Friday, April 24, 2015

Tulips time and more

This week was so cold that I haven't been able to work in the garden.  We were surprised to see the tulips come into bloom as the week progressed.  It was so cold every day! What were they thinking? We are about two weeks ahead of last year if we use the tulips as a time mark.  

To my surprised most tulips appear as last year.  The daffodils being in their year two bloomed way earlier than the tulips and are not as sharp looking as a week ago.
This morning we woke up to 28F. Frost and sad looking tulips.  But the day turned around with temperatures in the low fifties and by afternoon the tulip border was glorious!
Tulips at 8:00am and 28F

Tulips at 1:00pm and 52F

I have the same border of tulips as last year.   I decided to not take out the tulip bulbs last summer and see what happens considering that this border is in a raised bed with good drainage.  Tulips do not like wet summers in Ohio. I didn't think that the summer was terribly wet but wanted to see what happens. I am happy with the experiment!
The tulips border: red is Darwin "Apeldoorn", pink/orange is Darwin "Apricot Impression" and the yellow/orange Darwin "Daydream"

Other flowers are in bloom right now:

Yellow Trout Lily or Dog tooth violets (Erythronium americanum) - wild flower


Narcissus poeticus

Thalia daffodil

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Garden Blogger Bloom Day- April 2015

I know we started the spring a little later than last year but the weather was decently warm and rainy and we have more blooms now that last year on the same day here in Hudson, OH zone 5.  Check-out my last year's post HERE

So what is blooming now?

Rockcress or Arabis alpina (zone 4-7)

Daffodil " Ice king"

Daffodil "Repleate"


Narcissus "Tete-a-Tete"

Dutch Hyacinth

Dutch Hyacinth or Hyacinthus orientalis

Tulip Kaufmanniana "Hearts Delight"-The last one

Lungwort or Pulmonaria (zone 3-8)

Helleborus orientalis

Primula vulgaris or Primrose
Muscari and Tete-a-Tete Daffodils


Scilla siberica

Cut-leaved toothwort  or Cardamine concatenata  (z. 3-8)

Spring Beauty or Claytonia Virginica

Bloodroot or Sanguinaria canadensis 

Japanese Fantail Willow or Salix sachalinensis ‘Sekka’ woods are loaded with spicebush in bloom

Lovage, oregano, lettuce, radishes

Trillium grandiflorum 
Come back next week to see what is blooming next:

Pasque Flower about to bloom

Dog tooth lily about to bloom (Erythronium )

For more blooms check-out the May Dreams Gardens blog where Carol hosts a parade of blooms.