Saturday, April 16, 2016

Garden Bloom Day April 2016

After a week of unseasonably warm weather spring has arrived in the northeast corner of Washington State.  It is such a joy to see the flowers beginning to bloom so on my daily walk I took a few photos.

Pend Oreille County Cherry tree in bloom 4-15-2016
The most obvious blooms are the cherry trees which are eagerly being visited by numerous pollinating insects including some gigantic bumblebees.  Unfortunately I wasn't able to capture a good photo of one.

Rhododendron PJM
The PJM rhododendrons I moved from my old home in Western Washington have survived the trauma of being transplanted to a more extreme climate and are starting to bloom.  Looking past what I have planted, I start looking for native plants in the wilder areas,

Mahonia repens
I detected a mild, lovely fragrance and followed my nose to find one of my favorite natives, Oregon Grape (Mahonia repens) is starting to bloom.

Dandelion
Although dandelions are often disdained, I enjoy their cheery yellow blooms which are also appreciated by the bees.

Violet (Viola adunca) Pend Oreille County, WA
While kneeling to photograph the dandelion, I noticed a tiny speck of blue a few feet away and a closer look reveals the first wild violet I've seen blooming this year.

Wild strawberry Pend Oreille County, WA
Looking closely, there are also numerous tiny wild strawberry blossoms.  After my brief survey of my garden area, I returned to my sun room inside the house to find the first of this year's blossoms of my Meyer lemon has opened.

Meyer Lemon Blossom

 What is blooming in your garden today?  Be sure to visit May Dreams Gardens to see the other gardens this month.