Today, on the 15th day of the month, and the mid point of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, I participate in a monthly meme called Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Hosted by an Indiana blogger at May Dreams Gardens, gardeners from all over the world show off what is blooming in their yards (and/or houses) on the 15th of each month.
If you participate each month, it's a sneaky way of making you keep a gardening journal.
Here in my upstate New York zone 5b garden, it was a historic winter and early spring. Low snowfall, an unforgettable Christmas Eve (December 24) with people partying outside on their patios, crocuses coming out in March. What wasn't there to like?
Well, the snow we had on April 4 (followed by record cold that killed the already emerged cherry and magnolia blossoms (RIP), and turned daffodils into droopodils) then more snow. But the good news is, the snow is gone and it appears that spring is finally here. A spring that will be minus some of its signature blooms, but spring nevertheless.
Finally, I have more flowers than I have room to show you.
For the first time, I am grateful for my location - my blooms are always a few days later than those in the neighborhood, and that may have been what saved some of these flowers.
My final jonquil bloom (not 100% sure if it is a jonquil or a tiny daffodil, but it was in full bloom when the snow came.)
My species tulip.
Also, in the back, primroses are blooming furiously. This is also not a modern variety. The flowers are tiny, but are they prolific.
Sanguinaria, or bloodroot, is finishing up.
Meanwhile, as to my houseplants, kalanchoe is blooming.
My last Thanksgiving cactus bloom - although one of my plants is putting out blooms again. This has been their best blooming season ever.
My last year Mother's Day moth orchid reblooming- here are some of the 14 blooms. Not bad for a supermarket orchid plant, is it?
And last but not least, my gardening gamble - the April Rose camilla I bought in North Carolina last year. It is out of its zone but I took a gamble in growing it in upstate New York. I love camillas so.
It appears it has survived the late cold snap, and the one day it got to -10F. Let's hope it lives up to its name.