April Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

Ha ha ha ha ha.

There are no blooms whatsoever in my yard yet. In fact, today our high temperature was 25F (“feels like 15F”) and we’ve had snow, sleet, and freezing rain. Highs have been in the 30s and 40s lately; looking ahead at the 15-day, there’s no temp above 58F forecast for us here in mid-NH.

Here’s a peek at our wintery April so far.

some of the front yard today
the fruit guild today – hang on, peach trees!
sad sad hellebores today
yesterday, before the ice, some bulbs poking up where the ground was snow-free in the back yard (tulips, I think)
also, yesterday, chives emerging in the kitchen garden
last week, some birch catkins on a large branch that fell off a tree in the rock wall
last week, daffodils emerging in the front yard
and a few garlic shoots!
This is a hyacinth from Easter 2017 that was thrown outside before winter — I meant to plant them but never did, and here they are shooting up again anyway in their microclimate of a pot
9 days ago, the fox in the side yard
this is where my peas will be planted on Wednesday (photo from 9 days ago)
12 days ago, we had a visit from a bear, probably looking for the feeders we took in two weeks before
today, this cold white-throated sparrow sat sheltered a bit up in a tree


I’ve been rather desperately looking for signs of spring in places other than my own yard; I found a couple this past week:

chionodoxa (glory of the snow) snuggled into a microclimate – yard near Kezar Lake, Sutton, NH, on Friday
lone chionodoxa (glory of the snow) in alpine garden at The Fells, Newbury, NH, yesterday
sambuca racemosa (red elderberry) buds, at The Fells, Newbury, NH, yesterday
closer view of the elderberry buds
acer pensylvanicum (striped maple) stem and buds, Kezar Lake, Sutton, NH on Friday
furry buds of pulsatilla vulgaris (pasque flower) at The Fells, Newbury, NH, yesterday
the great blue heron has returned to Kezar Lake, Sutton, NH (Friday), though it’s still a distance from me and my camera


Hopefully, the cruel month of April will give way to the generous month of May.

Meanwhile, for lots of instant-gratification colour & flowers, here’s more GBBD, hosted at May Dreams Gardens (central Indiana, 6a):
… Late to the Garden Party  (south coastal California, where spring has already peaked)
Led Up the Garden Path (Devon, England)
… Rusty Duck, with so many gorgeous flowers (also in Devon, England)
A Guide to Northeast Gardening in Long Island notes that spring has been “long awaited” there but nevertheless has hyacinth, crocus, hellebore, daffodils … and a photogenic bunny rabbit!
… Dirt Therapy in Vancouver, WA has rhododendron, anemone, veronica, clematis, flowering currant, quince, corydalis, and more!


  1. A bear? Crikey. That beats the bunnies and squirrels I usually catch on the field cam. The critters must all be so hungry after the long winter you’ve had. Surely you must soon see an end to it. Thank you for the link.

  2. Fingers crossed all your spring flowers are soon in bloom. Everything seems suddenly to have sprung to life here and the long winter has soon been forgotten.

  3. I feel your pain. My Illinois garden is farther along than yours, but it’s snowing once again this morning, ugh:( But I do see some hopeful signs of spring emerging in your garden–hope it arrives soon!

  4. Oh gosh! I loved your post. It made me not feel alone. Every year I get spring fever and it seems winter will never leave. This morning we awoke to snow flurries and sleet. The trees are budding and some flowers are blooming, but I am tired of freezing when I go outside. I want warm weather and sunshine! I am in southern middle Tennessee, 50 miles south of Nashville, it shoud be warm! Is that too much to ask? I suppose it is.

    Thanks for letting me vent.


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