The second wave of crocus washes over the Crocus Bank. (c) Cadence Purdy
Looking over last year’s April Bloom Day post
, I see the same things blooming at pretty much the same time. The smaller-and-earlier species crocus are on the wane, but the later-and-larger Dutch crocus are definitely making a color statement. I’m thinking about getting more of these and extending the crocus bank further towards the road and maybe wrapping around. I don’t have to make up my mind now, but I need to take a picture of the area in question, print it out, and mark exactly where I want them to go, because if I do choose to plant more, I’ll need some way to remember where they currently end.
These Siberian squills have self-sown.
I planted these Siberian squills at the base of a dry-stacked stone wall, and they are thriving, multiplying by seed as well as by bulb.
The earliest daffodils are blooming, but there are plenty more to come. This particular clump came from bulbs that were already growing here, and I lifted them and divided them. I have no idea what variety they are.
This pink corydalis is larger than last year, but the color seems more washed out than last year. Maybe that 16F night we had earlier in the week changed the color.
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This ‘Spring Glow’ cornelian cherry seems to have a more upright habit than others I’ve seen. It is in full bud, but most of the individual florets are not yet open, just like last year.
The New Jewel in the Spring Garden
I have one flower blooming for the first time in my garden:
This is Hepatica nobilis. I bought it from Seneca Hill Perennials with the unremarkable name of Mixed Blues. There is actually more of a violet cast to the flowers; they are not quite as blue as the photo makes them appear, but they definitely are dramatic. When I ordered this one, I mistakenly thought it was the native species. It’s not, but it’s still a great plant for the early spring garden.
Inspired by the words of Elizabeth Lawrence, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year,” Carol of May Dreams Gardens started Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. On the 15th of every month, garden bloggers from all over the world publish what is currently blooming in their gardens, and leave a link in Mr. Linky and the comments of May Dreams Gardens.