April Bloom Day

We are finally emerging from a long, cold, wet winter. It is still raining quite frequently but we've had a few sunny days this week and it is supposed to get up close to 70 on Sunday. Yippee! It seems that everything is budding out. I can't wait!

Here is what is blooming for Garden Blogger's Bloom Day, hosted by May Dreams Gardens.

Corydalis flexuosa 'Purple Leaf'
Clematis armandii ‘Snowdrift’

Camellia 'Nuccio Bella Rossa'

Doronicum (Leopard's Bane)


Pieris 'Mountain Fire'

Skimmia japonica
Viburnum 'Spring Bouquet'

Allium 'Gladiator'
Rhododendron 'PJM'

 Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. Nice to see your Allium. At the moment we are cursing the number of self set alliums that are swamping the tulips. However in a few weeks I am sure we will love them

  2. Wow! Blooms and more blooms...

  3. I'm looking forward to the promised warmer weather and sunshine this weekend. Nice shot of that deep blue Corydalis. I've never been able to keep any Corydalis alive except the plain yellow one, which seeds around like a weed. Your Viburnum is pretty too. That's one shrub I don't have. I must remedy that.

  4. It appears that your new garden has survived a trial by rain. If we would have had some rain recently I would have alliums to show today too. Happy GBBD.

  5. Hi Phillip, how you get to 70 Fahrenheit on Easter Sunday. It's about time for your area to warm up :-)!
    I love that you have so many flowers in the blue and lavender color range blooming. My favorites being the Corydalis flexuosa 'Purple Leaf', the lavender and purple tulips and the Allium 'Gladiator'.
    The flowers of the Pieris 'Mountain Fire' are so beautiful as well!
    Looking forward to seeing your garden unfold this spring!
    Happy Easter,

  6. Beautiful flowers and the tulips are just divine! Thank you for sharing

  7. Awesome, especially the pics of the azalea and camellia. Hope you enjoy a great Spring, Phillip!

  8. That first Corydalis is so blue! beautiful! Have a great spring!

  9. Phillip, don't you just love living where it's not too hot, and you get rain? That blue on the first photo! Wow! Scrumptious, and the light in Washington is something else. Happy Spring!~~Dee

  10. It's exciting to finally have things blooming and leafing out. It's been a long winter.

  11. Pretty! I love the image with the Aubrieta. So much to take in.

  12. I'm in love with that Corydalis! I picked up several at the Hortlandia yesterday but none were that intense blue of yours so I put them back. Did yours come from a local source? Happy Bloom Day!

    1. Yes, it came from Yard N' Garden Land where I am working. I think we have more. I would be glad to hold one for you.

  13. Beautiful photos, all of them. The symmetry of the 'Bella Rossa' camellia is a pure delight--mine died, sigh. Enjoy the sunshine!

  14. Camellia 'Nuccio Bella Rossa' is a beauty! Spring in the Pacific NW must be a wonderful affair. I Alabama we are headed way too fast into summer. No rain in over a week, and I am getting nervous. We are still cutting dead things from last year's drought.

  15. So many beautiful blooms, and your photos are gorgeous! I am in love with the blue of that Corydalis--stunning! I think you had a much worse winter in the PNW than we did here in the Midwest this year. I am wondering what our lack of snow will mean for the garden this year, especially if we don't get enough rain.

  16. WOnderful shots. A few of my favorites there.

  17. Philip, these photos are particularly stunning! Maybe it's the beauty of spring that did it. The symmetry of the camellia blossom is just stunning to me. Wow. Enjoy your fabulous spring flowers.


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