Well, April Bloom Day (hosted by May Dreams Gardens) finds me with more blooms than I had in March! I have quite a few hyacinths and do they ever smell nice! I have them all up near my house as I wanted to smell the fragrance entering and exiting my front door. Their placement ended up being fortuitous for another reason, too. Most of them are under my roof overhang so they stay pretty dry over the summer, and that's just the way they like it (uh huh uh huh).
Here are some white ones in another location.
And some mixed blues and whites in a third location.
I also have three sets of heirloom hyacinths, which I planted last fall. They are not quite up yet, but they have nice nubby buds.(The tips of the foliage are a bit damaged from last week's snow, but it won't hurt the flowers.)
I love this pale purple grouping of what I think are chionodoxa. I say "think" because while they look all the world like chionodoxa, I didn't buy or plant any chionodoxa last fall (?!).
I also have some happy yellow daffodils peeking out from under a garden chair.
And some paler daffodils are just about to bloom, as well. I have a few more groupings with buds as well.
Both my forsythia out front where it's more sunny, and this one out back where it's more shady, have started to bloom, both flowering only on the bottom branches so far.
This isn't the best photo because the focus is on the ground and foliage, not the blooms, but my pulmonaria in the north shady bed are blooming. (And aren't the little leaves of sweet woodruff cute, too?!) They always start out as a few small blooms here and there, and then by mid-May there's a mound of blue blooms over a foot wide.
These primroses on my porch more or less survived last week's snowfall.
This sweet pansy has only one bloom at the moment, but it's such a lovely color!
While hounding the garden for blooms, I was elated to see the rattlesnake master I'd planted last fall has sent up baby leaves, in that sweet light green color (the tips have frost damage but will not hurt the plant). I love how the hairs look spiky and Little Shop of Horrors-esque!
And, look! The holiday arrangement on my side porch still looks nice (except for one branch) four months after I made it!
Finally, this is Jimi. He's not, as you will surely note, a bloom of any kind, but the mug in the background has blooms on it and, frankly, James is cute. That, and he was making it hard to do this entry by walking back and forth across my keyboard until I took his photo. Oh, sure, he looks all casual and nonchalant, like he's not even posing, but trust me, he is! (Fiona was sleeping, so her photo is not included.)
Happy Bloom Day, everyone!