidewalk/driveway corner for years.

Cranesbill Biokova is blooming all around the garden...I use it for filler and groundcover since it is amazingly easy to divide.
Another iris in the front garden reminds me that I moved a lot of these last year...not too many have bloomed yet. I hope they are settling in and will bloom soon...or next year.
Butterfly Blue Scabiosa and allysum in the back garden.

One Rosa Lady Banks is blooming on the arbor and another shows off in the back corner. She'll need a little trim after she's done.
This little columbine has struggled to survive and after two years is finally blooming. This is the first columbine I've grown from seed and now the yellow columbine (planted as a 4 inch plant) across the garden is seeding itself much more easily than all the fuss I took with this one.
Garden peas are blooming and we've been eating them for a week or so. Not lots at once but enough to munch.
The wisteria show is winding down as it leafs out. I had to do emergency repairs to its hook system to keep it from falling off the fence this year after the fence was rebuilt. More will need to be done as well as some thinning as soon as the main bloom show ends.

Other bloomers not pictured this month include:

Wax begonias
Lavandula pinnata bucchii
Meyer lemon
Bearss lime
Anisodontea Hibiscus Bits
Solanum jasminoides
Anisodontea Elegant Lady


Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I just love your Wisteria on the fence! It's just fantastic. And your Irises are gorgeous. I wish the Dutch ones grew here.

Cindy, MCOK said...

Thank you for doing all the work to keep that Wisteria so gorgeous ... it means I don't have to grow one & can enjoy it vicariously!

Stephanie from said...

Some beautiful blooms you have there - your wisteria is TO DIE FOR!

Unknown said...

Everything looks so dainty and tidy and beautiful... I so love "visiting" your garden via this blog, Leslie.

And lol at the "stubborn foxglove" because I know just what you mean! Did it bloom today, right on cue? :)

Unknown said...

Nice pics! It's weird to have this wet spring, but my garden is totally loving it! My fava beans are now over 5 feet tall!

donna said...

I always enjoy stopping in here to visit your CA garden. Salvia Dancing Dolls -- I'd be tempted to plant it just because of the name.