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Thursday, April 15, 2010

April is for Blooms!

So you like blooms do you? Then April is the month for you here in Tennessee. There are so many blooms around I can't post all of them up here at once. You'll just have to come back and see them later! For now though I've picked some of the best of the blossoms for your enjoyment.

Viburnum x burkwoodii 


The 'Burkwood' Viburnum's flowers are much more known for their scent than their appearance - for good reason! Still the flowers are definitely worth noting.


Malus sargentii

The flowers of our Sargent Crabapple are blooming for the first time.


Tulips: 'Negrita' and 'Shirley'


I mentioned 'Shirley' earlier in the week but surely 'Negrita' is due some time in the spotlight!

The next two photos are my favorites for this post! I hope you can see why.


Prunus x yedoensis 'Yoshino' Cherry

The Yoshino Cherry is one of my favorite spring time bloomers. Sadly the blooms are about to fade for the year, but if they bloomed year round would they be as special?

Japanese Maple Acer palmatum


I like this photo of the Japanese maple for its simplicity. The Japanese are known for their beautiful gardens centered around the idea of simplicity. Could there be a more perfect plant than the Japanese maple for a simple garden? I've always felt that maple flowers tend to get overlooked for the more impressive displays of blooms, it's too bad but maybe better that way - it makes them more special to stop and take note.

There is more - lots more to share. I hope you'll stop by again and see what this spring brings!

And thanks again to Carol for hosting Garden Blogger's Bloom Day.

9 comments :

  1. I feel like I should be jumping around and singing 'The flowers that bloom in the spring, tra lah!' Lovely photos, Dave. I haven't prepared a bloom day post yet, but I CAN do so now. Just waiting to see if the sun will put in a bit of an appearance--always makes it nicer.
    We also have Burkwood viburnum. Glorious flowers. This is the year I plan to add more viburnums. (I have half a dozen, including several native species, but there's always room for more!)

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  2. Jodi,

    I'm a big fan of viburnums. Not so much for the snowball types which are sterile but the ones that make berries are great. I layered an Arrowwood in the fall and came up with six new viburnums off of two side branches. I'll try and root more of the Burkwood after flower bloom from some greenwood cuttings.

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  3. Hurrah for your crabapple putting on a show this year! Dont you feel such satisfaction when one of your garden babies begins to shine! Those cherries would be great year round indeed. Yum, they are awesome...

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  4. Wonder how long the post would be if I/you posted everything that is blooming...Just a spectacular time of the year! I believe my gardens took the rather cold winter as a challenge and they are winning. Lovely post Dave.

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  5. Wonderful blooms, Dave! Love the cherry blossoms, and 'negrita' is a beautiful tulip! I should take a note to plant for the fall...Jan

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  6. Those cherry blossoms are spectacular -- all your blooms are beautiful, Dave. Isn't Spring just the best?! - Nancy

    (Blogger is having fits again this morning with Open ID.)

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  7. My Yoshino Cherry has almost finished blooming, which is a big disappointment because it has never had as many blooms as it did this year. I need to start getting some viburnums, there are so many pretty ones and the berries would be great for the wildlife around here. I posted a picture of my creeping phlox for GBBD just for you:) Check it out.

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  8. Dear Dave
    I am envious of your Japanese Maple : ) in a good way of course .. I would love to have one as well but this zone thing is tricky .. darn !
    We are a little slower than you but it is so wonderful to see the garden wake UP !
    I have been working on it all week and the old blody is saying take a day OFF EH !! haha
    Your blooms are beautiful and as Jodi said if you posted all of your beauties it would be a huge post : )
    Joy
    I better get some posting done myself !

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  9. The Sergeant crabapple, the Yoshino cherry and the maple are wonderful! I would love to have a Japanese maple, but they do not like our winters.

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