Archive for April, 2010

Bloom Day – April 2010

Last day of serviceberry blooms

All sorts of things are in bloom – we’re way ahead of last year:

  • Forsythia
  • Serviceberry ‘Autumn Brilliance’
  • Koreanspice viburnum
  • Purple-leafed sand cherry
  • Hyacinths
  • Muscari
  • Tulips
  • Scilla siberica
  • Yet more celandine poppy
    Celandine poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum)
  • Labrador violet - it spreads
    Labrador violet (Viola labradorica)
  • Marsh marigold (Caltha palustris)
  • Pennsylvania sedge in bloom
    Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pennsylvanica)
  • Dandelions (before I take a Cobrahead to them…)

Blooming soon: crabapples, prairie trillium, lily of the valley, & Virginia bluebells.  Thanks to Carol for getting everyone looking at flowers on Bloom Day!

Essay in Yellow (and Goldfish)

Forsythia in bloom

I was very happy to see the forsythia in bloom this past week. Last year, it hardly bloomed at all, and in 2008, it didn’t bloom until late April. This year isn’t the earliest the forsythia has bloomed, though; my first photographic blog post showed it in full bloom in late March 2007.

King Alfred daffodil

Both the large King Alfred and the tiny Tete-a-Tete daffodils have joined the Rijnveld’s Early Sensation in bloom. (The crocuses withered away in the first warm day.)

Marsh marigold and goldfish

As usual, the marsh marigold (Caltha palustris) is putting on a spectacular show in the pond.  The fish have gotten over their winter skittishness and are following all visitors to the pond, hoping for a treat.