Saturday, April 15, 2023

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, April '23

"The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also." --Harriet Ann Jacobs

My soul is revived on this Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. Many plants are blooming early this year, but looking back my pictures look remarkably similar to previous years. Comparing years is what is special about this meme. Thank you, Carol. Take a walk with me and see the miracle that is spring again in my cottage garden.

The cherry tree is in full bloom today. Snow Fountain Weeping Cherry Prunus x 'Snofozam'

We opened the pond. Robert is making some repairs, and it is looking great. I love miniature trees; I have four varieties around the pond. They look gorgeous in spring. The cherry tree is the first to bloom; next will be the weeping redbud.

Dwarf weeping redbud Cercis canadensis 'Lavender Twist'

I'm spending a lot of time cleaning up, pruning, and planting as I want my garden to look its best for the photographs for my book. I tire more quickly, and the hot weather (90 degrees F yesterday) makes it more challenging. I am happy more seasonal temperatures are returning this week. I am so grateful for Duane's help with the heavier work.

Arctic fire™ red twig dogwood Cornus stolonifera 'Farrow'

There are loads of daffodils still. Bottom right is my favorite 'Tahiti"

Primrose Primula vulgaris

April 19, is Primrose Day. It is said that the primrose was the favorite flower of Benjamin Disraeli, twice prime minister of England -- Disraeli died on this day in 1881 and Primrose Day was born. I have several of these lovely plants in my English cottage garden. They are just beginning to bloom.

Dianthus is new to my garden. My daughter gave me this beauty for Easter.
Fritillary Fritillaria meleagris,
Marsh marigold Caltha palustris

Marsh marigold is the first plant to bloom in the rain garden.

Here is the first tulip to bloom each season, Planted by my husband's mother more than 50 years ago.
Forsythia Forsythia x intermedia behind the fences in the Serenity Garden
I am so sorry to say goodbye to bloodroot Sanguinaria canadensis.

Bloodroot is one of my favorite spring blooming native plants.

Brunera 'Jack Frost' has its first forget-me-not type flowers
 Helleborus and Pulmonaria
Japanese andromeda Pieris japonica 'Mountain Fire' in the Woodland Walk

 I sprayed the hosta buds with deer deterent and I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Now I'm going over to Carol's blog to see what is happening around the world on this Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. Won't you join me?


Pamela x


Creeping Phlox, Phlox subulata

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  1. Such gorgeous spring blooms! I love that weeping cherry, it’s so pretty. And the daffodils! I could happily spend time soaking it all in, looks like a wonderful place to recharge.

  2. Your garden is beautiful, as always.

  3. So many beautiful flowers! You are way ahead of me, but all of a sudden things are starting to bloom - in addition to my hellebores.

  4. So beautiful!! It’s easy to see a lot of hard work and dedication was devoted to making every thing so lovely.

  5. I have grown some Snakes head fritillary for the first time this year and they are my new favourite. thanks for sharing your photos.

  6. Your garden is looking beautiful. The hostas are looking promising, fingers crossed that the deer deterrent does its work, it's the slugs which decimate my plants.

  7. Pam, your garden is a wonder. I love seeing things I cannot grow mixed in with things I can. Many hugs my friend.~~Dee

  8. It all looks beautiful, Pam! Those are some pretty special tulips to still be blooming after 50 years! I love 'Tahiti' as well; I know I used to have some here, but I think I haven't seen them in a few years. Interesting to know that there's a Primrose Day! I think your garden is a couple weeks ahead of mine -- up here on this hill, the snow stays a little longer and the temperature is just a little cooler (except for Friday when it did hit 92--yuk!) Good luck keeping the deer away from your hostas!

  9. You've got a lot of my favorites, but that patch of bloodroot is exquisite! I wasn't able to get it established in our yard. I think it is too dry. Thanks for sharing!

  10. My, how many flowers you had blooming in your beautiful April garden! Thanks for sharing them with us. Best, -Beth

  11. Dianthus, with that delicious waft of cloves.

  12. Isn’t spring just dream like? I bet it brings back memories of England. We’re leaning towards summer now, and my garden is just popping!

  13. I hope you are well. And the weather is kind to you.

  14. Hi Pam, I hope you well and are simply taking a planned break from your longtime blog. Best wishes, Beth