Compared to last April I can see we’re still a little behind last year, but clearly all the new bulbs I planted in the fall are making my April garden much more interesting.
The patch of Daffodils I showed last year doesn’t have a single bloom open yet, where it was in full swing a year ago.
Another bulb which didn’t quite make it for bloom day this year are my Iris reticulata ‘Harmony’
Update – I woke up this morning and looked outside and sure enough they had managed to pull through in time for Bloom Day after all. The Daffs are much further along as well this morning but I’d say 2-3 more days, depending on the weather.
And now onto what did manage to put on a show this year.
Crocus chrysanthus ‘Romance’ – My crocuses in the front are a little further behind so my ‘Blue Pearl’s didn’t manage to open in time. I really like the way the butter yellow buds open into brighter flowers each day. From what I can see of the one open ‘Blue Pearl’ it does the opposite, with light blue buds opening to almost white flowers during the day.
Some new plants are flowering too.
Primula marginata ‘Mauve Mist’ – New plant, I already have one but it’s in the slow to get started front yard and not yet blooming. (If you shop anywhere that carries “Rock Stars” you might see this one in that collection. A little undecided if I want this to join the plant at the front for a bigger show or find somewhere in the back for an earlier show.
Dianthus Scent First™ ‘Passion’ – even with a pretty bad cold I can tell I like how this smells. It looks like my Sedum ‘Lynda Windsor’ didn’t make it through the winter so this might end up in its spot.
And in my pots at the front I’ve planted some yellow/orange Iceland Poppies surrounded by large flowered light blue Pansies, and smaller flowered bright orange and Plentifall™ ‘Lavender’ Pansies (I’ll be interested to see how much they can end up trailing).
And then of course there’s a selection of tropicals flowering. Some Violets, Streps, and My Kohleria ‘Green Goblin’ in particular has been going non-stop for as long as I’ve had it, and from specimens I’ve seen in shows I’d say it’s that plant, not necessarily my care that’s causing it.
I’ll be back tomorrow for a Foliage Followup as well.