Ah, April, my favorite month of the year! And it’s especially nice this month since we finally got some rain here in Austin, which led to insanely fast growth of everything in the garden and me finally getting a much-needed break from watering everything.
In other news, I can now say that I garden with one hand tied behind my back.
Still Life With Wrist Brace:
Yup, I managed to sprain my wrist pretty spectacularly. Sadly, the bag is pretty much there just to keep the brace clean– I’m under strict orders to keep that hand immobile, which is especially annoying because it’s my dominant hand…and it’s April in my garden and I have important things to do, *&&^$^$!!!
So if I can’t work in the garden, at least I have something to look at. Now that it’s April, the roses have started blooming! I got around to my pruning pretty much on Valentine’s Day and was a little worried that would mean that everything would bloom late and be victims of a heat wave. Right now, the weather is perfect for the show. In a bit of serendipity, I noticed something a little odd when Maggie started blooming last week. Did the flowers spontaneously change color? Nope, that’s Belinda’s Dream up there at the top of the fence, rather than in front of Maggie where she’s supposed to be. Er, oops?
And on to the flower porn…
Thomas Affleck, in a picture that finally accurately captures his color:
Madame Alfred Carriere, climbing up a mesquite tree and absolutely smothered in sweet-smelling blooms:
Gruss an Aachen:
Archduke Charles, showing off its color-changing flowers:
From foreground to background: Duchesse de Brabant, Louis Philippe, and Blushing Knockout:
Full list of roses in bloom:
Pink Double Knockout
Souvenir de la Malmaison
Duchesse de Brabant
Madame Alfred Carriere
Gruss an Aachen
Also in bloom is my tough and trusty favorite, ice plant:
And a more unusual addition to the garden, here’s the bloom of a native manfreda. The flowers smell like black tea:
Also, for the first time, the hardy aloe is blooming. I’m not sure of the variety– I got them bareroot at The Natural Gardener. They seem quite happy in part-shade:
And finally, finally, after 2 years, the back border is finally filling in to the point where I don’t see mulch and I see much, much less of those ugly landscaping bricks. This makes me very, very happy:
And as a surprise for Bloom Day, the datura opened its first bloom. I thought I’d yanked out all of the datura last fall, but this one came back from some roots I missed and I decided to let it stay for old times’ sake. It’s freaking huge:
Also blooming: Canna “Australia” planted against the house, pink Himalayan indigo, caryopteris, catmint, thyme, yaupon hollies, bulbine, verbenas, Mexican feathergrass, salvia greggii, Marilyn’s Choice abutilon, narcissus tazetta (planted very late), broccoli, snapdragons, and the last of the pansies. The bluebonnets are winding down and will be done within the next week or so, sadly, but they’ve had a good run.
Have a great Bloom Day, everyone! Check out Carol’s post
at May Dreams Gardens to see everyone’s GBBD posts.