It's April Bloomday! A sure sign we've turned the corner and warmer, brighter days are ahead. Well, hopefully. It's been plenty cool and cloudy and rainy in these parts since I returned from California.
But let's look at what's blooming in the garden anyway, a little drizzle never hurt anyone. We'll take a stroll starting in the front garden; it's nearing the end for the Euphorbia rigida. Once those seeds are ready to pop(!) I need to cut the blooming bits back or else there will be babies everywhere.
Rosemary NOID, looking lovely
This the first time the Ceanothus gloriosa ‘Pt Reyes’ has bloomed since it was knocked back hard over the winter of 2016/17.
Arctostaphylos densiflora ‘Harmony’ is the last of the manzanitas to bloom...
The hellebore flowers are still hanging on and looking good, here's Helleborus 'Rio Carnival' representing the masses.
Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Hindwarf'
The species tulips, 'Little Beauty', I was gifted from John Scheepers are back for a second year...
Poncirus trifoliata flower buds.
Grevillea rivularis is covered in flowers, I adore this plant!
Four of my Bukiniczia cabulica wintered over and now they're all fixing to bloom, three in the ground...
And one in a container. Since they're monocarpic that will be the end of this cool foliage. Unless I get a few seedlings that is.
I've never seen these before. They're shooting up in a pot with Darlingtonia californica and a NOID sarracenia.
They must belong to the Darlingtonia...
Alstromeria 'Indian Summer' didn't stop blooming all winter, probably because it's in a container and was in the shade pavilion greenhouse.
Grevillea juniperina ‘Molonglo’
My yellow flowering Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Nanjing Gold' is at the ugly dried up flower stage, the orange E. chrysantha ‘Akebono’ still has a little pretty left in it.
Epimedium 'Amber Queen'
I bought this Brunnera macrophylla 'Hadspen Cream' for the variegated foliage, but the flowers keep showing up every spring.
This poor Aucuba himalaica var. dolichophylla is such a cool plant, but I've hidden it away behind one of the bamboo stock-tanks where nobody ever sees it.
Ceanothus 'Dark Star' was the first plant I checked on when I returned from California. I was afraid I'd missed this stage, when it's just about to burst into bloom.
Here's a flashback! I planted Arisarum proboscideum (mouse plant) back in 2007 or 08 (guessing), it's been largely ran over by other plants but decided to stage a come back this year with one of its little mousy blooms.
Check out these freaky flowers! They're little buttons right at ground level and belong to Aspidistra elatior...
Aka the cast iron plant...
Finally, before we head into the house to see a couple of blooms, the containers in the driveway. Rhododendron laramie...
And blueberries, oh so many blueberries to come!
Inside there are blooms on the Cryptanthus 'Black Mystic'.
And we end with a slightly blurry Vriesea ospinae var. gruberi bloom. As always visit May Dreams Gardens to see links to all the bloggers posting for Bloomday, and happy spring!
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