What's Blloming in Your Garden - A Photo Thread - April 2014

pixie_louApril 2, 2014

This is a place to post photos, and to discuss, what is in your garden. This is the thread for April 2014. All garden photos are welcome. Since Spring is here (knock on wood) we should finally see some flowers in this thread. In the meantime, all landscape and garden photos are welcome. If it is a photo taken in your garden or your yard, it is fair game to post it here.

Here is the link for the April 2013 part 2
and the April 2013 part 1 threads.

For previous 2014 threads:
March 2014

February 2014

January 2014

For all other 2013 threads, please go to the December 2013 thread and follow the links for the relevant month.

To see all of the 2011 and 2012 threads, please visit the
photo gallery
. (I requested that the photos be moved there. I am still waiting for the GW editors to move the threads. Maybe I'll email the editors again?))

FWIW if we have 50 posts in this thread by 15 April I will make an April Part II thread.

This post was edited by pixie_lou on Fri, Apr 4, 14 at 9:57

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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

The snowdrops are still blooming here in Plymouth:

and the early crocuses:

One hellebore has buds:

and a daffodil has a bud:

I'm also seeing some spring startups - no flower buds but at least there's new leaves coming.

Sedum rosettes:

and Phlox paniculata (in the Phlox Protection Zone):

I think it's time to carefully remove the perennial stalks, and some of the ornamental grass foliage - maybe even some dead leaves, but I'm still suspicious.

Claire

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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

Very little blooming, but a few things growing. Meanwhile the northside foundation bed still has snowbanks over it.

Hellebore Golden Showers

Galanthus Flora Pleno

OK, I cheated. This pot was overwintering in my garage and it started early. So I brought it outside to get some sun.

Hosta Katsuragawa Beni

The Magnolia buds are starting to split. Won't be long now.

Steve

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spedigrees z4VT

I'm loving the photos of snowdrops and crocuses. However I still have snow, ice and mud. Thankfully the ice and snow are beginning to give way.

These are the only blooms I have and they are indoors. Last year I was very aggravated with the local nursery for not having any orange gerbera daisies, only pots of red and orange daisies. (One of my longest standing pet peeves with nurseries are offering combination pots for sale rather than individual plants.)

So, when I encountered all these orange gerbera daisies at Hannaford's supermarket yesterday, I snapped them all up! I'm just hoping that I can keep them alive for the next two months until it is safe to put them out in my orange garden. (My orange marigolds have no resistance to Japanese beetles, but gerbera daisies seem to hold their own.) I just hope they make it until the first of June.

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corunum z6 CT(6)

SPED, those are perfect! Glad you found the sunshine. I bet you'll make them happy and be stars in your orange garden. Jane

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pixie_lou

Gorgeous daisies Sped!

Just lots of bulbs blooming in my lawn.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2014 at 10:00AM
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NHBabs(4b-5aNH)

So lovely to see bulbs blooming and buds expanding!!

Sped - If you can, move the gerberas out when it's warm enough during the day, starting with shade, to harden them off just like you would seedlings, even when it's too cold in the early morning and at night to leave them out. That will help keep them vigorous until you can plant them in the garden.

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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Well, what do you know, itâÂÂs spring! :-) I love those daisies too, Spedigrees, such a shot of color! Pretty snowdrops and crocus, Pixie Lou. I planted a ton of snowdrops and they disappeared, so IâÂÂll enjoy looking at yours.

Steve, I always wanted a Magnolia and havenâÂÂt tried one. Those buds are so interesting! So fat and fuzzy. And pretty cool to see hosta leaves so early, even if they were in the garage.

Claire, glad to see your sedum and phlox are back.

I'm disappointed in my crocus for the second year in a row. Last year, they seemed puny to me and this year, at least the white 'Jeanne d' Arc' are definitely puny and less of them than usual. I'm also missing quite a few crocus. I don't see 'Advance' anywhere. And I planted 25 Leucojum last year and I don't see one. Could they be late, I wonder?

Well, here is what is going on in my gardenâ¦

A blurry photo of Honeysuckle leaves out already...

This post was edited by prairiemoon2 on Fri, Apr 4, 14 at 12:10

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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Daffodil foliage up pretty high all of a sudden...

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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Hellebore flowers opening. This is the first one to bloom every year...

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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Oriental Poppy seems unphased by the winter.

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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

And here are my crocus looking quite underwhelming, but alive...

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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Here is how puny the white 'Jeanne d'Arc' crocus are this year...

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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Here's what they looked like a few years agoâ¦.

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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

And we're doing over our vegetable beds and just took off the old frame and waiting for the new frames. ...

