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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

...It isn't raining rain, you know
It's raining violets...

...And where you see clouds upon the hills
You soon will see crowds of daffodils...

Welcome to the April Showers edition of Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day here at Tangled Branches North. I took advantage of a break in the rain yesterday to snap a few pictures.

Epimediums are looking especially nice right now, leavening the daffodils with their frothy look. Daffodils are very good this year. The earliest ones have faded, but coming on now are the tazetta and jonquilla hybrids with their beautiful scents. I cut some for a bouquet and the whole kitchen smells of jonquills (and Moroccan chicken soup).

The list of blooms for Tangled Branches North beginning with the photos above, top to bottom:
Old reliable non-spreading violet
Narcissus 'Geranium'
Dicentra spectabile
Mertensia virginica
Epimedium 'Neosulphureum' (presumed, lost label)
Narcissus (another lost label)

and the rest:
Narcissus: 'Salome', 'Yellow Cheerfulness', 'Kedron', and others
Muscari 'Valerie Finnis'
Muscari armeniacum
Anemone nemorosa 'Vestal'
Anemone apennina var. alba
Epimediums: E. pubigerum, and E. 'Milky Way (these are guesses due to lost labels)
Epimedium 'Purple Prince'
Viburnum x burkwoodii
Vinca minor
Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae
Veronica 'Georgia Blue'
Lunaria annua (variegated leaf)
Scilla siberica (fading)
Puschkinia sp. (fading)
Chionodoxa sp.
Cercis canadensis
Acer palmatum 'Glowing Embers'

I think that's it; may have missed a few while dodging raindrops. Blooms are running a bit behind last year's schedule. Previous April Bloom Day posts are below.

2006 pictures (pre-dates Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, but here for comparison)
2005 pictures
2004 pictures
my first blog post, 23 April 2003

I imagine there are many, many flowers to be seen as spring unfolds across the Northern Hemisphere. Check out May Dreams Gardens to see what else is in bloom today.


posted by Entangled at 8:32 AM ::: Permalink


Blogger Gail wrote...

The Japanese Maple in flower is are all your blooms. Capturing raindrops on the buds does make this rain we keep having a bit easier to take! (please, remind me of this whine when we are in the middle of our drought this summer!) I hope you have a lovely spring day. gail

9:29 AM, April 15, 2009  
Anonymous Andrew wrote...

Gorgeous photos! I just love violas, and I'm ever so covetous of your Mertensia. Every year I say I'm going to plant some... And then I forget. Maybe this year. :)

9:36 AM, April 15, 2009  
Blogger Darla wrote...

I think they are all beautiful!

9:38 AM, April 15, 2009  
Blogger chuck b. wrote...

I first mis-read "crowds of daffodils" as "clouds of daffodils"--I think both work. :)

Now I wish I'd looked a little bit closer at my maple when it flowered. Now it's too late; I'll have to wait until next year.

11:12 AM, April 15, 2009  
Anonymous jo wrote...

Six years of this blog: Homeric.
I love violets, and don't mind them spreading. The colour of yours is so deep blue. I wonder if you know which one it is.

Very festive looking post.I enjoyed my visit.

3:39 PM, April 15, 2009  
Blogger sweet bay wrote...

Lovely vivid spring pictures. Your flowers are beautiful.

10:10 PM, April 15, 2009  
Blogger Entangled wrote...

Gail: I'm planning not to have a drought this summer ;-) If only we could have the rain evenly distributed throughout the year...

Andrew: I love the Mertensia this time of year. We have a park near here that's covered in them. I didn't go see them this year, but this is how they looked last year.

Darla: Thank you!

Chuck: I thought the lyrics were "clouds of daffodils", but my internet source says "crowds". The maple flowers are pretty little things - I just noticed the Coral Bark maple is blooming too.

Jo: Homeric is how it feels sometimes. I bought that blue violet over 20 years ago from the Gurney's catalog, and it has never spread - just makes bigger clumps. It might possibly be 'Royal Robe', but that one is supposed to be fragrant and I've never detected any scent in mine.

Sweet Bay: Thank you! I hope to have more pictures when the sun comes out.

7:02 AM, April 16, 2009  
Blogger Annie in Austin wrote...

Virginia bluebells, Bleeding Heart and violets - just lovely, Entangled.

Guess since the previous line speaks of 'see clouds upon the hill', the daffodils had to be in crowds.

That first post was made on Shakespeare's birthday...on purpose?

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

8:42 AM, April 16, 2009  
Blogger Entangled wrote...

Annie: The first blog post was entirely on a whim. As I remember it, I was sitting outside on a gorgeous spring day looking at the garden and thinking "Maybe I'll start a garden blog..."

8:56 AM, April 17, 2009  
Blogger Carol wrote...

Interestingly enough, my blooms seem to be running a bit ahead of schedule this year. Great pictures, by the way.

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

7:48 PM, April 19, 2009  

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