Garden Bloggers Bloom Day: April 2012

Where is the  time going?  Already we are at the 15th of April and Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.   GBBD should now be getting easier each month with the garden coming to life at a rapid pace.  We have had some unseasonable warm weather, closely followed by a plummet in temperatures with ground frost over night, but it has not deterred  the plants in the garden.  The warmth of the sun has not brought forward blooms any faster than they want to at this time of the year, in fact, looking back there is nothing any more advanced in my garden than previous years.  If anything it is further behind, I wrote a post on 14 April 2011 and there are photos of greenfly on rose buds, at the moment there are no rose buds to be seen.  Conversely, the Clematis Montana has romped ahead, as you will see below.

It is surprising how easy it is to dismiss things when you are not really looking at things properly.   My initial thought,  as I went into the garden, was that my post this month should be called Garden Bloggers Almost in Bloom Day.

Here are my “Almost in Bloom” plants.

This morning I noticed that a couple of the Aquilegia are producing flowers buds, and the Rock Rose full of burgundy flower buds which will shortly become a mass of white flowers with pink centres.    The tight Allium buds are shooting up from the middle of the plant and there is one solitary tulip.  I am really dejected about their failure to flower not only by the tulips but also the daffodils.   I can’t think what went wrong this year and if anyone has any ideas please let me know : –

Having said none of the daffodils flowered, the Narcissus in the front garden more than made up for that.   When I was editing the photos for this post, I began to think how like very softly poached eggs they look.

Now for the plants that are in flower.

A number of the plants and flowers included for GBBD were also in my End of Month View for March but a lot can happen in a garden in two weeks especially when Spring has arrived.

The Elizabeth Montana Clematis,  is now in fully flower and the fragrance is just wonderful.    I am a little concerned about what to do with it as the shed is falling apart and needs to be replaced.  The plant is in an enormous pot at the side of the shed and I suspect I will have to prune it hard and move it to a new home until the shed is replaced.   Again, help and advice is needed on this please.

A few years ago there was an abundance of Forget-me-nots in the garden and,  in an attempt to reduce the spread, I pulled a lot up before they started to go to seed.  This was clearly not a very sensible idea, because for a while there were very few Forget-me-Nots, which was sad, and it is only this year they are starting to appear all over the garden again.

I love the way that the colours of flowers are synonymous with the seasons – with the vast majority of Spring flowers being shades of yellows and brilliant blues.

Whilst the Forget-me-Nots are establishing themselves again, another delicate Spring flower slowing making its mark in the garden is the tiny little violet.  I didn’t plant these so figure they have been spread on the wind or by a kindly bird.   I find then tucked away mainly in flower pots and some are at the back of the flower bed.

The Forsythia at the end of the garden is thick with flowers.  Some Forsythia shrubs I have seen have flowers evenly spread along the branches – I don’t know what variety my shrub is but this one produces masses of flowers in a very up close and personal fashion.

I love pansies, they look so happy and friendly and have several pots by the front door to welcome callers.   Nothing seems to deter them, even if we do have another really cold snap (which is predicted for next week) they will continue flowering and smiling regardless.

A couple of weeks ago I bought a tray of violas, they are still sitting on the table in the garden but this weekend I intend to find some interesting vessels to put them in – such as an old watering can or even a couple of old garden shoes.   Check out the blog in a week or two to see what I have done with them.

 Included in the End of Month View at the end of March was one of my favourite plants, the Pieris, Forest Flame.  Just two weeks ago it was in flower and now it is producing the  fabulous red leaves it is famous for.

As I come out of my kitchen door onto the side patio, the first thing in front of me is the Choisya and within the last week it is now covered in flower buds.  I gave it quite a heavy pruning recently but that seems to have encouraged it to flower all the more and when it is in full bloom it will look spectacular.

I changed the header of this blog a few weeks ago when the Anemones in the pots on the patio were in full bloom.  They were, at the time, all a fabulous blue, now some white flowers have appeared.   They really are the most delicate and beautiful flower.

I find it intriguing that one species of plant producing different colours doesn’t always flower at the same time.  A prime example are the Cleome seeds I sowed recently, the pink ones came up relatively quickly and I had almost given up on the purple Cleome until last week when they decided to make an appearance.  I suppose it is all down to varieties.

It is a great and exciting time to watch plants and shrubs coming back to life.  Although that is not solely limited to our nurtured and loved plants, it also means that weeds such as Dandelions are also making their presence known – especially in the lawn.  As I started to pull up the flowers, before they produce seedheads, it dawned on me what a pretty flower it is.   Therefore, I photographed them before de-heading and consigning them to the garden rubbish sack.

Happy Garden Bloggers Bloom Day and a very big thank you to the GBBD host – Carol at May Garden Dreams.  Please take time to visit her blog and the other GBBD posts.   I also want to thank Donna at Garden Walk Garden Talk, whose recent post, complete with the most beautiful photos, reminded me about the 15th.


  1. I replant tulips every year myself, they are more of a annual for me. I’ve heard to plant them deeper to keep them from multiplying and robbing the main bulb its stored energy to rebloom the next year. Great photos and garden!


  2. Ronnie so many of my favorite blooms are showing in your garden.. I have those same daffs and love them…violets and forget-me-nots blooming here too..amazing…your pictures are so stunning…had to look them over slowly so I was sure not to miss a thing.


  3. Hi Ronnie,

    Beautiful photos 🙂 I do love the little Violets – they don’t seem to do too well here though; but I’d love to have them spreading around the garden!

    I think at the moment it’s a bit of a mixed bag, although it does look like some of yours are behind us, strangely enough?? For example Forsythia here is almost gone and it was a good 3 weeks or so ago that we had them in full bloom, also we have roses here and most of mine all have buds on them and have done for around a month but they’re teasing me and just not opening!

    I hope one day I have F-M-N around my garden but it just doesn’t seem to like it here. Maybe I will try them in a different border and see if they begin to spread as they seem to for everyone else. Well, they do always seem to find their way into pots for me, where I then have to move them on!


  4. I was going to call it Garden Bloggers Bud Day, I had so few actual flowers. Like how we both went in close on the dandelions, they have a fascinating petal structure when we stop to consider it. Glad you included the violets too.


  5. Thank you for the link love and kind words, Ronnie. Your photos are wonderful and I smiled at the dandelions. They made a grand appearance here this year. I am not sure why you have so few tulips. Allium is early here and tulips came early but regular. Much is early here and just in the opening stages, too few blooms to note. I do a monthly weather calendar showing each day and I have to say I am quite amazed the way the year has been going weathewise here and all over the world. Happy GBBD!


  6. Beautiful!
    I especially like the narcisus, and the cute little violets! Even your dandelions are gorgeous!
    Have a blessed day!
    Lea’s Menagerie


  7. That Choysia shrub is going to be stunning when it’s out in flower – just a pity it’s too cold up here to grow them. Not so sure about your daffodils – maybe the clumps are too large and overcrowded – are they deep enough in the ground or did you pick the leaves off before they had died down naturally? The only other thing I can think of with your daffodils is that the narcissus fly laid her eggs on your daffodils last year. Tulips should really be lifted each year and then replanted in autumn – I don’t but every year less of them appear but I plant them really deep in the ground as that seems to help them through to the next year. Hope that helps.


  8. Your white Anemones are stunning, I would like to plant some of these. Your comment about different coloured plants of the same species flowering at different times is very interesting, I have noticed the same thing myself. all this is what makes gardening so fascinating. Happy GBBD. Christina, don’t forget GBFoliageD on the 22nd


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