April showers

The April rains are really causing the garden to go into overdrive. Everything is popping out all over. The white wisteria has started to bloom as well as the spirea.

I've never seen so many blooms on Leathleaf Viburnum (Viburnum rhytidophyllum). The pink blooms to the right of it are on the Piedmont Azalea (Rhododendron canescens)

The Kerria (Kerria japonica) continues to shine - I could not find a good viewpoint without getting the oakleaf in the photo. :( 


I love these Spanish Bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica) - they are among my favorite bulbs.


The blooms on the Chinese Snowball (Viburnum macrocephalum) have now turned white. It puts on quite the show. Notice all the weeding I have to do!


Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. Gorgeous pics! Love the white wisteria! :O)

  2. All just beautiful! !!! Love the Chinese snowball.

  3. I don't notice any weeds, everything looks lovely! We got a freeze last night, and some of my new hosta leaves now look like frozen lettuce. :( Your Chinese snowball is stunning. My CS's blooms were turning white, but the pounding rains and then the freeze pushed the branches to the ground. I hope it will recover.

  4. I'm with CC -- it's easy to overlook the weeds and just focus on the beautiful bushes that take center stage!

    I'm really enjoying some viburnums up here - Alleghany, Prunifolium and Prague. It's my first year with all of them. Definitely becoming a favorite plant genus!

    PS - Your Kerria looks great. I've been underwhelmed when I saw one in person. But yours looks really good.

  5. Your garden is stunning as ever! They are not weeds at all but native plants allowed to grow to attract beneficial insects. April is a magic month in our gardens!


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