Monday, April 15, 2013

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day April 2013: Welcome Spring!

Purple Crocus
It is April and my northeastern Long Island garden is finally coming to life after a long and harsh winter. The temperatures have been rising into the 50's and 60's with one day topping at 81 degrees, causing spring to literally "bust out all over".    I have been waiting for this favorite time of year and just got finished doing some spring weeding and getting some photographs for this month's Garden Blogger's Bloom Day hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Come along and take a look!

White Crocus
The Crocus are the first blooms to arrive with shades of purple and white and are a very welcome sight.  They were late to arrive this year so I am very excited to see them!
Pink Hyacinth
The Hyancinths are opening to display their beautiful blooms in shades of pink and purple...
Purple Hyacinth

and their sweet fragrance is one of the first for spring.  I am happy that I can view these right from my back door.
Sedum 'Aurea'

The Sedum 'Aurea' has all of a sudden turned back to its golden color again after a recent rainfall and will soon be displaying yellow blooms along the rocks by the pool. No matter how small the crevaces in the rocks...this perennial thrives.
Magnolia 'Royal Star'

The rains and warmer temperatures have also caused the buds on my Magnolia 'Royal Star' to open and display their beautiful blooms.  There is also a mild fragrance that can be sensed across the yard and I so look forward to this every year.
Sedum 'Brilliant'

Here comes Sedum 'Brilliant' emerging out of the soil displaying its tiny rosette-like foliage. The characteristic of this perennial that I most admire is its perfect circular shape year after year then of course its blooms in late summer. It is a sure winner.
Sedum 'Dragons Blood'

Here is my Sedum 'Dragon's Blood'.  Strange name for a perennial but don't let the name deter you.  I planted it last fall because I admired its deep purple-red foliage and fuchsia blooms later in the season.  It is also a nice spring addition as it makes its first debut after the long winter.
Weeping Pussy Willow Catkins

The Weeping Pussy Willow has proven to be one of my favorite additions to the garden.  I look forward to the beginning of spring each year as the soft white catkins burst open with yellow pollen.  These bees are definitely in their glory!
Coral Bark Maple and Golden Oriental Spruce

This photograph was taken just after one of our spring rains at an opportune photo moment when the sky was amazing.  In the backdrop is my Coral Bark Maple starting to bud out.  Soon it will be covered in leaves of light green.

I planted this Forthysia on the center median of our street so that I could see it from my front window every the bright yellow blooms.


Love these pansies outside my back door! 

 Spring April 2013

Spring is certainly my favorite time of year when the landscape turns into a sea of blooms.  Being a true gardener I love being outside and tending to the garden and just thought about today why I rarely wear gloves.  Never having really thought about it much I came to the conclusion that I just love being at one with the landscape...simply is delightful!  Thank you for visiting and please visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens to see what is blooming in other's gardens.  Please leave a note so I know you've been here and I will be sure to visit you as well.  If you are looking for me I'll be out in the garden!

As Always...Happy Bloom Day and Happy Gardening!

Author: Lee@A Guide To Northeastern Gardening, Copyright 2013. All rights reserved



  1. Lovely spring flowers, you have just about the same as I have, except my new magnolia show no sign of producing buds yet.
    I don't wear glowes in my garden either, unless I am doing something that could rip my skin, for that I have a pair of builder's gloves. I don't mind dirt under my nails, but then I don't have lady's nails - I have a gardener's nails :-)

  2. What a beautiful basket of Pansies!
    Gorgeous Magnolia!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!
    Lea's Menagerie

  3. Looks like a pretty sensational spring at your place. The Catkins are beautiful. Happy Spring.

  4. I'm so please spring arrived for bloomday for you! Today is the hottest day so far this year and everything is flowering! Christina

  5. Hi Lee
    Your garden is starting to look like Spring! Lovely crocus and magnolia blooms already!
    Ha! You are headed out to the garden? So am I :)

  6. Hi Lee...I'm so glad spring finally came to your area. Your blooms are beautiful! I really like all the colors. I have to say my favorite is the Weeping Pussy Willow.

  7. Nice artistic touch with the images at the end of your posting...

  8. Happy GBBD- I envy your water!

  9. Not so distant from Ontario, but certainly warmer! I am a lover of white blooms...and so am particularly enjoying your white crocus and magnolia photos. I peeked at the viburnums as well! :)

  10. You caught such beautiful light in your picture of the Coral Bark Maple and Golden Oriental Spruce.

  11. It was funny, but I was expecting to see more photo paintings and there they are at the end of the post. They are so pleasing to look at and colorful too. You have to be enjoying Photoshop! Wow, the Magnolia is blooming. Here we are a bit behind, but yesterday there was a flush of plants opening. The 70° weather has them fooled. this weekend it sinks again. I keep taking plants in and out of the house. It seems like it will be June before I can leave them out over night.

  12. Happy GBBD! Love your artistic photo at the end of the post. Spring is beautiful.


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