Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – April 2009

Helleborus x hybridus (double purple-red)

Yikes, it’s time for Bloom Day already, and I’ve hardly begun tidying up for spring. There are plenty of areas that probably would look stunning, if only I’d had the time to spruce them up a bit.

Helleborus x hybridus and Narcissus

Narcissus 'Tete-a-Tete' under Panicum virgatum 'Rotstrahlbusch'

Prunus (plum) 'Methley'

Eeew. Enough of that. All right,  Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my closeups now! Let’s start with the same ‘Methley’ plum above.

Prunus (plum) 'Methley'

Closer to ground level, Mellow Yellow spirea (Spiraea thunbergii ‘Ogon’) is in its pre-chartreuse stage.

Spiraea thunbergii Mellow Yellow ('Ogon')

And one more shrubby sort of thing (though a mini one): Erica carnea ‘Golden Starlet’. She’s not a wow-er in the visual-impact department, but she certainly wins the long-bloom category. She has appeared in every one of my Bloom Day posts since last December. Go Erica!

Erica carnea 'Golden Starlet'

Ok, let’s finish up with the boring white flowers so we can move on to some color. Here’s plant-worth-growing-just-for-its-name, a.k.a. mukdenia (Mukdenia rossii).

Mukdenia rossii

And finally, bright white grape hyacinths (Muscari botryioides ‘Album’).

Muscari botryoides 'Album'

That’s a lot of white all at one time. Thank goodness there are lots of Lenten roses (Helleborus x hybridus) for some color. Here’s a quick spin through some of my favorites.

Helleborus x hybridus

Helleborus x hybridus (picotee with dark nectaries)

Helleborus x hybridus (picotee)

Helleborus x hybridus (white with dark nectaries)

Helleborus x hybridus (double white)

One more kind of cool bloom, on seersucker sedge (Carex plantaginea)…

Carex plantaginea

…and an almost-bloom, on fernleaf peony (Paeonia tenuifolia).

Paeonia tenuifolia

To finish, two leafy shots, just because spring brings some absolutely awesome foliage along with the flowers: Camassia ‘Blue Melody’…

Camassia 'Blue Melody'

…and Fallopia ‘Devon Cream’.

Fallopia 'Devon Cream'

For more spring color in gardens around the world, head over to the main Bloom Day post at May Dreams Gardens!