Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: Bud Break

Grape Hyacinth with lavender creeping phlox in the back ground

Grape Hyacinth with lavender creeping phlox in the back ground

With the cold weather behind us (at least for present), the entire garden responded with joy to last week’s rain and snow.  Peach trees which were in bud are now flaunting their colors, and it appears I’ll be, once again, fighting the deer for peaches this summer.  The apple trees remain wary; their branches still appear dead and lifeless.

Peach trees in blossom

Peach trees in blossom

Beauty is popping up everywhere.  The Roman blue Hyacinths I planted last fall are blooming, and Scott  from Old House Gardens was right.  They are more airy than traditional Hyacinths.  Don’t you love that blue perfection?  Now, we’ll see if they truly multiply.

H. orientalis albulus, Roman Blue Hyacinth

H. orientalis albulus, Roman Blue Hyacinth

The dwarf flowering almond I planted last year is blooming, but the cold snap we had killed off some of its rosey pink blooms.  While looking at it, I noticed that one of the clematis had heaved itself up out of the soil.  I smooshed it back in, but it will probably be a goner.  Such are the life lessons gardening teaches us.  Each spring there are winners and losers.

Double flowering almond

Prunus Grandulosa, dwarf flowering almond

I’ll leave you with a daffodil collage, but before I do, I must mention that Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted by Carol of May Dreams Gardens.  Go on over and visit.  She’ll be glad you did, and while you’re there, you can see what others around the country are growing.


Daffodils abound at Rosehaven


29 comments on “Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: Bud Break

  1. CurtissAnn

    Just got here for this one. I have that hyacinth, love it. Only two, in two separate spaces. They have not multiplied in three years. I thought mine was scraggly, but I see this is how they bloom. Somehow I have formed a foolish attachment to the thing.

    CurtissAnn´s last blog post..Thursday Books– Sweet Dreams at the Goodnight Motel

  2. Nell Jean -- seedscatterer

    Love your grape hyacinths. I always wanted a river of muscari as in the Kuekenhof Gardens, but had to settle for a trickle; they don’t do well here.

  3. kerri

    I love all your spring photos, Dee, but those first 2 really sing to my heart. How beautiful…those colors…that sky…wonderful! Spring is springing beautifully at Rosehaven.

    kerri´s last blog post..Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – March ’09

  4. Country gardener

    Just gorgeous. Looking forward to when it will be as lovely here. We’re definitely not as advanced: just a few lonely crocuses and snowdrops.

    Cheers/Yvonne aka CountryGardener

    Country gardener´s last blog post..Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: Green fuse now lit

    Yvonne, after crocus and snowdrops, it won’t be long now.~~Dee

  5. Jean

    I do love that Roman blue hyacinth as well. When a plant heaves up does that automatically mean it’s a goner? That would be such a shame. But it looks like you’ll have plenty more blooms to go around.

    Jean´s last blog post..GBBD March 2009

    Jean, that’s a good question. No, it doesn’t, unless I don’t catch it. This was hidden by all kinds of plant material in the back of a border. The roots were out of the ground for a long time, so I may lose it. Only time will tell.~~Dee

  6. rosemarie

    I love that photo of the flowering almond – I had never heard of that before. It’s amazing all the green in your yard in March!

    rosemarie´s last blog post..I have finally sowed my seeds

    Hi Rosemarie, they are very easy to grow here.~~Dee

  7. Leslie

    Add me to the list of Roman hyacinth fans…spring is indeed beginning to bloom in your garden!

    Leslie´s last blog post..GBBD March 2009

    Leslie, it has totally taken off. Here’s hoping we don’t get a late freeze.~~Dee

  8. Phillip

    I like the Roman blue hyacinths. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of those before now.

    Phillip´s last blog post..March Bloom Day

    Hi Phillip, I didn’t know about them either until I read about them in the Southern Living blog.~~Dee

  9. Pam/Digging

    Daffodils, hyacinths, peach blossoms–it sounds like a heavenly spring in red dirt country.

    Pam/Digging´s last blog post..Cool spring Bloom Day

    Pam, it is mighty pretty, but I was hoping it would all wait for our Easter party. Not this year. 🙂 ~~Dee

  10. vbdb

    Dee, I’ve never seen those hyacinths or flowering almond before. Thanks for the introduction!

    Hey Vbdb, so glad I could help with the enabling. 🙂 ~~Dee

  11. deb

    Looks like we have a lot of the same blooms, but my daffodils are already gone. Love the believe rock.

    Thanks, Deb. I was going to save it for Easter, but of course, I couldn’t wait.~~Dee

  12. Nancy

    Looks like things are getting ready for a warm spring. I wish I could grow peaches AND apples!

