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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Bloom Day

It has been a really beautiful spring in Tennessee, everything that could bloom put on a fabulous show...I am away from the garden and not sure what effects, if any, Dogwood Winter has had. But here are a few photos I was able to shoot before I left town.

The Wilder Flowers

Phlox divaricata 'May Breeze' with Tiarella cordifolia (Foam Flower)

Green and Gold (Chrysogonum virginianum)

I am just wild about Trilliums, I moved these from the 'wayback backyard'.

It took years to get Blue Eyed Mary (Collinsia verna) to get established, I hope she's here to stay.

Geranium Maculatum

Money Plant or Lunaria biennis, technically not a wild flower, but since she self sows here and there, well, that's wild!

Delphinium tricorn Dwarf Larkspur with Japanese Soloman's Seal

Camassia, not certain which but isn't it lovely!

Leucojum and Camassia

Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) on limestone wall

Golden Ragwort (Senecio Aureus)

Shooting Star (Dodecatheon media) and a Hellebore

Iris cristata and a sweet friend

Phacelia bipinnatifida

The Tulips

You see these tulips as you turn the corner to come up the front walk...big box purchases!

Who doesn't love Angelique!

A rather dizzying look inside the orange tulip but I thought this view was eye catching.

My son gave me this sweet lilac for Mother's Day a few years ago...It lives by the window near my mosaic shed. You can smell its sweetness when the window is open.

The last of the last daffodils...I don't know her name but hasn't she a pretty face? She looks lovely with the new leaves of Oakleaf hydrangea (H quercifolia).

and two more of the last of the last daffodils, neither of their names are in my file!

Burr Oak is not really in full bloom, he is the wisest of trees in this garden...he will welcome spring when the last frost is but a memory. I honor him for standing guard, shading my garden, feeding and sheltering wildlife and being so very wise.

A family emergency finds me out of town and at the mercy of other peoples' computers (OPC). This means I may not be able to respond to comments until later....The upside about being out of town...I am not aware of any frost damage to my garden! There is of course a down side, not being able to actively participate in Bloom Day. Have a wonderful Bloom Day. Gail


  1. Oh Gail, hope your emergency turns out okay. Those Blue Eyed Marys are the sweetest thing, another plant to add to my shopping list. I am lusting after the shooting stars also, I bought one at the UT plant sale last year, it has not returned, probably dried up. And the lilac by the window, such a good idea to get a whiff of its sweetness.

  2. I love those wildflowers! I am going to get some soon. I do have the trilliums. Should've posted them I guess. I dug them from the side of the road in gravel on Ft. Campbell where they were widening the road. I could not believe they grew so well in those conditons! Not my favorite though, I like the shooting stars. Lovely!

    Please take care while out of town. Doesn't look like OPC has been a problem with your bloom post! Best wishes for your mother.

  3. This is funny Frances. Posted almost the same time and we both like shooting stars! I am soon getting some from a friend of mine. They have tons and I hope they return. My Celadine did not. Sigh. Do you have Celadine?

  4. All your woodland flowers are so daintily pretty. And what a great image of the Senecio against the blue-gray pot.

  5. Gail,
    i love your blog.
    love sam.

  6. Nice photos. We really escaped a close one last night. I was on pins and needles. I did cover a few plants and I'm glad I did. If I hadn't of done that, we'd have got a bad freeze indeed.

  7. Gail, your wild flowers have me drooling. Now I can't wait for mine to really get started too.

    Dodecatheon didn't make it here and I thought it was because our summers are too warm but if it grows for you, I'm going to have to try it again.

  8. Gail .. I hope things are going better for you with the emergency.
    Your flowers are gorgeous ! .. the wild Trilliums look amazing and I am a fan of the Shooting Stars too !
    I love what you said about the Bur Oak. I really love my trees and appreciate all the wonderful things they do for us and the garden too. I have no problem saying I am a TREE HUGGER ! LOL
    Good Luck

  9. I hope that your emergency turns out okay too! I feel for you, we went through that quite a bit with FIL last year. I wouldn't trade that time with him for anything though!

