Shades of yellow, blue, violet and green and the best blossoms of all

Spring is off to a slow but welcome start in Connecticut. All the blooms in my gardens are still pretty much at ground level, but if you look closely … beyond the cheerful daffodil and narcissi … you’ll see some colorful treasures. My trusty camera caught a few blooms to share on this April 2011 Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. I snuck in some buds and greenery, too.

April narcissi          OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


My little clump of Tete-a-Tetes survived early deer browsing and sent up a mass of happy flowers, though a keen eye can still see the evidence of deer nibbles.



Close inspection reveals one or two common periwinkle blossoms peeking from behind leaves.



The still tight bud of grape hyacinth.



Naturalized scillia demurely hiding by a back corner of the house. Looks like these scillia leaves also had an early visit from deer.



White lilac buds are making promises. They’ve come a long way since last month.



Low-bush blueberry buds are just starting to swell.

blueberry buds


Raspberry leaves are a shade farther along.



Chives add bright touches of green.



But the best blooms of all did not originate from my gardens. They came from a friend’s kindness … one of the most precious gifts of all.


Yep, that’s a strawberry leaf and blossoms in the center of a bunch of happy-faced violas. Thank you, Amanda. Just like your friendship, this truly is a gift that keeps giving.

Now head over to May Dreams Gardens, where Carol hosts Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Check out the flowering gifts from all over the planet.

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16 comments for “Shades of yellow, blue, violet and green and the best blossoms of all

  1. April 15, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Joene, that is a sweet basket from your friend – we’re budding and swelling and so ready for spring – next GBBD should be very colorful indeed!

    • joenesgarden
      April 15, 2011 at 8:34 am

      Thanks, Cyndy. My basket sits on the front porch in full view. I love it. The next GBBD should be more colorful … May in CT gardens … so much to photograph, so much to enjoy, so looking forward to it.

  2. April 15, 2011 at 9:02 am

    I must have the slowest most lethargic daffodils in the northeast…. nothing to show yet at all except some green tips. So I am enjoying your blog daffodils! And all your other shy sweet early blooms of spring.

    • joenesgarden
      April 15, 2011 at 9:39 am

      Laurrie, glad to accomodate. One of the nice things about regional quirks is that you can enjoy the bloomin’ daffs here and, later on, I can enjoy them through your photos.

  3. April 15, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Your daffodils are beautiful.

    What a marvelous idea, strawberries in the midst of violas, two of my favs. Strawberries make a wonderful ground cover with treats for the critters and the gardener.

    • joenesgarden
      April 15, 2011 at 9:41 am

      You are so right, Nell Jean. I use Alpine strawberries to edge part of a perennial bed and I share the fruit with birds. I’ll definitely plant the bonus strawberry and watch to see how it does during the rest of the growing season.

  4. April 15, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I love, love, love that basket. I think I should scatter some viola seeds in among my strawberries in the fall for next spring.

    • joenesgarden
      April 15, 2011 at 12:12 pm

      Heather, you have a great idea. Glad my basket prompted it.

  5. April 15, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Buds definitely count here in New England. Love your gift basket and aren’t the tete-a-tetes satisfying?

    • joenesgarden
      April 15, 2011 at 12:13 pm

      Layanee, the tete-a-tetes, being such an early bloomer, are one bulb every northern gardener should have. They bring hope.

  6. April 15, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Loved your header photo and color. Is that a scabiosa.

    • joenesgarden
      April 15, 2011 at 12:15 pm

      Hi Greggo. Yes that is scabiosa on my header. Glad you like it and thanks for stopping by.

  7. April 15, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Joene, It looks like spring has finally arrived in your garden! The periwinkle flowers seems like an unexpected surprise, typically they bloom closer to Mother’s Day don’t they?

    • joenesgarden
      April 15, 2011 at 4:07 pm

      Debbie, I’ve noticed periwinkle blooming elsewhere so I don’t think mine is unusually early. They do bloom on and off for quite a while though. Maybe this is why you recall then closer to Mother’s Day.

  8. April 15, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    A lot of buds here in the Falls, not much open yet. My daffs are sitting in the frosty weather, but trying their hardest to make a show. Spring really graced your garden with bloom and color. Lovely macro images too.

    • joenesgarden
      April 15, 2011 at 4:51 pm

      Thanks, Donna. Most of my garden is still bud and promise. The daffs carry the color weight this early in the season.

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