    Nancy´s last blog post..Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day, March 2009g

    Hey Nancy, I wish you could too. I’ve yet to eat an apple though. The deer always get them.~~Dee

  13. Lisa at Greenbow

    WOW Dee, you have lots of beautiful blooms today. I love flowering trees and bushes. I am always amazed that those hardened limbs produce such delicate looking blooms. Happy GBBD.

    Thanks, Lisa. About the flowering trees and shrubs, they’re among my favorites. I think plants should do some everything season.~~Dee

  14. Katie Elzer-Peters

    I like the flowering peach and almond pictures the best. I do love your daffodil collage with the rock, though. All of the bloom day collages kind of remind me of the NY Times fashion collages in Sunday Styles each week. This is my first time participating in bloom day, but I love it already!

    Katie Elzer-Peters´s last blog post..Gardener’s Bloom Day: March 15

    Thank you, Katie, and welcome to Bloom Day. This did seem the bloom day for collages. Mine was done with Picasa. I love it.~~Dee

  15. Carol, May Dreams Gardens

    It looks so nice in your garden, with trees blooming and spring bulbs blooming, too. I hope that clematis makes it, but you are right, we do have to count up some losses amongst the wins in the garden.

    Thanks for joining in for bloom day.

    Carol, May Dreams Gardens

    Carol, May Dreams Gardens´s last blog post..Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – March 2009

    Carol, thank you for hosting bloom day. So glad you did, ’cause I’ve met more gardeners than I would have.~~Dee

  16. Racquel

    What a great variety of spring bloomers! Those Roman Blue Hyacinths have a very nice natural shape compared to the traditional ones. The Daffodil collage was very nice too Dee.

    Thank you. I like them much better and will plant more next fall.~~Dee

  17. Brenda Kula

    I love your blooms, Dee! You have a magical touch in the garden, any season of the year.

    Brenda Kula´s last blog post..Frogs & Ponds

    Thanks you Brenda. I love gardening almost as much as anything on this earth.~~Dee

  18. Karen - An Artist's Garden

    The Dwarf flowering almond blossom is so pretty as is the peach
    lovely pictures.

    Thank you, Karen, and thanks for stopping by.~~Dee

  19. Mr. McGregor's Daughter

    Someday I’d like to see peach trees in bloom. My sister used to tell me about them when she was going to school in Carbondale, IL. I like your heirloom Hyacinths much better than the cylinders of the modern hybrids.

    Mr. McGregor’s Daughter´s last blog post..Awakening – March Bloom Day

    MMD, do you not have peach trees in Chicago? Is it too cold?~~Dee

  20. Sweet Bay

    I love your pictures — they’re so full and color and light. Beautiful!

    Sweet Bay´s last blog post..Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day March 2009

    Ah, Sweet Bay, I love your name/handle. It makes me smile. Thanks.~~Dee

  21. Gail

    Dee, The peach blossoms against the deep blue sky is delightful! Your photographs are top notch! Now that I am in the market for a new camera…any recommendations? gail

    Gail´s last blog post..What’s Really Been Blooming~~March 2009

    Thank you Gail. I would suggest a Nikon D40x. It’s great. You can make it automatic or just use it as an SLR.~~Dee

  22. Kanak

    Hello Dee, I haven’t seen peach blossoms in a long while…very pretty! That’s a lovely shade of blue too–the hyacinths. Even the almond blooms look gorgeous! Thanks for adding the lovely daffodil collage. Happy GBBD!

    Kanak´s last blog post..GBBD, March 2009

    Thank you, Kanak. Happy GBBD.~~Dee

  23. linda

    What a beautiful shade of blue! The Roman hyacinths are very pretty. I love the flowering almond. I’d forgotten I had one in my last garden. They’re such pretty shrubs.

    linda´s last blog post..March Bloom Day

    Thank you, Linda. It is a really pretty blue. The flowering almond is a great shrub, and I noticed today that’s starting to bulk up from the base. Very good news.~~Dee

  24. Helen Yoest @ Gardening With Confidence

    You have a nice showing! Must of gotten kinda low to take that grape hyacinth! Happy Bloom Day!

    Helen, I laid on my stomach to get the photo. How low can I go? 🙂 ~~Dee

  25. Annie in Austin

    Your garden seems to blend north and south so beautifully, Dee – and the Roman Hyacinths are very graceful. Scott Ogden has steered me to good plants before – I should listen to both you and him and plant some!

    Happy GBBD!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

    Go for it, Annie! They are pretty, but buy more than I did. You need quite a few.~~Dee

  26. eliz

    Beautiful! I had never seen peach blossoms before, which is odd, because we do have peach trees up here. How pretty they are.

    I am very tempted to plant out the pink Raphael hyacinths I forced this year because they have a very different (and more open) form too.

    Eliz, you know more about bulbs than anyone else I know (besides the sellers). I would say go for it.~~Dee