Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: 15 April 2016

Today is Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day; Carol at May Dreams Garden invites us to share photographs of what is blooming in our gardens on the fifteenth of each month.

Much is happening in our garden as plants are coming to life and bloom. The first peony to open is Itoh peony ‘Keiko.’ (Run your mouse over the photos for identification).

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Itoh peony ‘Keiko’

The clematis are also starting to open. It looks like we will have a good crop this year.

Smaller plants are also playing a colorful role.

Azaleas are blooming everywhere. This is a remarkable Encore azalea ‘Autumn Twist,’ which puts out two distinct blossoms on the same plant.

And I’ve seen hummingbirds and Goldfinch; spring is here.

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and has been a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in Stallings, NC with his wife, in close proximity to seven of his eight grandchildren.
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20 Responses to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: 15 April 2016

  1. neihtn2012 says:

    Still too early for us. 😦

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  2. Lea says:

    Beautiful!
    I love Clematis!
    Happy Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day!
    Lea

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  3. Pauline says:

    Love it when the shrubs join in as well!

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  4. Your garden is altogether lovely! It’s interesting to me that you mentioned the Goldfinch are back…they left our area a couple weeks ago. We’ll miss them, but they’ll return next winter.

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  5. Cathy says:

    Wow, peonies in April! So many lovely flowers blooming John. Isn’t it a wonderful time of year!

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  6. pbmgarden says:

    John, your garden is looking wonderful. Clematis are doing well.

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  7. mjarz says:

    Everything looks lush and colorful. Love your clematis.

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  8. No hummingbirds here yet, though I did see a honey bee today for the first time this year. Lots of bright colors for your garden.

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    • johnvic8 says:

      I have a bumble bee that patrols a particular area of the garden. It’s here now. It’s the third year I have noticed it. It has never attacked but just flies around me. I wonder what it is protecting.

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  9. Amy says:

    Such a beautiful gallery! Thank you John!

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  10. Cathy Testa says:

    Lots of color in your gardens, beautiful!

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