Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day (GBBD) – May 15

The blogger from May Dreams Garden blog started the tradition of “Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day” on the 15th of every month.  I like the idea of recording what’s in bloom in my garden on a regular basis, but have somehow always missed the 15th.  This time, I managed to get outside, camera in hand!

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2012, 2011 and 2010 Dates for Early Spring Arrivals

Our cherry tree is in full bloom now, March 23, 2012.  In 2011, the cherry tree came into full bloom around April 22.  In 2010, peak date was April 4.

The first crocuses appeared on February 19 this year.  In 2011, they showed up around March 17.  I don’t have records for 2010.

From these two data points, it looks like 2012 is about a month ahead of 2011, but perhaps only 10 days or two weeks ahead of 2010.  I’ll track the early native flowers in the next few weeks and see if this pattern holds true.

May 2, 2012 update: The Shooting Stars are at their peak now, just about two weeks ahead of their peak in 2011.  Maybe the cooler, rainy weather of the last couple of weeks has slowed down the spring arrivals!  Alas, my Pasque Anemone has not flowered this year.  My guess is that dividing it last year took away the flowers this year.  I do have a new plant under the plum tree, and the original patch, so I’m hopeful I’ll have blooms next spring.

Pink Overhead…

Even though it’s past the peak bloom, the cherry tree is still glorious.  There are so many bees on it that I can hear a steady humming noise in the background from anywhere on the patio.  I usually think of that kind of noise as being electronic, but I guess it occurs naturally, too!

I think the peak of our cherry blossoms was last week, maybe April 21 or 22, which is about 17 or 18 days later than the peak last year.   This fits with what others are saying in the gardening blogosphere about this spring being later than the spring of 2010, which was unusually early.  My impression is that the gardens in general are doing much better this year, and speculate that the long period of snow cover was good for our natives (though the storms damaged many trees).

Spring Wildflowers – Uvularia Grandiflora

I’ve been quietly delighting in the beautiful flowers of the Uvularia grandiflora that appeared this week. I got this plant from the New England Wildflower Society in June of 2008, and know that it flowered last spring, but I think it is a much more generous bloom this year.  And it’s a bit early – mid-April this year, instead of the May time noted in most descriptions (including the plant tag).  I’m still waiting for its partner, the Uvularia sessilifolia, to show – I think (hope!)  some tiny stalks are beginning to appear.

Early Spring Garden

Just a few days into April, and there are small signs of growth – new leaves, new buds – appearing everywhere.  Here’s a tour of some of the signs I saw today.

The wild ginger (Asarum europaeum), under the cherry tree, has new leaves just emerging from the ground.

My two Dog Hobbles (Leucothoe fontaneiana) on the side of the house took some damage from rain coming off the roof here, despite the gutter we added last year.  They lived up to their evergreen reputation, though, and now have some small buds appearing.

The small Cliff Green (Paxistima canbyi) is also showing tiny buds.  

Foliage from two wildflowers are making an early entrance: Bleeding Heart (Dicentra eximia) and Columbines (Aquilegia canadensis).

And here are two non-natives that bring in the spring with early flowers: Candy Tuft, out in my south-facing street bed: and Heath, bringing a touch of color between our Alaskan Weeping Cedar trees on the northwest side of our house.