I am happy to report:
The crabapple trees put on a beautiful show:
And my crossvine is in full bloom:
As for the bulb garden, well, it looks a bit messy, but the Dutch Irises are beginning to bloom.
Hope Grows Day is hosted by Sweet Bean Gardening and these are the simple rules:
Post a photo of something in your garden that you are looking forward to in the next month. It could be a plant you're hoping to see bloom, a project you're hoping to do, really anything that you are hopeful to see/do in your gardens. Next month (on the fifth), come back and show us:
1.) the results of what you were hoping for, and
2.) what you are looking forward to for the next month
So, for next month, I am hoping that all my roses will be in full bloom. Some roses have blooms, but all of them seem to have buds just waiting to pop open:
If they all bloom by next month, as I expect they will, it will be a little early. But everything is a little early this year as we've had warmer than average temperatures. It may not seem like a lot to hope for, but my garden is filled with roses - it is definitely the majority stakeholder in my garden - so this will bring my entire garden to life.
And, of course, I am still hoping that the bulb bed will be a success. Since this is my first year with it, it is a surprise to see what emerges!
Since this is the first year for the bulb bed, I figure some bulbs are still getting their bearings. Like the above, aren't those cyclamen leaves? I think they were supposed to have bloomed several months ago. So, will they figure it out next year? This bed will probably be ever-changing for several years.
I did plant peonies in this bed, too. Was that a mistake? Will they get too big and shade out all the rest of the bulbs? I may never know. Peonies are not common in Texas, but I have "heard" (but never seen) that it is possible to grow them here. Do I have what it takes? Will they die before they are mature enough to bloom? All these questions won't be answered for several years.
That is part of what makes gardening such a fun hobby. You just never know for sure.