April Bloom Day

The big show of daffodils is over. Azaleas are done for another year. We have moved into full blown green and the weather is delightful.

Great wads of Philadelphus are blooming,
prolonging the ‘dogwood’ season.
Butterflies are out and mostly too quick for photos.
This Giant kindly posed.


‘Snowball’ Viburnum


Snowball Viburnum and Baptisia alba. Baptisia is not quite open.


Auricula eyed Sweet William Dianthus


Pure white Sweet William Dianthus


Bath’s Pink Dianthus.
Toadflax, Poppies and second growth Cabbages


Poppies are not as plentiful this year, but those blooming are wonderful. The first Corn Poppy bloomed today, no pic of it.

California Poppies, well placed here. Blooming with Amaryllis


“Exotica” Amaryllis — worth the wait.


My Petunia patch from last year has not returned.
One Laura Bush Petunia, blooming with Sedum Acre.
Irises and Roses are blooming. I didn’t make pics of blue Louisiana Iris and the pretty German Iris white with yellow falls and orange beard from Janie V. KnockOut Roses are a knockout. Reine des Violettes and the little sweetheart rose Cecilie Brunner are in bloom.
Happy Bloom Day.
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  1. extraordinary!…love them all!

  2. You have lovely things in flower, they are all summer flowers here, apart from the Amaryllis which never sets foot outdoors. What an amazing butterfly, do you know which it is?

    • Nell Jean

       /  April 15, 2014

      Thank you Chloris. We have early spring and late spring before we get to summer. The butterfly is a Giant Swallowtail Papilio cresphontes, one of many swallowtails we see here. Most have been too active to pose for a photo. I’ve seen Tiger, Zebra and Spicebush Swallowtails just recently.

  3. Your amaryllis, poppies and ‘Snowball’ Viburnum are beautiful. How big is the ball of the Viburnum? As big as a hydrangea bloom or half that size?

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