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.
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.
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.