So what have I been up to? Of course, regular maintenance like weeding, mulching, transplanting, etc. And I've been working on repairing the pond. AND! I'm also putting in a new garden area! I can't wait to show it to you!
But for now, let's see what's blooming for this April's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Last April, I had a rainbow of colors blooming in my garden. This year, things are just now beginning to emerge. Take a look:
I purchased this clematis as Duchess of Albany, but I think it's Niobe instead. Either way, it's quite pretty.
The salvias are a hot spot for the bees.
Another purple beauty is scabiosa. This plant just can't be beat here. It blooms almost year round in my garden.
I love these Dutch irises. Notice the red dianthus in the background.
The Dutch iris bloom below is my favorite color. Again, dianthus (this time pink) in the background.
I have a couple of surprise blooms. First, a bleeding heart.
I have lamented for years that I have planted bleeding hearts (Dicentra spectabilis), but have never had any come up. I know why. I weed them out. This one was hidden behind a bush. I hope from now on I'll remember to leave it alone and not weed it out!
And the second surprise is my Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum).
It was a surprise because I forgot I planted it! I just love little fun surprises like this in the garden.
What else is blooming? Hellebores are still going strong. Hardy cyclamen still looks fresh. Pansies are loving these cool nights. Gaillardia is happily blooming. And my 'Bay Breeze' hawthorn (Raphiolepis indica) has just started to bloom. When they are in full bloom, they will be beautiful.
But for right now, these blooms are not making a big impact. Except for one - the beautiful crossvine (Bignonia capreolata).
Covering one entire side of my garage, it's quite impressive.
It'll be fun to see the changes in the garden from now until next month. I better get out there and get to work!