    Thanks for the eye candy. You've got me drooling.

  10. Looks like you're about a month ahead of us here. We grow a lot of the same wildflowers (& I have the same Tiarella/blue Phlox divaricata combo). I love that Senecio with the blue-green pot. I think I have that small Yellow-White Daffodil, but I can't remember its name now either.

  11. Your mix of wildflowers and garden plants is so lovely, Gail - plants like lilacs and lunaria have been here a long time!

    My old garden had trillium, camassia, wild geraniums and 'Angelique' but the only place I'd ever seen the Blue-eyed Mary was in a park near the University of Illinois at Champaign. How nice to see it in your garden.

    Sending good thoughts for the family emergency's happy resolution.

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose


  12. My dear blogging friends,

    Thank you for visiting; your well wishes mean the world to me.
    Glad you have enjoyed the wildflowers...they have been beautiful and living in Tennessee in zone 6 (some years zone 7) is an absolute joy...Hoping to be home soon to visit all your flowers.

  13. I am so glad I found your site.
    All you are doing reminds me of my gardens in the past years and in a way makes me sad.
    Now in my smaller home with small yard I am once again creating.
    A challenge to see what I can do with this new garden.
    I brought so many plants with me and they are all coming up. But I miss the woods, the trees and my big gardens.
    Hope all is well.
    I think my new home is in your area.

  14. I also like the mix of wildflowers with cultivated flowers and I see many blooms in your garden now, that I hope are blooming in my own garden in a few weeks. Thanks for joining in for bloom day, and I hope all is okay with you and your family.

    I enjoyed meeting you at the spring fling!

    Carol, May Dreams Gardens

  15. I am a sucker for scented plants in the garden so I just love your lilac. And what a sweet present from your son. I have the jasmine and moonflower for smelling. I wish lilacs did well here.

    Enjoyed the post, Gail!

  16. All your flowers seem so exotic and lovely to me. I love those shooting stars.

    I actually grew 'Angelique' tulips one year because they were sold as suitable for southern gardens. Tulips don't really like central Texas gardens though. I'll have to just enjoy tulips and daffodils through your photos.

  17. So many beautiful blooms. I specially like the blue eyed mary and the columbine

  18. Hello again,

    Back in the hotel on their computer, loved your comments...right now my mom isn't doing well...so visiting the blogs and viewing all the fabulous flowers in a great gift.


  19. Gail thank you for responding to my new blog. Eventually I will learn how to post pictures.
    I am remembering you and your mom.
    Blessings are sent your way.

  20. Just checked in before going to bed to see if there was any news and am so sorry Gail. I will keep you in my thoughts and hoping for whatever is best for your mother. I do hope she is not suffering and may God be with you sll. Better days will come even if it does not seem that way right now.

  21. What a great variety of native wild plants you have. I am in the process (slowly) of building a native plant section in my yard as well.

    I'll have to forward your blog to my mom-in-law, she's in Middle Tennessee as well (Nashville).

  22. Gail, I'm holding your mom, and you and all who love her, in my heart. I've never seen Blue-Eyed Mary before, but oh, how I would love to grow some in memory of my friend Mary Beth. Lots of lovely blooms in your garden!

  23. Gail, Wishing the very best for your Mother. Will keep you & all in my prayers & thoughts.

  24. My dear friends,

    I am on my way home, this has been a most difficult time, thank you for all your thoughts, well wishes and prayers...


  25. For some unknown reason I seem to have missed your GBBD post earlier, sorry about that! Such lovely blooms you have this month and for me a very starnge combination as some of them would flower in summer here, not spring. My favourites are the phlox (gorgeous colour) and pretty Blue Eyed Mary. Can you tell I love blue flowers? ;-)

  26. Your season is just a wee bit ahead of ours. My Trilliums and white Shooting stars have closed buds yet. The purple Shooting Star is in a sunnier location and it IS blooming. That blue-gray-green pot is 'to die for'! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  27. Gail,
    I love phloxes and iris cristata - does it really have this color?
    You asked the name of columbine on the pictures in my blog - no name ufortunately :(
    Greetings from Poland,


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