It is said that "April showers bring May flowers" and, if that is true, our May flowers may be a bit sparse this year for April has been dry in my yard. I looked back at my 10-year garden journal for last April and found that it was a very wet month. What a difference a year makes.
Oh, well, never mind. Why worry about May flowers when we've got plenty of April flowers to look at? As usual, Carol of May Dreams Garden is hosting Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day where you can find extensive links to gardeners all around the country who are showing off their bloomers today.
But wait! Before you rush off to look at those gardens, let me show you some of the things that I've got blooming this month.
Okay, this is Texas, so let's get the obligatory April bluebonnet out of the way right up front! Haven't these beauties been glorious this spring? Even in my little wildflower bed in the backyard, they have put on quite a show.
"Belinda" has awakened from her "Dream" and is gracing my garden with the luscious blossoms for which she is famous.
Worshipping at her feet, the purple oxalis is just trying to keep up.
The 'Radsunny' Knockouts were a disappointment in my garden last year, their first year here. I moved them during the winter, seeking a spot where they might be happier and they have responded magnificently. They've been absolutely glorious this spring.
I even like the way the 'Radsunny' ages, from the bright yellow of its first blush to this creamy yellow a few days later.
'Rouge Cardinal' clematis has been the star all month on the trellis next to the back porch.
My Satsuma has put on a nice display of blooms. Does that mean that I might actually get more than one fruit from it this year?
The Dutch irises have been particularly nice this spring. If I can't have the bearded iris that I crave, these are not a bad substitute. I especially like this yellow one.
But the white and yellow one isn't bad either.
These 'Tangerine Dream' crossvine blossoms seem lit from within. This vine doesn't have much to recommend it for much of the year, but when it is in bloom - oh, my!
'Hot Lips' salvia has joined the spring fling.
In fact, Salvia greggiis all over the yard are bursting into bloom.
This little double dianthus, the name of which is lost to me, brightens one of my favorite sitting areas in the yard, along with her Talavera hen planter.
'Dortmund's" back and I am so glad!
The variegated potato vine doesn't seem to be as floriferous as its all-green cousin, but it brightens this otherwise rather drab corner of the yard.
The unconquerable evening primrose. Some of them always elude the mowers along the veggie garden fence and I'm glad they do.
The 'Emerald Snow' loropetalum has been in bloom since I brought it home from Mercer's March Mart.
Coral honeysuckle, a disappointment last year, is making up for lost time this spring.
At the honeysuckle's feet, this little osteospermum offers its happy blooms.
Meantime, in another part of the yard, the amaryllis blooms are late coming this year.
While the blueberries have long since finished their bloom and have moved on to the fruiting stage of their development.
Dependable 'Radazz' Knockout does its thing. Knockouts may no longer be one of the "in" plants, but then I'm not one of the "in" gardeners and I still love them.
In fact, I like them so much I have them in several shades - including this pink one.
No blooms here but the little Japanese maples still manage to bring color to their part of the garden.
'Hinckley's columbine,' in its first season in my garden, is performing nicely for me.
But 'Graham Thomas' continues to titillate me with these half-opened buds. Oh, Graham, you are such a tease! When will you relent and satisfy my desire for your luscious blossoms?
See, Graham? Even a "lawn" can do it!