Bloom Day

May 2014 Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day in Connecticut

Spring brings lots of blooms to Connecticut gardens, and May always brings bountiful blooms for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. The spring of 2014 had a slow start and has remained generally chilly – giving us a long and lovely daffodil bloom time – but, during the warmer temperatures of the last week or so, other spring bloomers have begun to shine.

Lilacs, the common purple variety, 5/15/2014 in CT

Lilacs, the common purple variety, 5/15/2014 in CT

Lilacs – the common purple variety – fully opened yesterday in my garden, though the flowers are a bit scant this year.  Late season extreme cold likely damaged the forming buds, resulting in few purple and no white lilac flowers this spring.

Mimicking the lilac color is early-blooming nepeta (aka catmint). planted nearby.

Nepeta blossom

Nepeta blossom

 

 

 

 

Rivaling the lilacs in fragrance are Lily-of-the-Valley flowers. A vase of these dainty beauties sit on the corner of my desk, keeping me company as I write this post.

Lily-of-the-Valley

Lily-of-the-Valley

 

 

 

Two flowering quince (Chaenomeles sp. Texas Scarlet), planted in the transition area between lawn and woods, managed to survive the winter and put out a few flowers.

Flowering quince 'Texas Scarlet'

Flowering quince ‘Texas Scarlet’

 

 

 

 

 

 

Azalea and dogwood blossoms add pink tones.

Azalea

Azalea

Dogwood

Dogwood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alpine strawberries and blueberry bushes promise yummy treats if I get to the fruit before the birds.

Alpine strawberry

Alpine strawberry

Low bush blueberry blooms

Low bush blueberry blooms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And two viburnum shrubs hold blossoms nearly ready to pop.

Leatherleaf (Viburnum rhytidophyllum)

Leatherleaf (Viburnum rhytidophyllum)

Viburnum plicatum 'Mariessii'

Viburnum plicatum ‘Mariessii’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The remaining daffodils round out the show of blooms.

Narcissus Fragrant Rose

Narcissus Fragrant Rose 

May blooming narcissi

May blooming narcissi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

unknown variety of May blooming narcissus

unknown variety of May blooming narcissus 

Likely Poet's daffodil

Likely Poet’s daffodil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Head over there now to enjoy the May blooms in gardens all over the U.S. and beyond.

 

Indoor beauties – March 2014 Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

Winter still has a good hold on my Connecticut garden, allowing only brief hints of temperatures and blooms to come. So, instead of showing the one or two crocus buds or the green shoots of the Tete-a-tetes shyly peeking through the soil, I’m focusing on indoor beauties for this Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.

A lovely deep maroon cyclamen has greeted me each morning for the last couple of months. Lately it’s been joined by a small echeveria in bloom. Individually these two houseplants hold their own. Together they form a wonderful contrast in leaf and blossom shape, color, and form.

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Close up views show the delicacy of the echeveria bloom.

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I’m anxious for spring weather to replace winter’s cold, and I will thoroughly enjoy scrolling through the photos many other gardeners share at May Dreams Gardens  this Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. It must be warmer somewhere!

But while I wait … impatiently at times … for spring’s warmth and the burst of bloom that will emerge from the ground, I’ll take time to enjoy the simple beauty of this indoor plant combination.

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White Blooms, Red Blooms – Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

Cold and snow continue to be the most descriptive words for February. Though temperature swings have been common this winter, and often melt all previous snow, winter returns with a vengeance bring heavy wet snow and biting cold air. But inside, white bloom and red blooms brighten spirits this February 2014 Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.

Just a month ago amaryllis blooms were only a promise.

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But today they are in full glory, first presented as seen in the camera’s flash.

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Captured later in more natural light.

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Nearby, a new cyclamen compliments the ladies in white by dressing herself in deep red blooms.

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Together they brighten even the grayest February day, reminding that next month spring starts.

Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day. Head to Carol’s site to see what’s blooming in gardens all over the world.

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