Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day April 2014 - Spring Rewind

It's the 15th of April and, in the United States, Tax Day (the day by which we must file our annual income tax reports with Federal and most State governments). 

And, it is Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. This meme, brought to us by an Indiana garden blogger, encourages garden bloggers and flower lovers from all over the world to show what is blooming in their gardens or houses/apartments.

Except I can't, and I'm sorry.  I was supposed to be home today in the Binghamton area of upstate New York, but I am several hundred miles away, thanks to inclement weather.  Where I live, it was 80 degrees on Sunday. Now, as I write this, it is 36 degrees with light rain/snow flurries. With the wind chill it feels like it's 28.  It will be below freezing within the next couple of hours.
April Fool! No, wait, it's April 15, it's no joke, and people all over the midwest and eastern United States are covering plants and breaking their snow shovels back out.

When I left some 10 days ago on my trip, this is what was blooming, and it wasn't even in my yard.

What is a GBBD'er to do?

Well, I can show you what was blooming in my garden on April 15, 2013 and April 15, 2012.  
We've had a harsh winter, and I assure you, my yard looks nothing like either blog post now.  I checked just now with someone in my home area, and crocuses and early daffodils are all they have with perhaps some other early spring bulbs.
Redbuds, JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, NC
Or, I could show you what is blooming today, in the area around Raleigh, North Carolina, as I blog this.  Although, I suppose, this cheating.  In another day, it will be a fond memory.
Dogwoods, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Tulips, Duke University, Durham, NC
At least it's spring here, at least for the next few hours.  But still, this isn't my yard.  I'm a GBBD cheater!

Tomorrow we will head home back north, and we will experience spring rewind.  But even here, they have a freeze warning for tomorrow morning.

What's blooming (or not?) for you?



  1. Beautiful pictures, regardless of when they were taken..In LA we have lots of fruit trees blossoming and the Jacaranda trees are showing off in their gorgeous pink blossoms! My 7 year old loves all the wonderful organic vegetables that are reaching their peak in our garden at school. We'll be planting a vegetable garden at home while the girls are on break the next couple of weeks. Have a safe trip home!

  2. Love your photos. I'm not all that far away from you in New York City although today's temperature was 61 and rainy. I didn't think the temperature would be plummeting down to 36, even up north. We have a little tiny garden in front of the house and we have some flowers blooming. Looking forward to the warm weather! -Paulette Romero

  3. Blooms are blooms - there's no such thing as cheating! I especially love those tulips. And don't worry, spring really is on its way to your area and it will be worth the wait!

  4. We're anxiously waiting for tulips to bloom here in Nebraska, although with last night's low of 24, it may be safest for them to stay hidden for a few more days!


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