As we know, Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of every month by Carol of May Dreams Garden. But this month I will be away from the garden on the 15th, so I am writing the very earliest Bloom Day post before I step away!
Not all that much is in full bloom around here, unfortunately. But there are some spring stalwarts, like daffodils...
...and bleeding hearts.
This is the classic bleeding heart, Dicentra spectabilis.
Oddly, my miniature Dicentra eximia is barely poking its foliage above the ground. Is it a short-lived plant? Or is it just struggling this year?
I'm bummed to be away for the next few days because my tulips are all ready to explode, and I'm afraid I'll miss the show.
Here is an example from the front garden; it's the tulip with the oregano planted on top of it.
In the back, my clump of tulips and hyacinths is ready to go crazy. I hope they can make the show last!
Take a closer look at this bud (click to enlarge if you need to).
These are 'El Cid' tulips, which are purple and yellow Rembrandt-types, and you can see the purple swirls on the bud. If the bud is this lovely, what must the flower look like?!
My forsythia is having a banner year, and I know that sounds a little funny because it's really a small, kind of scraggly forsythia. But truly this is the best flowering display I've seen it put on in five years. For some reason it's a great year for these shrubs. My neighbor has one that could absolutely stop traffic. But I'm proud of this small but bright display. This guy may not be the biggest but it's happy, and that makes me happy.
Also exciting (but not technically blooming) is the vegetable garden, where spinach and lettuces are sprouting! (Admittedly, this is not the clearest picture.) That's a broccoli seedling in the top left corner. A couple of those have survived last week's rainstorms and our chilly temperatures quite well. There's no sign of life from the onions yet, but I'm feeling hopeful.
Be sure to check out May Dreams Garden on the actual 15th! Happy early Bloom Day!