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sprig to twig » Blog Archive » let the show begin

let the show begin

Clematis armandii

I happen to be fond of white flowers, so there are lots of them in my garden. Perhaps the showiest is the Clematis armandii when it engulfs the front deck.

Anemone blanda ‘Alba’

Just about the time snowdrops stop blooming, up pop the windflowers, Anemone blanda ‘Alba’.

Rhododendron ‘Janet’

As ‘Janet’ reaches full bloom, she loses her early blush to become pure white.

pear trees

Pears, cherries and plums are blooming now.

wild strawberries

I only just discovered that there are wild strawberries blooming under the front cedars.

Thalia

Fragrant little Narcissus ‘Thalia’ is one of the last of the daffys to bloom.

‘Thalia’ stem

I love this little bud vase, because I can bring a stem or two into the house to enjoy without seriously impacting the outdoor show.

trillium

Trilliums transplanted from our woods are finally settling in.

scilla

I understand why people with smaller gardens complain about these two vigorous spreaders (scilla and forget-me-not), but here they are welcome. They cover up all traces of the dying foliage of the tete a tete daffodils.

Haworthia and veronica

Not everything is white around here. The tiniest of the daffys is pale yellow ‘Haworthia’, here surrounded by Veronica peduncularis ‘Georgia Blue’.

Tulipa ‘Fire Queen’

Tulipa ‘Fire Queen’ comes along just as ‘Shakespeare’ finishes.

Fritillaria meleagris

A favorite of mine is Fritillaria meleagris.

Ceanothus ‘Blue Jeans’

Ceanothus ‘Blue Jeans’ is just getting going, soon to result in clouds of blue.

Fragraria ‘Lipstick’

Fragraria ‘Lipstick’ quickly spreads to form a ground cover dotted with bright pink blossoms.

Dicentra spectbilis

Then there are the romantic, old-fashioned standbys like Dicentra spectabilis

Lilac

and lilacs. One whiff and I’m a child again, romping in my gram’s unkempt yard. I’ll draw the line here, even though I could go on and on. It is April, after all. For more, visit our gracious hostess, Carol, at May Dreams Gardens.

15 Responses to “let the show begin”

  1. Grace Peterson Says:

    Oh don’t they make you giddy? I love every one of them. Your Clemmie is amazing scrolling along your deck railing. I love the moss surrounding your Anemones. And your like is stupendous. What’s not to love about this time of year. Cheers!

  2. Jane / MulchMaid Says:

    We had C. armandii at our last house/garden and it was an absolute delight. I’m so happy to enjoy yours here. I like white flowers, too. I think it’s because I’m not always confident about my color sense, but when I use white, it always works with other colors. That’s such a pretty lilac color with the hint of red. Happy Bloom Day!

  3. Shirley Says:

    A very good show for all your white blooms. The clematis is a show stopper and the Fritillaria is a favorite to see because it looks unreal as if it were painted.

    Happy Bloom Day!

  4. Peter/Outlaw Says:

    Wow that ‘Haworthia’ surrounded by Veronica peduncularis ‘Georgia Blue’ is a pretty combination! Fritillaria meleagris with the checker board pattern is also a favorite of mine. It’s an exciting time of year when something new is happening in our gardens every few hours it seems! Hooray for spring!

  5. Alison Says:

    The Clematis armandii is gorgeous, such a beautiful cloud of white. Fritillarias are a favorite of mine too. Glad to see your Trilliums are doing well.

  6. ricki Says:

    Grace~I know…beauty and fragrance all around.

    Jane~Your color sense seems fully operational to me…orange.

    Shirley~How did Mom Nature come up with those checkers?

    Peter~I’ll second that (all of it).

    Alison~We all seem to be in agreement…but that’s gardeners for you.

  7. PlantPostings Says:

    Your garden is something special, for sure! The bud vase is perfect for the Narcissus. And you are so fortunate to have Strawberries! Yum!

  8. Jenni Says:

    Hi Ricki, you have such, romantic, woodland gardens. I love the moss and the graceful groupings. Happy GBBD! Cheers, Jenni

  9. Loree /danger garden Says:

    I love all your white flowers, I used to be a white flower girl but somewhere along the line stopped caring and started buying for foliage. You know what happens then, a riot of clashing flower color!

    Glad to see there is a fellow lilac lover in the community.

  10. Mark and Gaz Says:

    Let the show begin indeed, and what an opener! Sun and a gorgeous selection of blooms! Love the Clematis armandii, it’s putting on a spectacular show!

  11. Janet, The Queen of Seaford Says:

    Clematis armandii is so nice, love its fragrance! I NEED to check into Janet rhodie, you have sold me.

  12. Angie Says:

    Ricki - what can I say that hasn’t been said already! Heavenly signs of spring in your garden. I must admit to being jealous of your Clematis armandii - they are not hardy here and I love them, so thank you for show off yours.

  13. ricki Says:

    Plant Postings~Thanks so much for stopping by and joining the conversation.

    Jenni~I love seeing you here. Sorry I have been unable to leave comments on your blog, but I do visit and enjoy it.

    Loree~Sniff sniff…who could resist?

    Mark & Gaz~Some of that sun is bound to come your way soon.

    Janet~If only it were warm enough to eat outside while the armandii is doing its thing.

    Angie~Sorry you can’t grow the Clematis, but you obviously have plenty of other choices to compensate.

  14. Heather Says:

    Too much good stuff! That clematis is like a cymbal player, marching into your yard and announcing spring. I love it.

  15. ricki Says:

    Heather~Yep, it’s the harbinger all right.

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