Wednesday, April 15, 2015

april bloom day 2015

Happy Bloom Day everyone!  Today is also tax day, and my refund arrives day.  Not even the rain is getting me down!  Even though the tulip show managed to fit itself in between bloom days, I have quite a few pictures to share, and not much time to type.  So lets get to it, and take a walk around my yard.

Shade Garden:
Just a few wide shots for perspective
Wild columbine & woodland poppy, 2nd year purple azalea, 3rd year double columbine
2nd year wild geranium, 2nd year trillium (woodland variety)

Side yard:

Bird's foot violet, spiderwort
Dwarf rock iris with wild fern, dwarf rock iri, rue anemone

 Front Yard:

1st year purple tulips
Late daffodils, dogwood & half of my front yard
 new-to-me confederate violets

Wild Azaleas:

The wild azaleas are so pretty and just smell so good.  The bees are so happy, and you can hear them as you walk towards the plants.  At my house, the white azaleas bloom first, followed by the pink.  Some of the older azaleas are taller than I am, up to around 8-10 feet tall.  I am continuing to clear out underbrush around them every year, and the habitat is expanding. I'd love to nurse back the grove that my grandmother always talks about from her childhood.

There's not a good way to photograph the blueits and capture the carpet that covers my yard.  My yard is mostly moss, and I only mow a few times a year.  This has allowed the blueits to take over, and I think it is so pretty.

You can also see that my hellebores are very happy with my shady home, and are well on their way to multiplying & establishing little colonies.

Ok, that's it.  Not bad for a quick post!  As always, thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers Bloom Day!! If you'd like to see more of what's blooming around the world today, stop by her blog.


  1. Wow! Spring is really bursting out all over! Seeing all that beautiful purple reminds me I need to add more purple to my yard.
    You even caught a bee on one of your blooms!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

    1. I was very happy to see so many bees in the yard when I went out to take pictures. They were on just about everything. I'm hopeful they will have a better season this year.

      The purple azaleas were a part of my find last spring when one of the big box stores had them on what I call super sale. I think they were $2 each, so I bought 7 total. It was a fun impulse buy that is bringing a lot of color this year.

      Happy Bloom Day to you too!!

  2. Wonderful blossoms! I enjoyed my walk through your garden today. Thank you for sharing it.

  3. One doesn't see many native azaleas on Bloom Day. Is your white azalea 'Alabamense'?

    I like the way you presented your flowers by color. I agree that Bluets need a presentation that shows what a delight they are.

    1. I wish I knew the botanical names of the native azaleas! They are truly wild, and have been on the property for as long as it's been in the family....around 90 years.

      Thanks for stopping by :)


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