Mid-April in a Connecticut Garden–Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

Spring is emerging at a slower rate in 2013 compared with 2012 in Connecticut. As much as the sun tries to warm the ground and the bodies of busy gardeners, chilly temperatures continue to hold on through this mid-April Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, the day Carol, at May Dreams Gardens, hosts a ‘What’s blooming?’ garden party for bloggers all over the world.

On this date last year lilac blossoms were just a few days from opening and the blooms of many narcissi and all crocus had already gone by. This year the last of the crocus bloomed yesterday,


and the earliest of my narcissi, the Tete-a Tete’s, are still in bloom while later narcissi have just begun to open. Adjacent thyme, lamb’s ear, santolina, and Siberian iris are beginning their spring growth but have yet to overtake the mulch blanketing the ground. Wonder why the old garden forks? They keep local deer from nibbling the foliage of the Tete-a-Tete’s, something they have done in passed springs.



Perennials slowly grow taller and send out young leaves in spite of the cool temperatures,


but much of the color must be appreciated up close.


Though blueberry flowers are beginning to open and the new leaves of native American beech are shoving aside the dry remains of last year’s leaves, the most striking color in my gardens comes from the inside clivia bloom.


These rich colors remind that warm weather is bound to arrive soon … isn’t it?

Head over to May Dreams Gardens to feast your eyes on blooms from elsewhere.

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10 comments for “Mid-April in a Connecticut Garden–Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

  1. April 15, 2013 at 9:34 am

    This are certainly moving in the right direction aren’t they. The variegated foliage of that Iris (?) is beautiful. I’ve never seen one like this before. Your Clivia bloom certainly stands out!
    Happy Bloom Day!

    • April 15, 2013 at 9:40 am

      Angie, the variegated iris is Iris pallida ‘Aureo-variegata’. I has fragrant, pale lavender blooms and the foliage looks great until frost. Happy Bloom Day to you, too.

  2. Sue
    April 15, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Yes spring has been slow in arriving and as much as I’ve been complaining about the cold, I’m really not. Spring blooms last so much longer in cool weather.

    Love that Iris and it seems to have become difficult to find as opposed to the cream variegated I. pallida albo variegata.

    • April 16, 2013 at 7:07 am

      I’m with you, Sue … enjoying the slow spring emergence. I’ve been searching for more Iris pallida ‘Aureo-variegata’ but, like you, find the white variegation version is more available. Happy that I can divide ‘Aureo’ and spread its joy.

  3. April 15, 2013 at 10:22 am

    My first bloom day to join in and have found many wonderful garden blogs like yours. Love your pics!

    • April 16, 2013 at 6:47 am

      Welcome, Yvonne. I’m sure you found many wonderful photos on your Bloom Day tour. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. April 15, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Nice (especially the indoor clivia!) I really like the rusted garden forks — what an eye-catching way to deter deer. Do you leave them as a garden structure even after the narcissi go by and the deer have moved on? I hope so, it’s a clever garden ornament.

    • April 16, 2013 at 6:55 am

      Laurrie, I have a small collection of rusty forks that I move around depending on there they are needed. These protect the Tete-a Tetes in early spring, some of the curved ones protect emerging allium foliage from wayward feet, some I use to support small drooping plants. I like the contrast of the rusty old garden implements against blooming flowers and it’s a nice way to put something old to new use. I’m always looking for more …

  5. April 15, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    If it’s any consolation to you, my garden is behind yours. My crocus are just starting to open! Good thing I had snowdrops and winter aconites to tide me over!

    • April 16, 2013 at 6:57 am

      Kathy, I’m actually enjoying this year’s slow spring emergence … I have more time to take care of bed prep and other spring chores before everything explodes with growth. I just wish it were a bit warmer during the day … getting tired of chilly winds. Enjoy your emerging crocus!

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