Saturday, April 14, 2012

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day April 2012-Spring At Last!

Magnolia 'Royal Star'
Welcome to my zone 7 northeastern garden in April for another Garden Blogger's Bloom Day.  It is spring at last and a very unusual spring it has been.  It was a winter where the ground never froze and only a few inches of snow graced the landscape.  It has been very warm with temperatures way above normal. The garden is in full speed ahead.  Let us take a look around to see what is blooming!

Korean Spice Vibernum (Vibernum carlesi)

The Magnolia 'Royal Star' is exceptionally beautiful this year with its mildly fragrant white blooms.  Vibernum carlesi (Korean Spice Vibernum) displays its pinkish-white blooms and its fragrance can be noticed across a distance.
Pink Weeping Cherry (Prunus subhirtella Pendula)

My Pink Weeping Cherry tree ( Prunus subhirtelli Pendula) highlights the corner of the property with its light pink blooms on cascading branches.
Grape Hyacinths
The grape hyacinths bloom in the warm of the sun.

Ajuga 'Burgundy Glow'

Old reliable Ajuga 'Burgundy Glow' has made it through the winter and is sprouting its new purple growth soon to be followed by bright royal blue flowers.  I just re-introduced myself to ajuga this past summer after past failed attempts.  I am really enjoying its vibrant color...success!


The daffodils are in bloom.
Thundercloud Plum blossoms

Here are the first blossoms on my new Thundercloud Plum.  We planted it last fall once an old maple tree had to be removed.  I always wanted one of these beautiful trees and am enjoying it already!
Kwanzan Cherry blossoms
The Cherry blossoms are lovely...just love the blooms in spring.

Nepeta 'Little Titch' (Miniature Nepeta)

As you can see here there are bright spring blooms on Nepeta 'Little Titch'  This is also a new addition to the garden from last year and it seems to start blooming even earlier than the fuller sized nepeta.  This variety stays petite at a height of about 6-8 inches.
Spring Garden-Magnolia 'Royal Star' and Spirea 'Gold Flame' in Bloom

The gardens are coming to life.  The gold mound spirea are getting their foliage and the lilies emerge from their winter sleep.

The forthysia show off their bright yellow display.

Hello Spring!

In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful. ~ Abram L. Urban

I hope you enjoyed the tour of my April garden.

Be sure to visit our hostess Carol at May Dreams Gardens and see what's blooming in other gardens.

As Always...Happy Garden Blogger's Bloom Day and Happy Gardening!

Author: Lee@ A Guide To Northeastern Gardening Copyright 2012


  1. I love those weeping cherries! Around here, we're nearing the very end of the bloom period. Crazy - it's only mid April.

  2. Wow look at that forsythia, it's so cheerful looking! I love the cherry blossoms too, they are one of my favourite things about spring.

  3. Me too.
    That weeping cherry is stunning.

  4. That cherry tree looks stunning just now and I'm really interested in your little titch nepeta as I've never heard of a dwarf one before. Something I must check out and see if available here in the UK.

  5. Hello, I just found your blog on GBBD. So many lovely trees and other things blooming for you now! I really like the shrub planting around your courtyard.

  6. Love that quote! That cherry tree is amazing!!! Cherry trees don't grow down here, I can only imagine how fabulous it must be to see something like that every spring. The pic of your magnolia and gold spirea is just beautiful.

  7. Thank you all for visiting and for your lovely comments. I try to add something new each year for some more spring color...cannot seem to get enough of those blooms! Happy GBBD everyone and thanks for sharing your gardens!

  8. Thanks for the tour. Your gardens are quite lovely. Yes, this past winter was wonderful in my book. As a fellow NYer, I welcome a mild one anytime. Have a great week. -Al

  9. Lee, your gardens are grand. I've had problems with some Ajuga varieties myself. There seems to be some kind of crown rot which affects them. I've had Catlin's giant(crown rot), chocolate chip(crown rot), black scallop (which as resorted back to the original species)and the original reptans.

  10. Your weeping cherry is gorgeous!!

  11. Thank you Nancy. The weeping cherry seemed to be having a problem a few years back but we rejuvenated it by giving it a good pruning and it seems to be helping. I love it too. Greggo-after all the failed attempts with the ajuga the one I have now is the reptans 'Burgundy Glow' far so good.

  12. Thank you for an excellent post! I enjoyed the gardens you featured very much, and you made some excellent points. I think a great garden must have personality that sets it apart.
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