Sunday, April 15, 2012

April Garden Bloggers Bloom Day...

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is a Meme I have always enjoyed, well reading others that is. I never seem to have any pics to post or anything in bloom, maybe the abundance of rain or just busy, I never seem to have my ducks in a row for a post. But as the weather has been nothing but divine this week in the Sunny Pacific Northwest, (YES Sunny!!) I have been trigger happy with my camera and I actually have things in bloom. The GBBD stars have aligned for me at last!!

So what is in bloom? Oh it was a fun hunt! Out front, the first round of tulips are in full bloom, these stunners are always the first and will fade out just as the next lot come in, they really are timed beautifully. My favorite ground cover "Periwinkle" is also starting to bud with its delicious little purple flower, this grows rather like a weed here, its everywhere, hardy and a fast grower! 


Another one of my faves out front is the miniature plumb tree, purely ornamental as it bears no fruit, the blooms are so tinny and delicate, a real treat after the blooms of the standard plumb have faded.


This gorgeous evergreen laurel has just sneaked into bloom day, I love the white spray of flowers. This year with the frost I was worried I lost this one, but its hardy and shows no signs of a rough winter frost...few!


Outback, my tulips under the plum are in full bloom, although I swear last year these ones were pink so I am curious if tulips change color? Only half made it this year as my slugs had a field day feasting on the shoots.


Grape Hyacinths are taking over in the most delightful way this year. I am hoping come next year it will have spread enough to come back as a wonderful garden edge, love these through out my rock wall too.


And of cause there is my Magnolia, I couldn't leave this out of bloom day. Especially when it has been the star of my garden this last week and has enjoyed performing for the camera on a regular basis. My fave spot to sit is under its branches, being snowed on by falling petals or intoxicated by its scent...ahhhh love it so much!! 



My "Bleeding Heart" which is now over 4ft tall is huge!! Last year I lost a Rhododendron shrub under it and it's only getting bigger, time to divide. Its just coming into bloom now and is looking particularly happy this year. This one grows on my East fence and is mainly in shade with well drained feet as its on top of a rock wall. It loves these conditions!!


I am sure there are more things coming into bloom as I type, the Lilacs are not to far off as well as the Cherry tree, Peonies, Roses, more tulips, daisies, Azaleas and so much more. I can't wait to post my May GBBD. I sure do love this time of year!!!

What's blooming in your garden? Be sure to link or leave a comment if you are doing this Meme too as I'd love to stop by for a visit and poke around your blooms.

20 comments:

  1. There's nothing like a Magnolia in bloom! Lovely shots, and it must be so sweet to have a Magnolia in your garden! Maybe someday I'll have one... Grape Hyacinths are done here, but otherwise we are close to the same points in our gardens. Happy GBBD!

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    1. Beth it truly is my happy place under the branches of my magnolia tree. Hope someday you have one, they are such a rewarding tree, little care with lots of blooms...priceless!!

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  2. Pink magnolia petal snow sounds about perfect. We're heading towards winter here but you'd never know it today. the garden can tell though - lots are going dormant while yours are coming to life.

    (I wrote a post for autism awareness as well. I'd be interested to see what you think)

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    1. Hi Missy, The snow storm was amazing ;) I love garden blogs from back home, seeing where Aus is at any given time, although its a little hard not turning green with envy when you are coming into summer sunshine and we are heading for dismal winter rains. No matter what the season the world is still gardening...love it! oh I'll be sure to pop over today, can't wait to read your Autism article, yay for you!! Cheers Julia xx

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  3. What a lovely Magnolia! Aren't the just the best!?

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  4. How lovely your blooms are in April...and sunshine too...my garden is finally waking and you can catch the incredible display of grape hyacinths in my garden too...GBBD for April was fun this year...Happy GBBD Julia

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    1. Hi Donna, knock on wood but the sunshine here has been gorgeous for this time of year! Really perfect growing conditions, I'm popping over to check out your GBBD and your grape hyacinths...love them!! Cheers Julia

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  5. Oh Julia, I just LOVE the magnolia photos! I"m thinking of getting one but am afraid the blooms will freeze and turn brown. Has it frozen in your area in the last few weeks as the blooms have prepared to open? It has not frozen over here for a couple of weeks but I am still unsure if I should take the plunge. Do you know the variety of yours? Your garden is looking beautiful!

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    1. Oh thanks, the garden is awakening!! We can get pretty nasty late frosts here, it has in previous years turned them a little brown, but I am yet to loose a season worth of blooms. For the most part they can be a little frost bitten, but this year despite the bitter freeze and ice-storm they are perfectly happy! I have woken to a few freezing mornings while in full bud, just blooming, they are fine. I really hope you get one, they are so worth it, even if for just one perfect little bloom. My Magnolia is commonly known as the tulip magnolia or saucer magnolia. Its deciduous and seems to love the PNW growing conditions, I'm sure it would be just as happy down your neck of the woods too. Let me know if you get one or I may try and keep talking you into it...hehehe ;) Cheers Julia xx

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  6. So glad the GBBD stars aligned for you! I love the sunny pictures. The magnolia blooms are beautiful, but I'm going to say that the plumb tree blooms are my faves. They're so cute and I love the two color tones. Happy GBBD!

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    1. Thanks, it was fun to get out in the garden with the camera again!! The tinny plumb blooms were a delight to capture, I'm always amazed how many pics I can take of my garden, there is always something new or just down right beautiful to try and capture...ahh happy days! Thanks for stopping by =)

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  7. Wow your Bleeding Heart has really gotten big. It is so beautiful. The Magnolia blooms are just plain gorgeous. Mine are gone already so I love looking at all yours.

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    1. Oh sweet Lona, this really is a wonderful day all my favorite bloggers are stopping by =) I'll try and get another full size pic of my bleeding heart this week, its on steroids or something..haha!

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  8. Oh, that magnolia is just beautiful. Such delicate coloring. I can imagine sitting under it drinking tea. And smelling the sweet scent. And I am very impressed with your bleeding heart! I actually planted one that didn't die! (Yet.)

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    1. Holley you are talking my language ;) You have inspired me to make my first batch of iced tea for the year, I'll be sure to enjoy under my Magnolia on the next sunny day...bliss!! Knocking on wood for your bleeding heart =) Cheers Julia

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  9. Such pretty blooms! Love the magnolia blooms! I dream of the day that my bleeding heart gets so big! Happy GBBD!

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    1. Thanks Karin, my bleeding heart is a monster this year, I may need to look into dividing it come fall, its already engulfed a rhododendron and a bunch of tulips...haha! I'll post some pics soon. Happy GBBD to you too...xx

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  10. It is so nice, exceedingly, especially, even wonderfully nice when the sun comes out around here. It makes everything in the garden seem brighter and happier. Great pictures for bloom day!

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  11. Thanks, for stopping by and enjoying my blooms with me! Cheers to lots of sunshine to come =)

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Thanks for stopping by and reading my latest post! I love sharing my gardening adventures and reading your wonderful comments. Happy digging...Cheers Julia!!

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