Technically, Bloom Day was two days ago, but better late than never, yes? I actually did get out to take these photos on the 15th, but didn’t get around to posting them until tonight.
Here in my NW Ohio Zone 6 garden, spring seems to be a good week or two ahead of schedule. One day last week, all the spring bulbs decided it was time to bloom. (I mean that, too — I left for work at 8am to tightly closed daffodil buds and came home at 5pm to a yard full of nodding yellow heads.)
I don’t know what all these varieties are, as they came with the house when we moved in some four years back, but here they are:
I was also surprised by some stands of hyacinths that I swear were not there last year. In one spot, I accidentally killed off a bunch of pachysandra last summer as I was trying to kill giant dock weeds — and this month, a full grouping of pink hyacinths must have gotten the sun they needed to bloom fully.
Then there was the surprise smattering of fuchsia-colored hyacinths in the rose border that I’m retiring this year (all the roses, irises, and apparently hyacinths will be moved to another spot).
Finally, in addition to all the expected hyacinths, I saw this group in a neglected border in the back yard where, unfortunately, no one but me will really appreciate them. (Edit: I actually first realized they were there at the last April Bloom Day, but apparently I forgot about them again.)
Most of the old reliable spring color is up and about a bit earlier than usual: lamium, muscari (grape hyacinth), and brunnera (false forget-me-not).
My I-think-it’s-a-cherry-tree bloomed and faded in a single day — OK, maybe it was two, but either way, I didn’t get a proper photo of it in full bloom.
My dwarf flowering almond was just thinking about blooming on Bloom Day, but has finally opened up enough that I cut a branch to anchor a daffodil and hyacinth arrangement I’m planning to take to work to brighten up the office. (Why didn’t I think of using them in arrangements before?)
There’s so much work to be done — moving plants, weeding, pruning, staking — but I feel invigorated by the influx of spring blooms! As always, thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day every month!