Where have the days gone since April 15th? Here are some of my currently blooming favorites, but not a complete list. Be sure to check out the most popular flower in the garden and the last photo in this collection. For other Bloom Day posters, see the comments to Carol's Bloom Day post on her May Dreams Gardens blog.
These chives are offspring from my first herb & vegetable garden in Alabama. They've moved along with me several times. We've been picking the most open flowers to include in our salads, but I think I should let some fully bloom now. This Aquilegia / Columbine is the most prolific self-seeder and bloomer in the garden so far. I hope the hummingbirds have found it.
This Aquilegia (right?), above, has been the most surprising. I don't remember if it bloomed last year after it was given to me, but if it did, I don't remember that it looked like this.
This sedum flower is the most unreal! It's like a little outer space / alien flower.
Scratch and sniff this Dame's Rocket (thanks to a reader, now I know it's not phlox) above! It blooms every year beneath the window by the computer. I love being outside at dusk when it is especially fragrant. The lilacs are also in competition, but I walk by this flower bed so much that it is imprinted in my spring memories.
So here it is! This little wonder is the number one stop on all of the bee tours right now. You can hear the tree buzzing from across the garden. That's what brought me over there close enough to see these flowers, each only about 1/8 of an inch across. Rhamnus purshiana - the native Cascara in the NW. Before long, the beautiful Waxwing birds will be socializing in the trees while munching on the Cascara berries. I wonder if I can sprout more of these small trees from the berries or a cutting. Now watch out for the bees. They're flying distracted and likely to run into you.
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