Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The usual suspects

For garden bloggers' bloom day I was going to point you to last April's entry and say "same old, same old" but it's not the same old at all. It's more like last March. This year the bleeding hearts are barely poking their leaves above the ground, no buds on the maples, no trillium in the woods, no elderberry, salmonberry, or camas lily, no rhodies, no cherry blossoms, no apple blossoms, and no tulips, although blame there can probably be placed on two naughty goats who figured out that the fence charger was on the fritz and wriggled under the mesh to browse amongst the perennials.

What's blooming, or about to break into bloom:
  • anemone nemerosa
  • azalea (but only the one in the very warmest spot)
  • camellia japonica (one, with a single bud)
  • daffodils
  • daphne odora
  • forsythia (late!)
  • hepatica
  • hellebores
  • hyacinth
  • spireathunbergii

In the orchard:
  • peach tree

In the woods:
  • Indian plum
  • wild cherry,
  • skunk cabbage

In the lawn:
  • dandelions

And, in two hanging baskets on my porch, inadvertently ignored on every bloom day post since they were planted back in September, frozen countless times, watered only by the snow and rain, these incredibly stalwart violas.


Blogger Rosemarie said...

We're having the same issues too (Chicago), my first blooms should have been up 2-3 weeks ago.

15 April, 2008 17:30  
Blogger swamprad said...

Violas are great, I love them much more than pansies. Isn't it great how perennials are like old friends, you look forward to seeing them again? I'm about to embark on turning a weed-bed at my new house into a perennial bed, a very daunting task. I figure I should just dive in and see what happens, make some new friends along the way...

15 April, 2008 18:48  
Blogger Carol said...

Spring is really slow here in central Indiana, too. I wonder if the plants will catch up as it warms up?

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

16 April, 2008 19:20  

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