    Bookmark   April 4, 2014 at 12:13PM
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NHBabs(4b-5aNH)

PM2 - In my garden crocus are a favorite of the voles. Might that be the problem or are you lucky enough to not be plagued by the cursed creatures?

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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Babs, remember I was asking about the tracks in the snow during some melting earlier? I think that may definitely be the reason. I can't think of another reason, crocus are hardy right? And the Leucojum, 25 bulbs? I'm not sure if it was the cold weather or if they could have found every bulb and ate it?

Plus I mulch with shredded leaves so much, I've read they love those conditions. I am planning on getting more bulbs in the Fall and using hardware cloth boxes. I haven't had a chance to see if I can find where they could be living in the yard or using a treatment for them, but I suppose I'm going to have to. I'm also debating whether to cover all the bottoms of my vegetable beds with hardware cloth. I did read they especially like Asparagus roots, so I am planning on doing that bed, butâ¦.where the rest of the vegetable garden has annual vegetable plants, do I have to? Do they eat the roots of your vegetable crops in the summer too?

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spedigrees z4VT

Thank you NHBabs for the advice, vis a vis setting the gerbera daisies outdoors on warm days. It's good advice and I definitely plan to, but first the temperatures here need to drastically improve.

NHBabs and Prairiemoon, my crocuses started out great too but after a few years disappeared. I'm sure the voles ate them. Below are just some of the vole highways in my yard this spring. I've heard that planting crocus bulbs in mesh wire cages will protect them, but being a lazy gardener, my strategy has been to give up on crocus and plant daffodil bulbs instead. Voles don't bother daffoldils at all. I don't believe that any of my vegetable roots were on the voles' menu either. My carrots, squash, and corn were unscathed. The only vegetable predators were birds plucking out newly sprouted plants, but Pixie Lou's pinwheel solution solved that problem! They did unearth and feast on the roots of a few of my newly planted spruce trees two years ago. This year they ignored the remaining treelets as well as the newer ones, so I guess their taste for evergreen root waxes and wanes.

I think those whose crocuses do well, probably have low populations of voles. As you can see, though, my property is infested with them.

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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Spedigree, that is very obvious isnâÂÂt it. I donâÂÂt see anything like that in my yard, but IâÂÂm going to do a good search this weekend. I will definitely increase the amount of daffodils too. No problems with your vegetable beds. That is great!

I wanted to ask you, where did you find those pinwheels you use? And I wonder if they would work for squirrels. [g]

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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

PM2: I do probably have a low population of voles (lots of predators) but I also have a high population of squirrels that also love to eat crocus bulbs.

All of my crocuses are Crocus tommasinianus cultivars which are squirrel resistant (that's why I chose them), and might also not be tasty to voles although I don't know that for sure.

It might be too early for the leucojums to come up, particularly since they were planted last fall.

Claire

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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Ohâ¦at least that's some hope for the Leucojum, Claire, thanks.

And that is interesting about the Crocus tommasinianus cultivar, because the crocus in the bed with all the missing white crocus, is 'Ruby Giant' which I believe is a variety of that and it seems to be fine.

One of my problems, is I do not have a population of predators. No cats in the neighborhood really, no snakes, only hawks once in awhile and they seem more interested in the birds. I have squirrels every day.

Well, I'm going to search every inch of the property this weekend and see what I come up with.

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NHBabs(4b-5aNH)

PM2, I only planted Leucojum once since they got eaten their first winter. I have since started planting tasty bulbs in hardware cloth circles unless they are in a part of the garden with gravelly soil. There are a few bulbs that both the voles and I really like, and it's worth the trouble to me to use the hardware cloth.

I don't think that the voles bothered the onion family or peas, melons, squash, tomatoes, peppers, herbs, or greens. I don't grow carrots, but I do sometimes find my potatoes munched. My veggie garden is surrounded by rough field that gets mowed a few times a year and so is chock-a-block full of voles. I often don't mulch much of the veggie garden (so the soil is warmed as much as possible) so the voles may feel too exposed. Also, most of my vole damage is in the winter.

In some places my vole tunnels look like Sped's but in others they are higher or slightly underground, visible only by the slightly raised or loosened soil. I think it depends on how much cover there is and how frozen the soil was when they were forming the runs and at what depth the most food was.

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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Thanks Babs, I am going to do the hardware cloth for bulbs. That's interesting that they left your veggies alone. I will look closely for any kind of disturbance in the beds and lawn.

