Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blossom Day April 2014

It's time to join other gardeners for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, hosted by Carol from May Dreams Gardens, where gardeners from all over are invited to show what's in bloom in their gardens on the fifteenth of the month. Click on the link above to view other gardens dressed in their spring finery.

Here in my zone 9b garden in the Central Valley of California, spring is the best time of the year. In spite of the meager rainfall, it has been a beautiful spring.

The columbines (Aquilegia) are in full bloom. I really appreciate that these easy care perennials are so reliable and drought tolerant, too. An interesting bit of information is that the botanical name, Aquilegia, comes from the Latin word for eagle, aquila, because the flower petals resemble an eagle's talons. I don't see the resemblance myself, but I do enjoy saying its fancy botanical name: ack-wih-LEE-jee-uh.

The roses and clematis are just beginning to bloom. The ever faithful 'Don Juan' red climbing rose was
an early bloomer.

'Graham Thomas,' a yellow climber and 'Lace Cascade' a white climber are also blooming, but 'New Dawn' seems to be a late this year.

Some of the shrub roses:
'Mary Rose,' a David Austin shrub rose, was my favorite before 'Don Juan' stole my heart.

'Heritage,' another David Austin rose, is the perfect cottage garden rose

'Beauty Bush' Kolkwitzia amabilis 'Pink Cloud' is at its best for a few weeks in spring.

The large flowered clematis are blooming. This one is 'Gillian Blades.'

Clematis 'The President' (in blue) shares a trellis with clematis 'Madame Julia Correvon' (in red). 'The President' blooms first followed by a long bloom time from 'Madame'.

Clematis 'Niobe' is waiting for the 'New Dawn' climbing rose to bloom.

Still waiting for more blooms from the sweet peas (Lathyrus). Too much shade?

The Itoh Intersectional Peony 'Keiko' was full of blooms last week. I can't believe I didn't take a picture. Here is one last bloom. I hope it reblooms!

Begonias line the border and the blue flower is from the always reliable geranium 'Rozanne'.

Violas 'Johnny Jump Ups' and foliage from Nigella 'Love in a Mist.' They are such self-reliant little flowers. They planted themselves!

an unknown iris followed by iris ' Jurassic Park'

foxglove (digitalis) and calla lilies (zantedeschia)

Honeysuckle (Lonicera)

The Bottlebrush (Callistemon)  has become a small tree after twenty years, but it looks so scraggly that I will only show the flowers.

The squirrels are such helpful little guys. They tossed down the flowers of the Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) tree so that we could have a closer look. The blooms are so high in the tree that they usually go unnoticed.

Wishing you a happy Bloom Day!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

April Shower

Tuesday's rainfall amounted to only .12 inches. We didn't get the big rainstorm we were expecting,  but it was enough, along with the March rains, to invigorate the spring plants.

The roses and clematis are just coming into bloom, which for me signals the official start of spring.

And so many shades of green! It is really the best time of the year in my garden. Yesterday's blue sky and puffy clouds were enough to make your heart sing!  

Here are some photos from my morning walk around the garden:

many shades of green

honeysuckle and ivy covering the fence, rose, hosta

columbine, foxglove, iris, begonias, some ajuga still

brunnera 'Jack Frost'


clematis 'Gillian Blades'

clematis 'Gillian Blades'

clematis 'The President'

clematis 'The President'

clematis 'Miss Bateman'/sprawling over raphiolepsis

clematis 'Miss Bateman'

clematis 'Niobe' on arbor

clematis 'Niobe'

Scilla peruviana

Kolkwitzia amabilis 'Beauty Bush'

foxglove Digitalis and calla lilies Zantedeschia

Iris 'Jurassic Park'

last tulip

Aquilegia Columbine

Acer palmatum/Japanese Maple

Heuchera 'Caramel'

'Don Juan' climbing rose

azalea 'George Taber'

some left overs from SOS2/zinnias, dahlias, marigolds waiting to be planted

The tall dahlia that I thought was a goner in December in this post survived and is now ready to be planted outside.

It's going to be a busy spring!