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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

April Lovely

April lovely,
April charming,
April fooling us again.
Being lovely,
Being charming,
Yesterday, it brought us hail!

Yes, hail. Then, a bit of snow. When I was running around my broccoli , spinach and lettuce seedlings, trying to cover them with whatever I could grab, I bet I heard it laughing at me!
But I won't complain about April being capricious because of these blooms:

Click on the picture to see them big
Do you know that Bleeding Heart is called Broken Heart in Russia?

This is Erysimum Bowles mauve.
I still try to figure out why it's also called Russian Wall Flower. I found one similar looking Russian plant, but it had yellow flowers. Hybridization?

I have a post about my helleboreses (Hellebores Foetidus - A Year-Round Beauty ).This one, below, started blooming in January.

It's still going strong! And now, there are lot of babies around!!!

Vinka purple and vinka blue. I know, I should be careful with it. It's invasive.

But I am glad it grows in places where not so many plants can grow - under big trees in dry shade.

Euphorbia "John Tomlinson". Love it!
How long can it live? Mine got all messy last winter, but blooms are still lovely. Should I divide it or cut it down?

This Lamium plant growing in the container won my heart.
It was blooming all summer, all fall and - the whole cold wet windy winter!
Just look at it! Non-stop second season in a row bloomer!

Click on me, She praised me!

I love April. After all, it's my birthday month. Over the years, I remember it being warm and cool, sunny and rainy. Sometimes, I think I got my personality from it.


  1. Beautiful blooms. The euphorbia is great. I have never tried hellebores...but they are so pretty. I may try them next year.

  2. Bleeding heart?... yea, it does change the mood a little bit by just looking at it... hmmm ~ bangchik

  3. The hellebores are so pretty, I think
    I will try to grow some too.

    Nice collage!

  4. Lovely...I loved the entire post and every flower! But I must have the euphorbia! I am seeing them all over the blogashere! gail

  5. Vinca was on our property when we moved here and fifteen years later, we are still battling it. I think it is indestructible!

  6. We missed out on the rain and hail, hope your seedlings are okay. You have a lot of pretty flowers in bloom!

  7. "Broken Heart" .... how cool is that! And great pics of NWFGShow, too. :-) Alice

  8. Hi Tatyana~~ Happy Birth-month. Euphorbia: cut it back, definitely.

    Your blooms are all absolutely lovely. Isn't it great that spring has finally sprung?

  9. Stunning April garden! (Happy Birthday wishes :)

  10. Beautiful. Oh this is such a lovely time of year.

  11. Ох, какая красота:) Спасибо Танюша!!! Я свекрови покажу, она будет в восторге(любит садоводничать)

  12. Wow - I've never seen so many flowers on a vinca. We have vinca minor and so far it hasn't been invasive. I prefer white bleeding heart - although it means the name makes no sense!

  13. Your garden looks lovely! Just love the Hellebores... Thanks for sharing.

  14. Were your photos taken after the hail, Tatyana? I hope all those beautiful blooms survived. As a little bit of a language nut (sorry, no Russian!), I enjoy learning and comparing how things are described in different parts of the world. How interesting that the ideas on this charming little red and white flower are so similar--too bad they're both so tragic!

  15. So many beautiful blooms! I just love the broken heart, as you say in Russia! It looks like such a delicate bloom.

  16. Tatyana, I love your clump of the white hellebore! The vincas ARE so pretty in bloom but yes, very invasive. Thanks for the tour of the NW Flower Show.

  17. Happy birthday! I love your blooms, especially the hellebores!


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