Yikes, it’s time for Bloom Day already, and I’ve hardly begun tidying up for spring. There are plenty of areas that probably would look stunning, if only I’d had the time to spruce them up a bit. Unlike the shoemaker’s children with their dearth of footwear, the gardener’s own garden has plenty of plants, but they’re nowhere near as neatly cared for as those she gets paid to look after. So here’s the big picture of the current reality at Hayefield House:
Eeew. Enough of that. All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-ups now! Let’s start with the same ‘Methley’ plum above.
Closer to ground level, Mellow Yellow spirea (Spiraea thunbergii ‘Ogon’) is in its pre-chartreuse stage.
And one more shrubby sort of thing (though a mini one): Erica carnea ‘Golden Starlet’. She’s not a wow-er in the visual-impact department, but she certainly wins the long-bloom category. She has appeared in every one of my Bloom Day posts since last December. Go Erica!
Ok, let’s finish up with the boring white flowers so we can move on to some color. Here’s plant-worth-growing-just-for-its-name, a.k.a. mukdenia (Mukdenia rossii).
And finally, emphatically white grape hyacinths (Muscari botryioides ‘Album’).
That’s a lot of white all at one time. Thank goodness there are lots of Lenten roses (Helleborus x hybridus) for some color. Here’s a quick spin through some of my favorites.
One more kind of cool bloom, on seersucker sedge (Carex plantaginea)…
…and an almost-bloom, on fernleaf peony (Paeonia tenuifolia).
To finish, two leafy shots, just because spring brings some absolutely awesome foliage along with the flowers: Camassia ‘Blue Melody’…
…and Fallopia ‘Devon Cream’.
For more spring color, head over to the April Bloom Day post at Carol’s May Dreams Gardens!