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What’s Boom Boom Blooming

It is mayhem around here. With the new gardening jobs I have neglected my own which I vowed wouldn’t happen! This weekend is for my garden no matter what. Besides I have a tour happening Memorial Day weekend and the place has to look good! (Insert loud, languishing scream of torment here.) Trays of plants waiting to be planted, piles of mulch and stone waiting to be dispersed and there is that lesson from last year haunting me – you will get the edging done in Spring. It heckles me every day. At least we now have a running lawnmower – we have yet to mow the lawn as it was in for repair. (Sigh) someday, there won’t be any lawn to mow.

All in all, despite my neglect, I still so enjoy my garden and things are boom-boom-blooming!

This morning's view

This morning’s view

The Serviceberry, Amelanchier Laevis, is just about done blooming – but I captured its blooms a couple days ago. I wish the blooms would last longer – maybe when the tree is older? Anyway, I am just glad I didn’t miss the first opening. It usually blossoms right around Mother’s Day and we usually travel to see Mom.




I love the Woodland Edge in Spring – it is my favorite with the morning sun streaming through it. There are many woodland flowers, bulbs, shrubs and understory trees (including the Serviceberry), but I still want to add more – especially some wildflower ephemerals.




Gravetye Giant

Gravetye Giant resembles a Snow Drop but is larger and blooms later.


I love pairing fern fronds and flowers.


Woodland Tulip

Did I mention it is very windy here today? We always seem to have wind like Wyoming. Thus, some of my flower shots are a blur. There are wild violets everywhere, but at the tip of the new Hosta Row I came across this white one. Isn’t she a beauty?

whitevioletAt the edge of the compost, a Celandine Poppy is blooming. I am not sure whether it is Chelidonium Majus (European) or Stylophorum dyphyllum (a North American native) since I do not have both to compare them side by side. These volunteered in my yard and well, a lot of invasives like to volunteer in my garden so I’m betting on Chelidonium. I’ll know for sure when the seed pods form. How do I know this? Kathy Purdy of Cold Climate Gardening recently posted on the Celandine Poppy – as usual, an excellent and informative post.

caladestinepoppyIn the Bird & Butterfly Garden my favorite Daffodil is blooming. I apologize, I don’t know the name of it, but it smells delicious!

Smells delicious!

Smells delicious!

Also blooming everywhere are the friendly forget-me-nots. I have even spied a few pink ones here and there!


I love this combination of Forget-me-nots and Creeping Jenny.

There is a lot of flowering action out front where I don’t often go. I haven’t even finished cleaning up last years stalks but that is not stopping anyone.


The front “river wave” of blooms.


Dwarf Iris

Tulips and Creeping Phlox

Tulips and Creeping Phlox


Lady Jane Tulip

Lady Jane Tulip

I had visions of looking into a beautifully branched flowering tree from my front porch view (instead of into the street). This little tree has grown very fast and I can already see the tip of it from the porch. (I used to have a Cornelian Cherry here that was not happy and has since passed on, unfortunately.)

front porch view

View from front porch.

This year, this tree that I thought was a cherry but might actually be a crabapple, will be blooming! This tree started as a seedling in one of my window boxes from when I used a few branches with a beautiful red berry on them for my winter display. I thought they were cherries but there is no evidence of black knot gall which is prevalent here and affects most of our cherry trees. I guess I will know for sure if this tree fruits this year.


The unknown cherry or crabapple tree with blooms for the first time.

The Purple Prince Crabapples will also be blooming any day.


Purple Prince Crabapple blooms

Around the side of the house where I rarely venture, Spice or Clove Currant, Ribes Odoratum, is in full bloom. I can smell those blooms all the way into the house!


Spice or Clove Currant

On the other (shadier) side of the house, newly acquired Brunnera and Lungwort Pulmonaria are blooming.

Brunnera macrophylla 'Blue' (Heartleaf Alkanet)

Brunnera macrophylla ‘Blue’ (Heartleaf Alkanet)



Soon the Dogwood shrubs will be blooming but I am enjoying the emerging leaves of Golden Shadows Pagoda Dogwood! A young tree I planted last year and that the rabbits only nipped a bit.

Golden Shadows Pagoda Dogwood

Golden Shadows Pagoda Dogwood

My older Pagoda Dogwood will have blooms soon, too. I just love the Dogwoods. I just love Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day hosted by Carol at Maydreams Gardens – it makes one stop to smell the flowers even in the middle of mayhem!


What’s Blooming: Currants and Princes

Each spring morning, early, my attention is drawn to the Woodland Edge outside my kitchen and back porch windows. The Bird & Butterfly Garden was my focus not so long ago with its yellow fields of Daffodils, Forsythia, and unfortunately this year, rabbit ridden Crocus. The variety of Daffodils I purchased from Bluestone bloom from early spring on. I particularly love this double blooming white variety with its heavy fragrance that is blooming right now.


The adjacent Woodland Edge that I inevitably gravitate towards, reveals a tapestry of bulbs and native wildflowers that I hope to enhance over time by adding Bluebells, Shooting Stars, Bloodroot, Trout Lily and more to what already exists. The morning sun streams through the neighboring Maples and Elders to light up this “forest floor” that begs closer inspection.


Bergenia, Forget-me-nots, Daffodils, wild Violets and Summer Snowflakes in the Woodland Edge


Summer Snowflake, Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’ and wild strawberries


Ferns and Forget-me-nots


Bergenia, Daffodils and wild Violets in the Woodland Edge

Tulips bloom, limited to the front and drive where wildlife treads lightly. In the back gardens, Woodland Tulips stand tall in spite of the rabbits and chipmunks.


Woodland Tulip (Tulipa Sylvestris) and Woodland Phlox


Tulips along the Nice Driveway. Poppies will bloom next.


Tulips in front, the “Riverfront,” among Creeping Phlox

The Riverfront, in spite of the need for a quick edging, is looking like the “waves” I imagine and that I hope to embellish in the future.


Waves of Snow-in-summer (Cerastium tomentosum), Sea Holly (Eryngium), Creeping Jenny, Ajuga and Lamb’s Ear in the Riverfront garden

Also in front, street side, Purple Prince crabapple just opened. I hope the hummingbirds aren’t far behind. Last year they arrived in time with the crabapple blooms. This year they are later, arriving earlier in my garden May 3rd in 2012.


Crabapple ‘Purple Prince’

Graceful arches of Bleeding Heart and Solomon’s Seal blooming in the newest section of the garden, Hosta Row.


Solomon’s Seal


Bleeding Heart, Dicentra

On the southwest side of the house, a part of the garden I rarely linger as it faces our neighbor’s wide open lawn, Clove Currant shrubs are loaded with blooms. Their fragrance is intoxicating and enjoyed through the windows and when seated on the front porch.


Clove Currant, Ribes odoratum, Ajuga, and the have-to-live-with-it-no-getting-rid-of-it Bishop’s Weed

I cannot believe it is already that time again, the 15th of the month, Garden Bloggers Bloom Day hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. But here it is and I am grateful to have blooms to share. I enjoy the spring garden. So much happens. There is much to see every day, sometimes twice. You can see more by visiting Carol’s site.