An unapologetic plant geek shares advice and opinions on gardening, the contrived and the natural landscape, as well as occasional topics from the other side of the gate.

April 15, 2014

Bloom Day - Nearly Missed It

     On the way home from work today, it suddenly dawned on me that today was Bloom Day, and I was not sure I could pull it off. A big ugly front is passing through today bringing heavy downpours and tonight much colder temperatures. Fortunately, I was able to get home during a break in the rain and was able to get some shots. Even more fortunately, we are not expected to get any freezing weather tonight, which the rest of the state has in store. While I was in the garden I came across a large fabric case with a shoulder strap tossed into one of my beds. Opening the case I determined it was a breast pump kit and that likely some ne'er-do-well chucked it there when he figured what he stole was not something more lucrative. Oh well, that's life in the big city. Now on with the show (hover over the photos if you want the plant names).


Loropetalum chinensis var. rubrum 'Pizazz'

Ipheion uniflorum

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Little Honey'

Ranunculus x 'Brazen Hussy'

Porch View with Redbud

Rhododendron x 'Red Ruffles'

Tulipa (1)

Tulipa (1)

Viola koreana 'Sylettas'


Weigela coraeensis

Acer palmatum

Ajuga reptans 'Chocolate Chip'

Corydalis heterocarpa var. japonica, Brassica oleracea 'Redbor', Euphorbia helioscopia

Euphorbia helioscopia - Mad Woman's Milk (2)

Euphorbia myrsinites

Euphorbia x martinii 'Ascot Rainbow'  (2)

Fallopia japonica 'Variegata'

Hyacinthoides hispanica (3)

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Sun Goddess'

     On the 15th of each month Carol of May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. You should stop by and see what the cool kids are doing.

April 3, 2014

In the Moments

     Spring is not so much a season, but a sequence of moments. Last week's buds are this week's blooms and next week's fallen blossoms. This year the winter that did not want to leave pushed many early blooms later into spring, and it seems like everything is happening all at once. Blink and you might miss it.

Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula' (5)

Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula' (1)

Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula' (2)

Magnolia 'Susan' (1)

Magnolia x 'Heaven Scent' (2)

Magnolia 'Spectrum' (1)

Statuary Vista (2)

Statuary Vista (1)

Erythronium americanum

Trillium pusillium var. pusillium

Baker Hall  (3)

Baker Hall  (1)

(All of the pictures in this post were taken last Sunday at the Norfolk Botanical Garden.)

     To my fellow bloggers, I apologize for not visiting lately, but I've been tied up trying to prepare for several classes I've never taught before, writing overdue articles, and becoming reacquainted with my own garden. I'll try to make the rounds this weekend, unless of course the weather's nice.