At last, It’s Bloom Day!

I’m thrilled to be able to participate in Garden Bloom Day at last. This really lifts my spirits after 3 days without power after an ice storm! Deep down I’m quite discouraged due to severe damage to many trees which snapped on our property…just one week after being pruned! Thousands of dollars later, I am beginning to look at a bit of colour, colour which others have no doubt seen already.

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It all began here with the winter aconites, then the snowdrops.April8-2013WinterAconite1

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The iris reticulata, though small in number, are a real morale booster!April8-2013IrisReticulata

On sunny days (what’s that?) the anemone blanda open up cheerfully.April15-2013BloomDayBulbs2(anemoneBlanda)

Chionodoxa are all about, scattered by chipmunks and squirrels. They are in the lawn and places far from where they were first planted.April15-2013BloomDayBulbsApril15-2013BloomDayBulbsB

And at last the witchhazel is in bloom! It has been weeks since others have had theirs blooming.April15-2013BloomDayWitchhazel1

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Many bulbs are emerging, but not showing colour yet. The hellebores took quite a beating under layers of ice, but today they are doing well. I’m so glad to see them!April15-2013BloomDayHellebores1April15-2013BloomDayHellebores2April15-2013BloomDayHellebores3April15-2013BloomDayHellebores4

One other sure sign of spring is the rhubarb with its red knobby beginnings appearing. I’ll need to dig out some rhubarb recipes this week. 🙂April15-2013BloomDayRhubarb

This morning a friend encouraged me by coming over to help pick up sticks and prune about 25 clematis. Now that’s a true friend! Only two days ago the clematis arbor looked like this.April14-2013IceStorm11ClematisArbor

But now that there is color at the end of the tunnel, life is perking up again!April15-2013BloomDayCardinal

I’m sharing this post with Carol at May Dreams Gardens

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8 Responses to At last, It’s Bloom Day!

  1. So glad you are seeing some blooms Marie..Lovely photos as always..

  2. Alice Jordon says:

    Damage breaks my heart but thankful you have spring blooms!

  3. Sue says:

    You’re getting there! Nature can be a formidable adversary to us poor gardeners but without it where would we be?

  4. Sarah says:

    Well… it may make you feel better that we still have snow 3′ deep on our front lawn!!! only about 1′ left in the back yard… but it seems that all last year’s growth on our Alberta Spruce has aturned brown! OH NO! It grew a record 8″ to 1′ last year, and now it looks to be dying/dead… 😦 It looked so happy last year I thought it was finally just taking off after establishing itself.

  5. Lydia Plunk says:

    Snow to me means vacation. To you, it probably means lots of work.

  6. Michelle says:

    Sorry to hear that you experienced damage to your trees. The damage in our area is unreal. Many trees will need to be cut down. You do have quite a lot of beauty springing up in your garden though.

  7. Your garden is further along than mine! Lovely. And, as I scrolled through, I kept repeating my mantra, “Must. Plant. More. Bulbs.”

  8. Thank you one and all for the encouragement! Today is another gardening day in sunshine, before thunderstorms over the next 2-3 days. 😉

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