I know, I know, it is almost Memorial Day Weekend, and I am still posting blogs for April. It is just one of those years…Cindy and I have had a lot of other things going on, and blogging has had to take a back seat. Sorry for that! Anyways, back to an epic April, just wanted to put some more photos up. First, some before and after photos. This is a photo of a dogwood bloom. Contrary to what many people may think, it is not a four-petaled flower. The white “petals” are actually modified leaves. The compound flowers are actually in the center of the “bloom” and are not yet open in this photo.
That photo was taken in early April. Two weeks later, the flowers in the center are starting to open:
OK, another before and after series: Many of our Yakushimanum hybrid rhodies are favorites of ours because of the different colors we get between the new buds and the open flowers. Typically, the emerging flowers are dark pink, as in this photo:
One the flowers open, they generally turn a lighter pink, sometimes almost becoming white. This particular bloom belongs to a Yakushimanum Rhododendron FCC.
OK, two more rhododendrons, and then I’m moving onto some other flowers that came into bloom in the latter half of April. Next to the Malta is an early-blooming nearly-white rhododendron that we have not been able to identify. It is possibly a Girard’s White:
And finally, one of our favorites due to its extraordinary color, is the “Purple Gem”, a very small-flowered, small-leaved rhody…although this picture is deceptive:
Ok, moving on to some more flowers, we had a number of native wildflowers and other blooming plants in blossom this April, such as the native Dicentra “bleeding hearts”:
We also have several patches of the native hardy geraniums, in several colors. These are true, perrenial Geraniums, not to be confused with the more commonly known Geraniums that have to be brought inside in the winter, which are actually in the genus Pelargonium. Here is a single bloom from one of ours:
My final entry on the wildflower front is our white trillium, also known as a white wake-robin (Trillium grandiflorum), a real nice addition to our gardens:
And last but not least, in the flowering-tree category, we planted a Carolina silverbell (Halesia carolina) a few years ago. Last year, it had a few flowers. This year, it was absolutely full of flowers! The tree branches look like they are lined with hanging bells, which is nice, but I think they look even neater from below, such as here:
So, in summary, it had been an amazing April. It has also been an incredible May as well, but unfortunately we have been remiss in getting new photos out. And our peak bloom, which usually occurs a couple days either side of Memorial Day Weekend, was probably 4 or 5 days ago, so things are already starting to fade out, rhododendron-wise. But there is always something in bloom here, and we hope to put a few more photos up here and there. And don’t forget to stop by this coming Memorial Day Weekend for our 13th Annual open garden event! Hope to see you!