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


  1. CurtissAnn says:

    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. 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 says:

    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. 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 says:

    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. Carla says:

    How lovely!

    Carla´s last blog post.."I Can See Clearly Now"

    Thank you so much.~~Dee

  7. rosemarie says:

    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

  8. Leslie says:

    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

  9. Phillip says:

    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

  10. Pam/Digging says:

    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

  11. vbdb says:

    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

  12. deb says:

    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

  13. Nancy says:

    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

  14. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    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

  15. Cindy, MCOK says:

    All as lovely as the gardener herself!

    Cindy, MCOK´s last blog post..Bedraggled but Beautiful: GBBD March 2009

    Aww, thanks Cindy.~~Dee

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. Racquel says:

    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

  19. Brenda Kula says:

    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

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

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

  21. That may be the prettiest hyacinth I’ve ever seen in a garden. I love Scott and OHG!

    Linda from Each Little World´s last blog post..Garden Bloggers Bloom Day: 03.15.09

    Me too!~~Dee

  22. 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

  23. Sweet Bay says:

    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

  24. Gail says:

    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

  25. Kanak says:

    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

  26. linda says:

    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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. eliz says:

    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

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