“Maypril” Blooms: GBBD, April 2012
One year ago, my Gettysburg, Pennsylvania garden was a vision of sweet early spring, with blooms of forsythia, daffodils and hyacinths at their peak (Sometimes April Is the Sweetest Month). In the warm, early spring of 2012, however, those early spring flowers have already gone by and have been replaced by flowers more typical of late April and early May. My walks to work these days provide an opportunity to enjoy the pleasures of flowering dogwood and eastern redbud, cherry and apple blossoms, and blooms of lilacs and bearded irises.
The old-fashioned bleeding hearts (Lamprocapnos spectabilis) hold pride of place in my garden right now, with both pink and white versions in bloom. A large specimen of this plant expands to fill almost the entire width of the front flower bed, accompanied by blue flowers of Pulmonaria on one side and Brunnera on the other.
|In the back flower bed, the bleeding hearts are much less prominent. Not only is the plant growing in this part of the garden younger and smaller, but its flowers are being upstaged by the showy blooms of Viburnum x burkwoodii.
To the right of this flower bed, in my neighbor’s adjacent garden area, a young Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) that I never noticed before is also in bloom. (It’s hard to imagine how I could have overlooked this tree in the past; perhaps this is the first year it has bloomed?)
In the stone circle, the blooms of Lamprocapnos spectabilis ‘Alba’ blend quietly with the white and green foliage of Hosta ‘Francee,’ just unfurling its leaves. And at the front of this flower bed, Phlox subulata has begun to open its pale lavender blooms.
I know that many parts of North America have been visited by an unusually warm and early spring this year; and I imagine that others are also experiencing this mix of late April and early May that I’ve been thinking of as Maypril. Is it Maypril in your garden?
Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her blog to see what’s in bloom this month in gardens around the world.