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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.



What’s Blooming: Woodland Tulip

Here it is, the 15th, already. What’s blooming? Tulips, more daffodils, and snow drops – yes, snow drops. I seem to have a different variety that blooms much later than most. 

I have quite a mix of daffodils, too. While most have faded, the later blooming types have just begun to open.

This frilly white variety also is very fragrant. 

The Forget-me-nots are forming incredible waves of blue this year. Here and there I find them in pink and white. The wild violets add splashes of purple. This whole sea is sprayed with the tiny white foamy flowers of the wild strawberries. Together, they make a wonderful backdrop for the tulips and daffodils.

A favorite this year, are the Woodland Tulips which I planted last fall for the first time. I love their big droopy petals that close each evening and open each morning.

Out front large glowing tulips push up through the phlox, but the dainty little Lady Jane Tulips steel the show.

A tulip fades among the poppy buds.

These short iris given to me by my Mother are another favorite and appropriately bloom for Mother’s Day.

The crabapples streetside are in full bloom. Their blossoms vibrate against the green. Now I know why this variety is called Purple Prince.

The dogwoods and columbines are budding and will be blooming next. The Forget-me-nots will pale next to budding Jacob’s Ladder. 

Thank you Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting garden bloggers bloom day the 15th of each month.