April Bloom Day
Happy tax and bloom day everyone. I was set up on our front porch yesterday, enjoying the garden and the weather while I went through our receipts, and it was actually quite pleasant. Our garden is in full spring mode, with almost all of our deciduous plants leafed out and most of the spring bloomers in bud or blooming. For some reason, my photos this month mostly show stray plants that ended up in our garden after they were leftover from installations. As a result I’m a little more vague about their identities than usual. For instance, the freesia is from some bulbs that were salvaged in the process of building a path. We put them in some pots to find out their colors. Orange!
Allium unifolium we can identify, though they also end up in our yard as leftovers from installations. We have them in pots and in the ground. The ones in pots are all budding or blooming, while the ones in the ground are just starting to bud.
I don’t remember what type of alliums these are. We forced them in some containers a few years ago and then I forgot about them while they were in the ground recharging. The digging of the skunks has moved them around the yard a bit, too, so it was a surprise to me when they bloomed in a patch of Sysirinchium.
Anita brought home this orchid after she divided my mom’s orchids several years ago. Not too bad.
Meadowfoam I planted on purpose. It’s one of our main spring bloomers, naturalized in several different parts of the garden.
We have a couple of different varieties of Babiana, in varying shades of purple and blue.
This Cal poppy is in the veggie garden where we’ve grown a few different strains over the years. It looks like it has Mahogany Red in its parentage. For a while I was going in a purist direction with our poppies, taking it down to just the coastal form in our outer garden, but now I’m glad I left some of the hybrids around the veggies. It’s good to be surprised when the flowers open.
My thanks as always to Carol for hosting bloom day. Click through to MayDreamsGardens to find links to over one hundred and fifty other blogs doing the same. I try to keep a record of everything blooming, but I haven’t compiled the list yet. I’ll add it tomorrow or Sunday.
Reasonably full bloom:
Geranium ‘Bill Wallis’
Sidalcea malviflora (1 of 3 plants in full bloom)
Fava Beans (planted a month earlier this year)
Salvia mellifera “Green Carpet”
Ceanothus Carmel Creeper
Coreopsis gigantea (second flush of blooms)
Wisteria floribunda (many blooms lost to a bird or mouse)
Snow in Summer (starting up)
Hebe ‘Patty’s Purple’
Fuchsia ‘Gartenmeister Bonstadt’
Narcissus (mostly finished)
Hellebore (weak bloom this year from our containerized one)
Iochroma coccinea (starting up)
Allium Unifolia (starting up)
Freesia (one out of five still blooming)
Rocoto pepper (starting up)
Glavezia speciosa (light)
Mimulus aurantiacus (first four flowers)
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