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All New! Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day
Thalictrum thalictroides rosea, a/k/a Anemonella thalictroides rosea

On the 15th of every month, Carol, of May Dreams Gardens, asks us to show what's in bloom. April may just be my favorite month for Bloom Day. Everything is new and completely different from last month. While this year is running a bit behind last year, it's actually right about average and even a bit ahead of '08 and '09. The April garden is a great delight, with (mostly) comfortable temperatures, no mosquitoes, and scads of woodland wildflowers.

Caulophyllum thalictroides
Hepatica nobilis var. obtusa
Hepatica nobilis var. acuta with Mertensia virginica in bud in the background
Geum triflorum, prairie smoke
Sanguinaria canadensis opens its flower only in direct sunlight

In addition to the native trout lily, there are the non-native dog-tooth violets

Erythronium dens-canis 'Purple King'

and pulsatilla blooming.

Pulsatilla vulgaris

There are also the hellebores in full, glorious bloom.

'Kingston Cardinal'
Helleborus niger
'Pink Lady' strain

It wouldn't be April without daffodils.

'Ice Follies' with 'Tete-et-Tete' and 'Small Talk' in the near background and 'February Silver' way in the background in the woodland garden
'St. Keverne'

Just in time, the little species tulips are blooming,

Tulipa puchella 'Violacea'

and this little self-sown viola decided to bloom.

That's normal, but the following is not.

That's a Colchicum, which normally blooms in the fall.

And finally, the grand finale, in full bloom and never looking better, the forsythia.

What's blooming in your garden?

Also blooming: Bergenia 'Bressingham White', Crocus tommasinianus 'Barr's Purple, Erythronium albidum, Helleborus 'Walhelivor' (Ivory Prince), H. 'Ballerina', H. 'Red Mountain', Narcissus 'Honeybird', Narcissus 'Pineapple Prince', Thalictrum thalictroides, Thalictrum thalictroides 'Cameo', Scilla siberica, Viola labradorica, and one volunteer Chionodoxa in the lawn.

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All New! Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day + wildflower