What’s in Bloom in my Garden Today?

What’s in Bloom Today?

violets in the lawn April

Violets–Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia) and Confederate Violet (Viola priceana) grow in the garden and the lawn.  They are considered weedy and some people try to rid their lawn of them, but I consider them delightful wherever they are.


dog-tooth violet in bloom apr, 24

Dog-tooth Violets or Trout Lily (Erythronium albidum) are abundant now.  Karen transplanted a few from her garden into mine 2 or 3 years ago and they have thankfully spread rapidly.  And wonder of wonders, two of them bloomed this year.


Red Trillium foliage within Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense) can be quite aggressive in the garden, but the Red Trillium (Trillium recurvatum) can hold its own.  Not in bloom yet, its spotted decorative foliage give it interest all season.



The conspicuous, fragrant, lemon yellow bells dangling from the arched stems of Bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora) are delightful.  The 10-15” tall stem appears to perforate the shiny bright green clasping leaves.   In nature, it is found in rich mesic woodlands and savannas.   I planted three clumps several years ago in my shady patio garden, but two of them have deteriorated quite a bit.  I’ll plant some Carex rosea amongst it and see if the water holding root system of the sedges will rejuvenate them.

Jacob's Ladder 2017

My Mother-in-Law shared some Jacob’s Ladder (Polemonium reptans) from her garden when we moved into our newly built house in 1960.  I brought some with me each time I moved, sharing it with my daughter Nancy, as well; so some of what I have are descended from that first gift. The leafy clumps are decorated with clusters of nodding, china-blue cups that seed themselves cheerfully throughout the garden.  One can almost imagine that the pinnately compound leaves resemble a ladder.

Redbud patio 2017

I have 3 Redbud (Cercis canadensis)  in my yard–2 in the patio area and one in my back savanna garden.  An understory tree, in the wild it’s found in mesic woods, particularly along streams and rivers.  This and its sister tree above grow in the shade of a Black Walnut tree with Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) and Carex sprengellii at its feet.

bluebells 2017

Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) are the showiest of the spring ephemerals.  Its pink buds turn into nodding clusters of sky blue bells on 18” to 24”  stems that bloom profusely until mid-May or, in a cool spring, even longer.  In the wild, it is found in mesic woodlands and wooded floodplains, although on home grounds it will seed itself about  in drier and sunnier situations.

pansies 2017

My mother bought pansies every spring and I continue the tradition.  They used to come only in shades of purple, but now they are even more colorful.   It still holds true that one must pick off the spent blossoms every day in order to keep the plant blooming.


What’s blooming in your gardens?


3 Responses to What’s in Bloom in my Garden Today?

  1. Suzanne Massion April 26, 2017 at 6:41 pm #

    Virginia Bluebells, Wild Ginger, Trillium Grandiflorum, Red Trillium, Trout Lilly and Wood Anemone. Feathery and Starry False Solomon Seal, some sedges and Shooting Stars are still in the spikey stage. Service Berry shrubs have bloomed. Not bragging, just enjoying “April, comes she will…” Thank you Pat and Paul Simon.

    • PatHill April 27, 2017 at 11:03 am #

      I have a few photos of your yard in April and it is stunning.

      • Suzanne Massion April 27, 2017 at 1:11 pm #

        Oh…I forgot the spreading patch of May Apple. I just wish the Bloodroot blossoms would last longer….sigh. I do like the green foliage that follows, though.

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