Plants, Stone, California Landscapes


April Bloom Day

Unidentified Freesia

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, Tellima grandiflora, Dicentra formosa

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.

Unidentified Allium

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.

Unidentified Orchid

Anita brought home this orchid after she divided my mom’s orchids several years ago. Not too bad.

Meadowfoam and Geranium Bill Wallis

Meadowfoam I planted on purpose. It’s one of our main spring bloomers, naturalized in several different parts of the garden.


Unidentified Babiana

We have a couple of different varieties of Babiana, in varying shades of purple and blue.

Cal Poppy

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)
Ceanothus ‘Concha’
Galvezia speciosa
Creeping Rosemary
Miner’s Lettuce
Fragaria vesca
Fava Beans (planted a month earlier this year)
Sisyrinchium bellum
Fragaria chiloensis
Salvia mellifera “Green Carpet”
Ceanothus Carmel Creeper
California Poppy
Dicentra formosa
Tellima grandiflora
Salvia mellifera
Oxalis oregana
Coreopsis gigantea (second flush of blooms)
Allium sp.
Wisteria sinensis
Wisteria floribunda (many blooms lost to a bird or mouse)

Light Bloom:

Triteleia (opening)
Snow in Summer (starting up)
Hebe ‘Patty’s Purple’
Fuchsia ‘Gartenmeister Bonstadt’
Crocosmia (finishing)
Narcissus (mostly finished)
Hellebore (weak bloom this year from our containerized one)
Culinary Rosemary
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)

8 Responses to “April Bloom Day”

  1. April 16th, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Brad says:

    Looks like a lot of your leftovers are nice additions to the garden.

  2. April 16th, 2011 at 10:11 am

    ryan says:

    Yes, well, it may not always be a complete coincidence when a plant is ‘leftover.’

  3. April 16th, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Gayle Madwin says:

    Beautiful collection! It’s nice to see a Tellima grandiflora actually blooming. Mine appear to have drowned over the winter.

  4. April 16th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Town Mouse says:

    Looks as if we’re on the same schedule. My fresias are kind of late this year, but for that the Ribes still has some late blossoms left.
    Happy bloom day!

  5. April 18th, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    ryan says:

    @Gayle We’ve found Tellima to be easier to grow in our coastal garden and more erratic inland. Some of the ones in my sister’s garden and my mom’s garden decided not to bloom this year, so you’re not the only one.

    @TM I think you’re right, we do seem to be on the same schedule. This freesia seems kind of late. One of our ribes did a long drawn out bloom, while the other barely bloomed at all.

  6. April 18th, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    lostlandscape (James) says:

    I like your woodsy corner with allium, dicentra and tellima. Their flowers are great, but the leaves really add to the effect. Your orchid is a cymbidium hybrid, but beyond that my orchid expert days are behind me… Happy belated bloom/tax day. I’m glad the tax version doesn’t fall on the 15th of every month.

  7. April 20th, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Scott Weber says:

    just lovely! I’ve been eyeing Geranium ‘Bill Wallis’ for a while…how does it perform for you?

  8. April 20th, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    ryan says:

    @James I really like the foliage of dicentra and tellima too. They’re two of my favorite foliage plants.

    @Scott Bill Wallis does great in our garden and everywhere else we’ve planted it. It’s great planted in the midst of other plants so that the flowers sprawl out through other foliage. It’s my favorite geranium.

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