Precocious Spring: Garden Bloggers Bloom Day April 2010

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violet blue hepatica flowers

Hepatica nobilis from Seneca Hill Perennials

I took a look at last year’s April bloom day post, and discovered that most of last year’s blooms are already gone. The crocus that were in their glory last April, are completely done with this year. The squills are at the end of their bloom. The Cornelian cherry that was merely in bud this time last spring is also over with, and the forsythia nearly so. The hepatica above is also done blooming, but it was so gorgeous I had to show it to you.

Early Arrivals

orange cupped daffodils

These passalong daffodils are blooming ten days earlier than usual

double bloodroot in full bud

These double bloodroots, now in full bud, normally bloom the last week of April

pink flowered corydalis

Corydalis solida 'Blushing Girl', another early bird

plum colored hellebores

All the hellebores are blooming, also early. This is my favorite

Also Blooming

  • Primulas
  • Mid-season daffodils (as well as the expected early ones)
  • hyacinths
  • glory-of-the-snow
  • last of the squills
  • Vinca minor
  • forsythia, fading and leafing out
  • grape hyacinths
  • Johnny-jump-ups (starting)
  • marsh marigold
  • Juneberries
  • the first dandelions

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.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

If winter is slumber and spring is birth, and summer is life, then autumn rounds out to be reflection. It’s a time of year when the leaves are down and the harvest is in and the perennials are gone. Mother Earth just closed up the drapes on another year and it’s time to reflect on what’s come before.

~Mitchell Burgess in Northern Exposure

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Dee @ Red Dirt Ramblings April 17, 2010, 4:54 pm

It’s a strange spring for y’all that’s for sure. Here, it’s the first normal spring we’ve had in years. I love springs without late freezes because so much more is going on. Happy Bloom Day Kathy.~~Dee

Daphne Steele April 16, 2010, 6:12 pm

I want everything pictured – but I am most jealous of your hellebore. Here (in northern Minnesota where, because I am close to Lake Superior I am considered zone four) I’ve only been able to get one white to really thrive. I’d love a pink or any color really b ut what ever I buy turns out white and marginally hardy. Any ideas as to where I might find a reliable pink or red which would be reasonably hardy here?

I love your blog and your attitude toward gardening. I only wish I had your energy.

Kathy Purdy April 16, 2010, 7:21 pm

Why don’t you go through my list of cold climate nurseries to see if any of them offer darker colored hellebores? I got mine from Seneca Hill Perennials, which grows zone 6 plants because of its deep snow cover (but also many hardier ones). I haven’t had a zone 4 winter in several years, so can’t promise the ones she sells would be hardy for you. Helleborus niger is generally regarded as the hardiest species, and that blooms white, which explains why you’ve had the most success with white flowered ones.

Melanie Watts April 16, 2010, 11:01 am

Lovely photos. Now all the snow has finally melted I expect some blooms in a few weeks.

Teresa April 16, 2010, 9:49 am

So pretty all of them, I love the Hepatica nobilis. Those are gorgeous. I love that purple blue color. Also the double bloodroot are really pretty. I only have a few things blooming but things are definitely ahead of last year. I just hope that wasn’t our summer that whizzed by a couple of weeks ago. The weather this weekend doesn’t sound so good. Have a great day! ps hope your birthday was great.

Melody April 15, 2010, 9:57 pm

‘Blushing Girl’ is absolutely darling in her pink ruffles:)
.-= Melody´s last blog ..April GBBD =-.

cityslipper (small kitchen garden) April 15, 2010, 8:30 pm

I love the hepatica… do you have a good recipe for it? I seem to be a sucker for little blue or purple flowers. I’m impressed that things are only ten days early for you. Here, some stuff is as many as two and a half weeks early, though not everything. It’ll be interesting to see when the hot weather plants kick in.
.-= cityslipper (small kitchen garden)´s last blog ..Small Kitchen Garden P*rn: Bloom Day, April 2010 =-.

Kathy Purdy April 15, 2010, 8:52 pm

I got the hepatica from Seneca Hill Perennials. I grow it in moist, shady soil, with leafmold in it. Is that what you mean by a recipe?

LC April 15, 2010, 1:33 pm

Love that double bloodroot… it’s added to my ‘wanna get’ list! Larry
.-= LC´s last blog ..Garden blogger’s bloom day… =-.

Katie April 15, 2010, 10:20 am

HEPATICA! BLOODROOT! I’ve totally forgotten how much I love those little spring ephemerals. LOVELY.

Happy Bloom Day, Kathy!
.-= Katie´s last blog ..Garden Bloggers Bloom Day April 2010 =-.

LINDA from EACH LITTLE WORLD April 15, 2010, 10:01 am

That double blood root is an amazing sight — even still in bud. I had one that died and am trying again but can only dream of achieving such a group. Pink corydalis is lovely and one I was not familiar with so thanks for the intro.

Kathy Purdy April 15, 2010, 10:29 am

Linda, I got the pink corydalis from Odyssey Bulbs, a terrific mail order source of unusual bulbs. If you order from him, tell him Kathy Purdy sent you!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter April 15, 2010, 9:20 am

A very strange spring we’re having. It’s interesting that your Hepatica is already done, while mine is still eking out blooms. What a glorious sight your double Sanguinaria patch will be in a few days.

Kathy Purdy April 15, 2010, 9:54 am

This is only the second blooming year for the hepatica, and it is not the native species (or strain, or whatever it is these days) but the European one. Or maybe I should go back and look again. There may be a last bud hiding in there.

A Garden of Threads April 15, 2010, 7:09 am

You have quite a lot blooming in your garden. Thanks for the tour. Have a great day.

Les April 15, 2010, 7:07 am

I am not a pink person, but I really like that Corydalis. I have a yellow one that has been the devil to ID, but I now know what it is. My on-line research has given me a greater appreciation of the genus. Happy GBBD!