Don't want to hijack this photo thread. I did pull up the old thread on 'tracks in the snow, moles/voles?' if anyone has any further comments about it. Thanks. :-)

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spedigrees z4VT

Well here is something that is blooming (or budding?) outdoors here. My largest pussywillow bush has pussywillows. The other smaller bushes develop catkins a bit after the "big mama bush."

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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

Just a few crocuses blooming today.

Steve

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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Spedigree, I love to have Pussywillow branches in the house in the spring. Lucky you, to have your own supply!

Steve, your white crocus look very happy!

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seanm10660 z6b(z6b)

Not in my own yard, but just wanted to post my first daffodil sighting from my lunchtime walk around Cambridge today.

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seanm10660 z6b(z6b)

And another one. One's mostly open, anyway...

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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

A few daffodils beginning to bloom, probably Rijnveld's Early Sensation that I planted years ago and mostly petered out.

And Scilla siberica 'Spring Beauty' is just beginning.

Otherwise, the later crocuses, also tommasinianus cultivars, are coming up while the earlier ones are staying put.

Crocus t. 'Albus'

Crocus t. 'Ruby Giant'

and mixtures of 'Roseus', 'Ruby Giant' and tommasinianus species.

Claire

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pixie_lou

First open daffodil! Down behind the pond.

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pixie_lou

I can never remember what these bulbs are called. Scilla? glory of the snow?

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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

pixie_lou: You might email the GW editor again - it took me two tries last time.
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Peonies are mobilizing!

Peony 'Festiva Maxima'. The little red eyes are popping up. This peony always blooms.

and Peony 'Silver Dawn Mix', which is really early, is raising clenched fists! I don't know if this one will bloom this year. I moved it last fall after it had gotten overwhelmed by a Knockout rose for a few years and I didn't do anything about it.

Claire

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pixie_lou

Thanks Claire. will try again.

Winter Aconite in the lawn

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spedigrees z4VT

How lovely to see beautiful blooms from everyone. I am excited just to see the snow and ice gone and a few early sprouts along the foundation wall of my house. I see daffodil and daylily sprouts. It is hopeful that spring may actually have arrived at last!

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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

spedigrees: I've read a few rumbles that this may be one of those delayed springs where a lot of different flowers bloom at the same time once they catch up. I hope so. You're probably at the beginning of an explosion.

My pieris are just starting to bloom.

Pieris 'Karenoma' is ahead:

And Pieris 'Little Heath' is just starting:

This prompted me to give the ornamental grasses their spring haircuts since the grasses were looming over the pierises.

As a bonus, I discovered some daffodils I hadn't seen sprouting between the grasses.

Claire

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Persimmons(6b Southern Mass)

I cannot wait to get home and start photographing: the lilac bush, the "tree-lings" which are sprouted up in my garden bed, the crocuses and daffodils, the peas and the nasturtiums which I'm hoping have sprouted. And what ever else will surprise me there.

Awesome gardens per usual, everyone. The photos are inspirational. Claire, nice crocuses!

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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

Claire,
Those tommy crocuses look great. How old are those clumps? I think I need to get some of those Ruby Giants.

Here in Central Mass the daffodils are beginning to open. Here's a picture of an early clump.

And this tiny clump, about 3 inches high, that I don't remember planting.

The Hellebores are in full bloom now. This is Golden Showers also, but looks different from it's siblings.

Finally the Hostas are starting to show pips. This group of 9 pips are from Empress Wu, the largest cultivar available, and it shows great promise of the season to come.

Steve

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pixie_lou

Hyacinths are starting to open!

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vermontgirl(4)

Nothing is blooming yet- but there is hope! I planted many crocus bulbs last fall and they are only just starting to make an appearance:

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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

Steve: The oldest crocus clumps are about 5 years old, but I planted more each year after that. I also dug up a few of the oldest clumps to move some of the bulbs elsewhere.

The tommasinianus (I practice writing that) crocuses spread very quickly in my yard, helped by the fact that I usually plant five or more bulbs fairly close together in a wide hole.

I checked my records and discovered that I had ordered Crocus 'Whitewell Purple' one year. 'Whitewell Purple' seems to look a lot like 'Ruby Giant' so some of the darker purple crocuses in my pictures may be WP not RG. If I feel particularly obsessed I may go out and stare at them to see if I can find a difference, but I'm not sure it's worth the trouble.

No hostas yet, but Dicentra 'Goldheart' is rising.

Claire

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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

It's been unusually warm for a few days and the pace is picking up. Tomorrow the forecast is for dramatic cool-down so the overenthusiastic flowers will probably be on hold for a while.

