Regular taking of photos and posting on what’s in flower in the garden from month to month gives a great overview of the garden on a yearly basis too. Even without keeping a blog it is a great way of keeping a record. Last year’s video for April 2008 showed the plants were behind those in 2007 although my posting for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day didn’t start until May 2007 I still took photos at that time. April 2009 is seeing flowering ahead of 2008 so I guess we are back on track again.
Drumstick primula, Bergenia, Rhododendron, Hellebore
Carol at May Dreams Gardens, a garden blog in Indiana USA, came up with the idea of inviting garden bloggers throughout the world to post on what was in flower in their gardens on the same day. The 15th of the month was chosen. This is a fascinating way to get a plant picture of the world. It also shows how many plants we all have in common too although not always flowering at the same time.
Viola 'Ruby and Gold', Snake's head Fritillary
Carol, still hosts Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and every 15th of the month asks “What’s blooming in your garden today?”
“We welcome everyone to join us for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day whether this is your first time or your 27th time, whether you have a garden blog or some other kind of blog.
"It’s easy to join in. Just post on your own blog about what's blooming in your garden right now, outdoors or indoors. You can include pictures, lists, common names, botanical names, whatever you’d like to do to showcase your blooms.
"Then leave a comment and put your name and a link back to your bloom day post in the Mr. Linky widget, so we know where to find your blog and can visit to see and read about your bloom day blooms.
"And like last month, once you’ve added your name to the list, please come back and visit and comment on a few of the blogs listed before and after you. Bloom day is a great way to find new blogs and bloggers’ gardens!” Thank-you Carol, it certainly is!
Oh… I should say later postings are very welcome. My photos were taken at the end of the 16th as it got dark so you could say they are night blooms this month. It was completely dark with some so I had to remember exactly where to find them and watch where I was standing too! When I add my link to the Mr Linky list on Carol's posting it will be 136th posting. Wow! So without further adieu, here’s what’s in flower during April 2009 in my small garden in Perthshire, Scotland. Oh… I’ve included some buds, opening tree leaves and the first photo of my Gunnera emerging after its winter sleep.
Daffodils, Paper white narcisi, White Fritallary
Wood Anemone, Broom, Clematis, Rhododendron, Allium bud, Primrose
Dandelion, Narcisi, Euphorbia
Brunnera Jack Frost, Tulip bud
Weeping pear tree blossom, Hyacinth, Erysium Bowles' Mauve, Clematis 'Constance', Coral bark Acer new leaves
Acer leaves uncurling, Arabis
Gunnera new growth, Meconopsis new growth
Tulip growing in lawn fading away
Happy Bloom Day and have a great weekend!
All photos shown above were taken in my garden on the evening of April 16th 2009. It was getting dark and many photos were taken in complete darkness. Flash was used in them all.