GBBD: Blooms to Gladden Every Gardener’s Heart

DSCN1716There have been many surprises in the garden recently, as new blooms and blossoms appear thick and fast, having been tempted out of their slumber by the warmer days and greater light levels. Rather than revisit some of these delights  for April’s Garden Bloggers Blooms Day (kindly hosted by Carol at May Dreams – please visit her blog for links to other Blooms Day contributors), I decided to focus on some of the other blooms in the garden, those that have been creeping up quietly and without fuss or fanfare.

At the front of the house the viola in the two baskets have cheerfully bounced back after the snow, frosts and cold winds, looking as good as new and preparing to act as a foil for Narcissus ‘Pencrebar’ which is just breaking open its buds. In a pot under the canopy above the front door, sheltered from any rain are some beautifully blue blotchless pansies, survivors from a couple of years ago, with some equally neglected narcissi, possibly also ‘Pencrebar’.

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The stalwart primroses continue to flower in the woodland, but much happier now there is some warmth to encourage them, and in the borders are a couple of clumps of Primula ‘Husky’, rejects from my Mum who admits they are ‘good do-ers’ but doesn’t like the colour. They may not have the simplicity of our native primroses but are still a welcome sight at this time of year.

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The relative warmth of the last week has seen off the last of the snowdrops, but only just, leaving the seed pods to swell and spread the offspring further about the woodland edge border. Meanwhile, the hellebores are still stunning, now standing even taller and more erect than before, but much as I love and admire them I have selected just three to feature today – the huge heads of Helleborus argutifolius, a beautiful pale pink variety which has become one of my new favourites for its delicate colour, and Helleborus ‘Winter Moonbeam’, with its distinctive moon faced flowers.

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Finally, I just had to show you all the pulmonaria I could find – not only are they coming into flower now but their leaves are putting on their spring coats , beginning to bulk up to form the satisfyingly large clumps that some of them have become. Some of them are named – Blue Ensign is in there, and Sissinghurst White, Raspberry Splash and others too – but with their colour and distinctive leaves, enhanced today by the sunshine, names just don’t matter as they are pure unadulterated joy:

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17 Responses to GBBD: Blooms to Gladden Every Gardener’s Heart

  1. It seems there are lots of us with the new Wintermoon Beam Hellebore this year – I’m pleased I splashed out, it’s been very worthwhile!
    Your pulmonaria are way ahead of mine but isn’t it nice that everything is leaping forward!!
    Happy Bloom Day Cathy 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      There has been just a little colour on the pulmonaria in recent weeks, but all of a sudden they jumped out at me today. I bought Winter Moonbeam with Mother’s Day vouchers so that makes it even nicer!

  2. Pauline says:

    Your daffodil studded lawn looks fantastic, really beautiful. Lots more flowers are slowly opening with the slight increase in temperatures, the pulmonarias at last have bumble bees wallowing in them and lots of foliage is beginning to emerge on the trees. Spring has arrived!

    • Cathy says:

      I had a bee following me round as I photographed – more honey bee than bumble, I think. Everything looked so lovely today Pauline, and the sunshine just made it even better – I’m sure you are enjoying your garden in much the same way

  3. So cheerful, can’t believe the change in such a short period of time – and your daffs “Tête à Tête look just stunning”, Cathy!

  4. bridget says:

    Nice that something other than Spring yellows, much as I like them, is appearing now.

  5. I like your “coming attraction” of what I will be seeing here in upstate NY shortly. I love violas and pansies. Sometimes pansies will overwinter here but they don’t look like they are coming up tis spring. I have various primroses, including white, and hope they all will be blooming by next week. Happy GBBD.

    • Cathy says:

      You ramblin, me rambling! Thanks for dropping in Alana – I was amazed at the pansies because they have not been nurtured at all and they must be at least 2 if not 3 years old – I like those ones as they don’t have blotches! I hope your primroses and other gems are blooming next week for you 🙂

  6. Hello! I’m here from GBBD. I really love violas. They have to be one of my favorite flowers. They’re so cheerful, and they can take anything spring throws at them and keep on looking beautiful. Your photos are lovely.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks for your kind comments Linnae. The violas had borne the brunt of the cold winds and the snow we had recently and looked very tatty and bedraggled. I cut off the dangly bits and they have put on another spurt and are nearly as good as new now!

  7. Anna says:

    Oh those daffs were certainly worth the wait Cathy – a sunshine filled lawn. I recognise familiar friends in your April blooms. Pulmonarias are a long standing favourite here but some have got either lost or lost labeled over time. I went to a plant sale at the weekend and came back with a trio 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      I shall know not to expect the T-a-T before April next year, Anna, as I had forgotten they were so much later than snowdrops and crocuses. I love pulmonarias too, and still have some of the original one that came from my parent’s house when they lived in Rochdale (and I think it came from another relative before then), which has moved with me. When photographing yesterday I found my P Blue Ensign which I thought I might have lost (shh, I had already bought a replacement…). Are your new ones named?

  8. LOVE the brick path with the daffodils! Also the violas, I just planted three flats of white, yellow, and blue daffodils.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jason – that area does look good now, doesn’t it? It will be a different matter when the T-a-T are over and I am waiting for the leaves to die down before the grass gets cut though!! What is a ‘flat’? And blue daffodils?

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