A beautiful afternoon is always more beautiful in an April garden. The columbines are putting on a colorful display in such wonderful combinations. A blue is blooming, lots of mauve and lavender, a few frilly white blooms and many double blossoms again this year. Our favorite is a small salmon and yellow bloom on a tall slender plant- a wild columbine from seeds we harvested on a walk a few years ago.
My large hosta, for some reason, (probably chipmunks!) has not returned. I dug where the roots should be and no sign at all. That may be one purchase I will make this year – a few hostas to fill in the center of the garden.
Our baby dogwoods are growing with abandon – and we had 18 blooms across the three largest trees this year! Yea! We will move a few of the trees out into the yard this fall. And the two redbuds will be moved to flank the western edge of the garden.
Big fat bumblebees were very busy working across the garden and making their acquaintance with each bloom.
This weekend, we will head to the garden center for lots of flowers and plants to fill the pots for the patio. Then all that is left to do is enjoy the beauty. And water and fertilize and deadhead and weed and weed and weed.
Green is the color of April-
pale green of tender shoots,
deeper shade across the heart shaped leaves,
sprinkled with petals of all flowers
on the path of the dancing honey bee.
Now, this year, the columbines are just showing off!
The garden is thick with these sweet flowers in a riot of color and form. We have the palest of clear white to deep burgundy to double blues for the first time.
The bees are drunk with delight. You should see these big old bumbles working their magic – cross pollinating to beat the band, and leaving the secrets of their work to be revealed next spring. They tumble thru the garden, loaded with golden pollen, to finally make their way to a hive hidden in the woods. I wonder what columbine honey would taste like?
The iris will be in bloom in the next few days and the pinks are just showing color. Hostas and ferns are making their way. So the summer garden is taking shape.
I am sure the fairies are enjoying this garden – dancing and reveling in the magic of the columbines every night under the new moon.
I keeping hoping to see them one night in their merriment – might even join in the dance.
Our garden is beginning to bloom filled with columbine and bleeding hearts. The little volunteer dogwood and redbud trees are thriving – and we have our first blooms on one of the dogwoods this year – and one of the redbuds had one tiny bloom – it seemed so proud!
And as you can see, we will have a nice outbreak of frogapalooza soon – the pond is filled to the brim with tadpoles!
I was looking back at last years pictures and posts of the garden in April. And with the understanding that last year was unusual, by this time, all the trees were completely leafed out and my daylilies were in full bloom. Not this year!
This spring has brought us more seasonable April weather for the Ozarks – a coolish and rainy month with a few warm and perfect days. We can get glorious Mays, filled with lovely sunshine and warm days and I am keeping my fingers crossed that we will be fortunate to have one of those months.
My columbines have surprised us again this year. These are the progeny of just 4 or 5 plants we put in the garden about 10 years ago. They have reseeded like mad and we never know what colors or forms they will take when they grace our garden with blooms.
They seem this year to have gone to a mauvey purpley color. Our big Colorado blue has turned dark maroon, though it has kept its size. We still have quite a few pale pink and bicolored, and one or two terrific grape purple. No doubles this year to my surprise. I had thought they would continue since they seemed to have established their own side of the garden-but not this year – they are all single blossoms.
I love this garden. It delights me every season with its beauty and its charm. One never knows what surprises it has in store – must be the fairies that live there!
Yes, the columbines are in bloom! They fill my early spring garden with the most magical flowers – their colors move from pale to vibrant. There is a pale creamy white, the blue Colorado, darker blues, light pinks to a deep double burgundy.
I first planted 5 little nursery containers about 7 years ago. Since then they have naturalized, reseeding to their hearts content, and surprising me each spring with new plants. Not only have they reseeded, forming little colonies across the garden, but the busy bees have, with their happy cross-pollination, changed the colors over the years. So now each year is a new discovery when they bloom.
Also blooming are the bleeding hearts, beautiful open lockets along slim green stems. They hide under the stone bench and now the columbines have joined them for a spring tableaux.
Also joining in are the hostas, painted ferns, everdale ferns and a hardy oakleaf hydrangea, that I thought had died in the heat last year.
The centerpiece of this garden, when we first built it, was a lovely pink dogwood. It was in the center near the birdbath, and gave us such a spring thrill with its pink cloud of blossom. I was so sad when it died, several years ago, and the garden looked so bare without it the next year.
But nature moves on, waking each spring with new life. And we have 18 – yes, 18 – little baby dogwoods, growing in the garden. We will wait to see if they bloom pink (not likely) or have reverted back to the original white. Then we will transplant along the edge of the yard for a spring time vision of beauty.
I hope your little piece of this beautiful world is filled with the loveliness of spring. Because, as always, it is the course of our seasons.