It’s Garden Bloggers Bloom Day,
Saturday, April 15, 2017.
GBBD is inspired by the words of Elizabeth Lawrence, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.”
April blooms are the reward of the back-breaking bulb planting last October.
I may have thousands of daffodils. Each year I add a few more and some will naturalize. If it’s a mild winter, spring will be spectacular. A long, sever winter will kill off many varieties.
These double daffodils are on the patio. It’s a subtle color, but the blooms are huge. I’m looking forward to their return next year. Maybe they will multiply as well.
She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,
She wore her greenest gown;
She turned to the south wind
And curtsied up and down.
She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
“Winter is dead.”
–A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young
Chillier, but daffodillier.
–The Old Farmer’s Almanac, 1991
Once daffodils and tulips have gone by, add bone meal to the soil for next year’s blooms
Daffodils are both deer-resistant and rodent-proof, as these animals do not like the taste of the bulbs in the Narcissus family.
Tulips are putting on a display today too.
There is no such thing as a black tulip but this purple bloom looks black on a cloudy day. It is much smaller this year, but a repeat performer. Because of our mild winter, many tulips are blooming for a second year.
Don’t let folks tell you pink and orange clash. Mother-Nature doesn’t clash. I posted these tulips on Facebook and folks haven’t stopped with the positive comments.
I’m happy GBBD happens the mid month. In another week the tulips will be gone. Thank you for stopping by. You are always welcomed in my gardens.
♣ On the 15th of every month, garden bloggers come together to share what is currently blooming in their gardens. Carol of May Dreams Gardens started Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Get a signed copy of her new book, Potted and Pruned: Living a Gardening Life, on her website.
Patsy’s Vegetable Garden Update
Vegetables: My tomatoes are in the cold frame and about 6 inches tall, getting acclimated. So are the eggplants and a multitude of peppers. I’m growing anchos, Anaheim, red, yellow, purple, chocolate and green color bell pepper plus a few padrone.
Herbs: There are lots of spring herbs already up and flavoring morning omelets. Chervil, chives, mint, cilantro are thriving, There are 6 or 8 kinds of basil just in the seedling stage.