The 15th of the month is Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, started at May Dreams. Dozens of garden bloggers post their photos every month. When the weather turns bad like it did this weekend in the Midwest, it’s nice to see all these pictures of beautiful flowers! Here’s some from Xan‘s garden:
“Here at Chiot’s Run the garden is filling with blooms. Just as the last tulips are starting to fade, the fruit trees and strawberries are bursting into bloom, promising some delicious rewards in a few weeks.
The wild violets are also blooming, I’ve been picking them for salads, for making syrup and to dry for tea. I can never get enough of these little lovelies!
This has been a wonderful year for the dogwood trees. Every couple years the weather works out perfectly and they’re spectacular – this is one of those years (for more photos see my post dedicated to the dogwood).
Down here in the south, I’m working on Unearth A Garden, hoping to educate, learn, share, and question all things garden related. Today’s my bi-monthly check-in day which works perfectly with Bloom Day. It gives me an excuse to look at everything in my yard and to check my progress all over.
Roses are winding up, but lavender and lilies are getting ready to explode!
Yarrow is full of blossoms.
And my peas have flowers all over them thanks to the wonderfully cool, wet weather we’ve been having these last few days!
We are so far behind everyone else in SE Michigan, it’s amazing. I read a report from the MSU extension office the other day that stated that we are two weeks behind average temperature/weather patterns, and last year we were two weeks ahead. That means that we’re four weeks behind last year! Still, it’s fun to watch other bloggers post their intensely beautiful spring photographs while we’re really just getting started here.
I’ve found myself mesmerized by the tiny, subtle blooms this spring. The gooseberries have such adorable little flowers that look almost as if they’re blushing. They’re so subtle that until this year I had never noticed them before.
The Merrybells have started their quiet, shy little blooms against the backdrop of dried maple leaves. They grow underneath an antique weeping mulberry (a strange little tree indeed!) and I have to guard them with a little metal fence to keep the dogs from destroying them each year. They’re fragile little ladies, that’s fore sure!
Another under-rated bloom is that of the blueberry bush. They seem to blush like the gooseberry blossoms. I love to check them daily because they start out as hard, green little buds and increase in pinkness as they mature. I also love to see each little berry blossom as a potential burst of flavor across my tongue on a summer afternoon. Mmm…
My last shy little bloom this week has been my woodland poppies. These grow under the mulberry tree as well and they seem to be thriving, despite the deep shade they live in. Their blossoms last only about a day, especially with the rain we’ve had lately, but they’re such a cheery color I can’t help but revel in them when I see them.
I wish I could share photos of all of the amazing spring ephemerals that are blooming on the trails at the horse farm where I work. There are spring beauties, jack in the pulpits, white trilliums, marsh maragolds, cranesbill, trout lillies, blood root and even the creepy alien staghorns of the skunk cabbage. It’s really amazing to ride the horses through the fields and woods this time of year because if you have keen eyes and a certain amount of patience you can find an amazing variety of woodland wildflowers, especially in spring. I’ll try to remember to bring my camera along with me next time I go!
How are your blooms coming along?