The Natural Garden Coach

Friday, March 16, 2012

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day and Bulb-o-rama!

Tulipa clusiana
On the 15th of every month it's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day hosted by Carol of May Dreams Gardens. Though I may be a little late (Blogger problems), I can't pass up posting in springtime, can I? In the last week our area has exploded with blooms of all kinds. I've had my bulbs going for a while but I still have some to show off. So I'll start off with my Bulb-o-rama exhibit and then show a few other pretties blooming in the yard. Gotta love that clusiana tulip, which reliably returns each spring.
The color of these 'Treviathian' daffs is no joke; the darkest yellow ones I've ever seen.
'Ice Follies' daffodils in the front yard. Alas, they faded fast this year with the warm temperatures.
'Excelsior' Spanish bluebells, Hyacinthoides hispanica - this latest purchase from Old House Gardens had huge bulbs compared to last year's purchase.
Tulipa clusiana 'Cynthia'
White "cemetery" iris - the ones on my little hillside are always the first iris to bloom in my yard.
The 'Mrs. R.O. Backhouse' daffodils are interesting. According to Old House Gardens, she was known as THE pink daffodil for decades. But as you can see, she starts out with a yellowish cup (left) that matures to an apricot color (right).
An older 'Mrs. Backhouse' - isn't she a faded beauty?
'Thalia' daffodil
Through the gate "sidelight" - 'Thalia' daffs and Wave petunias
I'm so excited I finally grew some borage from seed! The flowers taste similar to cucumbers and can be used as a garnish.
Almost forgot to show you my "Wave Purple Improved Spreading" petunia (as it was labeled).I planted this last spring and I've never fertilized them or done anything to them really. In fact I meant to cut it back a few weeks ago. Guess it was made for this mild winter.
A new hellebore for me, 'HGC Joker' has upright blooms.
'Hinckley's' columbine I think. I bought it in Texas (where Hinckley's is common)  last year but it had no label.
Lanai Bright Pink verbena with blooming rosemary and candytuft in the background.
Not blooms exactly but if you squeeze your eyes almost shut they could look like blooms! One of my latest fun projects.
I really need to stop now! Hop on over to Carol's blog to see other GBBD contributors!
This post was written by Jean McWeeney for my blog Dig, Grow, Compost, Blog. Copyright 2012. Please contact me for permission to copy, reproduce, scrape, etc.