The ONLY thing, and I do mean the ONLY nice thing about April 15th, aside from being alive, is GARDEN BLOGGERS BLOOM DAY! Because I finished my taxes EARLY (as in, five minutes ago), I can build my post.
This April’s bloom day is so special because I’ve been out of town for 8 days. You might think “Well, no matter? A week’s a week, right?” Let me tell you: In Wilmington, NC, in April, missing a week in the garden is like missing a MONTH any other time of year. When I left on April 6th, my hosta were still MIA, the Azaleas were just THINKING about blooming, and my ornamental mustard was still just a mass of leaves. I came home, 8 days later, to this:
My own Azalea Festival
The First Rose Bloom of 2010
A Tumble of Lady Banks Roses
Fragrant Holly Blooms
My Husband’s New Magnolia
A Star-Anise Plant
Heuchera, oh how I love heuchera
A little Mishmash in my Butterfly Border
Ornamental Cabbage, bolting (view of garden in background)
Another, semi-wide shot of the garden
I don’t think my garden looks all that interesting when taken as a whole. It is only two years old (this will be its third summer), and it is still filling in. I can’t WAIT to see what the ornamental grasses do this summer. I’ve added a bunch to the front garden. Should improve the texture. But, I included two wide shots this time to give you sort of an idea of what I’m working with. Basically, I dug up half of my front yard.
I had a fantastic time in Idaho (more pics of that to come), but I’m SO glad that I didn’t ENTIRELY miss the spring bloom in Wilmington. This city is truly a magical place, this time of year.
A BIG thank you to Carol, over at May Dreams Gardens for dreaming up Bloom Day and hosting its headquarters on her blog! Visit her here.