Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

So very excited to be participating in my first Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. Things are pretty slow in my zone 5 garden. Because of our proximity to Lake Michigan we're a good week to two weeks behind any zone 5ers to the west of us. I expect the Serviceberry will bloom next week (and then it will rain the next day). Right now the things that many gardeners said goodbye to a month ago are now just peaking in my garden.


Unnamed daffodil. I don't know what it is but I sure love it.

The Virginia Blue Bells and the daffodils look wonderful together right now.

The pulmonaria with the striking variegated iris behind it. I know the iris isn't blooming, but damn, that's a fine lookin' plant.


And the best blooms of all: this fantastic surprise in the woods. Is there anything better than Mother Nature doing something like this all on her own? I doubt it. And as for the trilium, I think it is the best example there is of the beauty of simplicity. Unlike a calla lily, which is almost brash in its simple elegance the trilium is humble. Three leaves, three petals. The best.

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  1. Hi Erin, happy GBBD to you. Lovely set of blooms there. The first one is really stunning!

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  2. Thank you, Kanak. Because of bunnies and deer I'm able to grow precious few tulips but that one almost makes up for the others I'm not able to grow. Happy GBBD to you, too!

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  3. Beautiful may blooms! Happy GBBD to you!

    -Cathy

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  4. Part of what I love about Bloom Day is being able to see the differences in timing. For example, you still have beautiful daffodils, and mine have already completely been and gone.

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  5. Some of my daffs here in my zone 5 garden are just opening. How long they last will depend on whether it stays cool! Also my white Trillium are at the peek but the reds are going over. Your first photo of that tulip is stunning!

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  6. Such a nice name for a garden blog. I think we all are impatient.
    That Trillium was a fabulous surprise: a gift.So pure and impeccable.
    Enjoy your first bloomday.
    jo

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  7. Happy GBBD! What a gorgeous patch of trilliums you have. I enjoy spring more when it's cooler because the early blooms last so much longer. You do have an advantage due to your location! Cheers/Yvonne

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  8. Thanks for the nice comments and for visiting, everyone! Meryl, you're so right! GBBD really gets us all out of our microclimates of our own back yards.

    Each Little World, wonderful blog you have. Looking around I just realized you're in Madison, a place I miss very much!

    Jo, isn't it true about patience and gardening? I sometimes wonder if I'll ever get better at just WAITING.

    Yvonne, I will try to remember that this weekend when we have highs in the low 50s!

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  9. Great blooms, funny for me to see Daffs blooming this time of the year, here in North Florida ours are gone.

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  10. One word: TOTALLY JEALOUS. (Ok, that's two words.) Love the pink tulips, love the trillium.

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  11. Just gorgeous, especially the trilliums.

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  12. BEautiful!I do so miss northern gardening at this time of year.Mine,in Florida,is finishing up.

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  13. I agree, trilliums are hard to beat. Worth waiting for! And so nice to stumble upon. Not sure what that narcissus is either but I feel like I've seen it. Lovely wacky tulip in your first shot, too. Happy Bloom Day!

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  14. Your blooms are beautiful - a friend just gave me some of that variegated iris. I just love it!

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  15. Darla and ChrisC and JonJ: It's nice hear that we have a little something for you to appreciate up north! Most of us Wisconsinites spend the majority of the year dreaming we were in Florida. And until the day I die I will want a palm tree in my backyard that I can put Christmas lights on.

    Katie, Rosemary and Karen: Thanks for the nice compliments and you're all so right about that trillium. There is something special in the soil in that part of the woods, because it's the only place I've found trilliums and Mayapples. I've thought about trying to spread them around but then thought better of it. Mother Nature put them there (to my knowledge), so who am I to go messing with that?

    Phillip: I guess that variegated iris has a sort of lavendar bloom. I don't know. I bought it last year after it would have bloomed and it hasn't yet this year. And you know what? I don't even care. You know how they talk about 50-foot hosta? The ones you can spot immediately from 50 or more feet away? That iris is one of those kinds of plants. It lights up the entire yard and immediately draws your eye to it.

    Thanks to everyone for visiting on this great GBBD! I tried to make it to all your blogs and I'll go back! What a great way to explore other gardens.

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  16. I love the combo of the ruby Pulmonaria with the yelllow Iris foliage. (Ruby & chartreuse is my new favorite color combo.) Oh, my, that is the most wonderful patch of Trillium grandiflorum! Is deer hunting popular in your area? They don't grow wild around here because they're deer candy.

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