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Saturday 15 April 2017

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - April 2017

Welcome to the Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day where we celebrate what is making our hearts glad.
I'm linking this to May Dreams Garden where Carol hosts this lovely idea.

There is so much to choose from, after a gradual start in March we are suddenly spoilt in April and don't know where to look first. 

 I'm starting with these Tulips which have come back from last year. I think they are Sapporo. 

This Magnolia stellata is trying to steal the show but there is plenty of competition.

 Two auriculas which I bought last year, just coming into flower. 
 Geum 'Mai Tai'. I adore this. 

 Hyacinthoides non-scripta. I have inherited white and blue. The white came out a week or two ago but the blue are following along:

An inherited Crab apple. We had a touch of rain last night. Just enough to make the flowers pretty but not really enough to wet the ground.


 A bit of a dark picture but here is Corydalis 'Berry Exciting' now with it's contrasting purple flowers. 
 Euphorbia amygdaloides purpurea, the start of my euphobia collection. I moved this early in the year but it didn't seem to notice. Flanked by two hydrangeas but they may need to go. They are not very pretty ones. 

 I'm thrilled that these tulips came back from last year. I did nothing to them. I'd be interested to know if people dig up and store their tulip bulbs. These are Tulip Clusiana Peppermint Stick from Peter Nyssen. It's like having four flowers in one. First thing or on a dull day:

Gradually opening:

and then in full flower:

These Narcissus 'Hawera' are so delicately pretty. I bought a pack of mixed botanical narcissus bulbs from J Parkers last Autumn.  Of course they came in one mixed bag (it was not an expensive purchase). As they have come into flower this spring I've been tying different colours of thread around the stems for each variety so I can move them and collect similar ones together.  
They have been a complete joy, each one more lovely than the last and this is the finale...

I've never managed to get a Dicentra to flower until now:

 And finally what about this? I wonder if someone discovered this now would we all clamour to have it in our gardens? Maybe not when we discovered how invasive it is but the bees do love them and I have plenty!


  1. Your magnolia is gorgeous. OUrs was frozen out for the first time in several years. It was so disappointing. Seeing yours gives me encouragement for next year. Happy GBBD.

  2. Thank you. We've been lucky not to have frosts at the wrong time this year. I hope yours does well next time.

  3. The tulips are gorgeous! I especially like the white ones in your first picture. Happy GBBD!

    1. Thank you, they are very pretty and dainty.

  4. Oh, Tulip Peppermint Stick is just beautiful. I can't be doing with the faff of digging up tulip bulbs, or dahlias for that matter. I suppose that is why I fail with both of them. But having just looked up this one it appears to be suitable for naturalising, so it can be left in the ground! On the list. :)

    1. I do did up the dahlias as I think I'd lose them otherwise. To slugs probably. Unfortunately, I seem to have about 20 tubers in pots I'm now trying to keep alive.

  5. Tulips! Your 4-in-one 'Peppermint Stick' is particularly pretty. I love the Narcissus and the Magnolia too. The Geum also makes me envious - although I discovered a single (unopened) bloom stalk on one of my plants, I'm not counting on a large number of flowers.

    1. Hopefully your one bloom will open and give you some weeks of joy. The flowers do last a long time here.

  6. Love your Tulip Clusiana Pepermint. I have a number of species tulips and will add this one to the list for next year

    1. It is gorgeous and if it's easy it gets my vote.


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