Today 'Toby the First' daffodils opened behind the Pieris 'Karenoma'. There were just buds there yesterday.

and Narcissus 'Jetfire' just opened in the middle of the Grey Owl juniper patch. I'll try to move these daffodils when the foliage dies down; the junipers are overwhelming them (there used to be an open space in the ring of junipers and the daffodils fit nicely in it). I held up one juniper branch to get this picture.

Scilla siberica 'Spring Beauty' is fully open now.

No flowers, but the good old reliable groundcover, Geranium macrorrhyzum (it's taken me a few years but I can type that quickly now) has put out nice green leaves.

Claire

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pixie_lou

It snowed last night.

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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

pixie_lou: your grass looks green under that snow!

It snowed here too, it was snowing early this morning when I got up:

It didn't seem to bother the sedums:

But the heavy rain last night and then a little snow smashed down some daffodils that just opened yesterday afternoon:

The sun's out now though, and all should melt. It looks better already:

Claire

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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

The pussy willow flower buds (catkins) are opening to full-fledged flowers, covered with pollen! The squirrels didn't prune the tree as much this year as in the last few years (maybe my glaring at them worked).

Incredible closeup photos of pussy willow catkins and flowers

They say that pussy willows produce nectar and are pollinated by insects, so this would probably be an excellent source of early food for bees and the like. I didn't know that. I heard a bumble bee buzzing around yesterday so I'm glad it has something to eat. Maybe the pollen is a food source too.

Claire

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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

Magnolia 'Leonard Messel'

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Phaewryn(4b)

MY FIRST BLOOM (Southern Vermont, in a deep valley)! Naturalized/wild bleeding hearts. Unfortunately, I decided to MOVE a ton of stuff early in the season (as soon as the ground thawed, so most of my perennials will be later blooming this year, but I am very excited to see even these tiny blooms before May! Probably will have some lily of the valley blooming next, as they are the closest so far.

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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

Flowers in Zone 4. It must be Spring. Today was glorious day to work in the garden. I took a few pics in between working.

PJM ready to pop soon

Magnolia

Hostas are emerging too. This is Sagae

montana Aureomarginata

Wheee!

A seedling from two years ago. This one needs to go in the garden and get a name.

Steve

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diggerdee

NIce pics everyone! I think spring is finally thinking about making an appearance!

No pics here, but I have the usual suspects - daffs (which have recovered quite nicely from a night of sleet and snow last week), grape hyacinths, chionodoxa on their way out, hellebores all in bloom. Hostas, bleeding hearts, daylilies, mums, monarda, phlox, clematis, all poking up, and leaf buds on a few hydrangeas. I think I may have lost some other hydrangeas, though. Keeping my fingers crossed.

My boxwood all looks awful. Not sure what to do about it....

Dee

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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

So nice to see all of the new life coming out of the drab winter! And Steve's yard looks as if he has chairs ready to sit out on the deck/patio! I'm aching for that time to come.

The roses are leafing out and the rambler 'Excelsa' is beginning to cover the bottom half of my (dirty) window. It's in a south facing location next to the house and is taking advantage of the added heat. Somewhere around July Fourth this window should be bedecked in pink blooms.

My great aunt made that stained glass window pane.

Claire

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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

Nearing the end of April the garden is still slow to wake up, but it's a joy to see what does sprout.

It's still mid-season daffodil and scilla time:
N. 'Lemon Glow' and Scilla siberica 'Spring Beauty' down by the road.

And there's one daffodil flower that I don't think I've ever seen before and I haven't found anything online that looks like it. It doesn't match my records of daffodils I've bought. This is the only budding stalk in the clump.

It's in a spot next to a peony where a daffodil certainly belongs. I may have found some bulbs while excavating somewhere else and just moved them there, assuming they were one of my regular daffodils. Does anybody recognize this?

Claire

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nekobus(6)

My Sanguinaria has been looking like it's about to bloom for three days. The first bit of sunlight finally hit it this afternoon, and the blossoms popped open.

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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

That's beautiful, nekobus! Maybe you could post it again on the What's Blooming in Your Garden - A photo Thread - May 2014 that was just put up? That way people who search for May bloomers will find Sanguinaria listed.

Claire

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NHBabs(4b-5aNH)

Nekobus, lovely flower and pleasingly composed photo.

Claire, I like that daffodil, both the form and the lemony color. It looks like a split cup which vary quite a bit, but all have segments instead of a whole cup.

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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

nhbabs: I posted the unusual daffodil pics on the Bulbs Forum, hoping someone could identify it. They also suggested split corona but no specific identity. There's another flower stalk there but I'm not sure if the flower will develop, I hope it comes back next year in profusion!

Claire

    Bookmark   May 2, 2014 at 8:55AM
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