For those visiting for the first time, I garden in Eastern Washington state, zone 5b.
April is my favorite month--and not just because it's my birthday month, either. Despite the capriciousness of the weather, it is just so good to be alive in April! Signs of life in every direction, leaves budding out, flowers blooming, balmy but not too hot, (between the random snowstorms). I love it!
The kids had Spring Break last week, and we went out of town for a few days. When we left there were so many things on the verge of blooming--I had high hopes for many lovely surprises when we returned. I was not disappointed.
Look what I found!
'Abraham Darby' rose filling out, with a few daffodils behind.
Buds on the peony!
This is year 3 for this particular one, and the first time there have been buds.
We may actually get blooms this year!
Tulips, with flowering almond in the background.
Most of the year, the flowering almond fades into the background, but in April it is my favorite shrub.
Look at those mini pink pom-poms!
These are behind the mockorange.
The early daffodils are all finished now, so this is round 2--mostly minis.
I don't know all the varieties, but aren't they lovely?
These are in the flowerbed by the shed:
We've got flowers!
I hope that means we will get some fruit this year, too.
Front Porch Bed
Bleeding hearts (dicentra).
It's nearly all hyacinths up top right now.
I actually don't remember planting the mix of colors, but I like it.
I liked this little color combination with the white and purple/blue.
The white mucari are Muscari botryoides album, and the ombre on the right is Muscari latifolium.
Yes, there are weeds abounding.
Keepin' it real.
'Festival Pink' hyacinths have really multiplied.
I love their airy, less compact flowerheads.
Closeup of the tulips.
The grape hyacinths (muscari) are really multiplying down front, as they tend to do.
It's probably about time to divide them and spread out the goodness a little.
Look at this grape holly! (mahonia aquifolium)
It was just a mere slip of a thing when I planted it a few years ago.
It has grown to fill that narrow, shady spot beautifully, and April is definitely its time to shine.
The bright yellow just lights up that dark corner.
Not much to say here except LILAC BUDS!!
Around back once again:
This ornamental plum tree is just a cloud of pink right now.
I can see it out of my kitchen window and it makes my heart so happy!
Finally, in the vegetable garden:
We have things sprouting!
As far as I can tell, everything but the carrots has come up!
(I'm not worried--carrots usually take longer than the rest.)
To see other gardens around the world, head over to Carol's blog at May Dreams Garden.
It's amazing what 3 days can do in April!
Do you have tulips blooming right now? Do you miss your garden when you go on vacation?