Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - April, 2014

Happy Bloom Day! This is my first bloom day back in the Pacific Northwest, and I actually have flowers outside to show you!

Rhododendron 'Periwinkle', still blooming after about 3 months!

Phalaenopsis Rong Guan Mary

Paphiopedilum Macabre


Almost in bloom. Rhododendron 'Kurume Red'

No ID azalea

Aubrietia, hopefully those new shoots down below will flower, too. Otherwise I'm really considering tossing this plant.

Rhododendron impeditum. These were hit hard this winter, as you can see by the brown foliage in the background.

Muscari. Hopefully the last grape hyacinth picture I will take in this garden. I'm tired of seeing the ugly deer-clipped foliage all winter and am in the process of digging them out. The deer also eat most of the flowers.

Erica cultivar with chartreuse foliage and pink flowers.

A white Erica

Berberis thunbergii 'Crimson Pigmy'

Rhododendron 'Bob's Blue' managed to put on a few flowers below the tangle of deer-chewed branches at the top. Not all rhododendrons are deer- resistant.

Hutchinsia alpina, one of my favorite small-scale ground covers.

A dwarf Pieris japonica.

Flowers are starting to open on the Japanese maples. See the ant on the lowest flower?

My one primula currently in bloom. The slugs got the other vulgaris types.

Rhododendron augustinii. These flowers will deepen as they open to a lavender which comes very close to blue.

An inherited rhododendron. 

Same rhododendron as above. I love this one, so it gets two photos.

Berberis X stenophylla 'Corallina Compacta' buds will open yellow.

Asarum caudatum, a Pacific Northwest native, has odd yet beautiful flowers that hardly anyone ever sees . . .

. . .because you have to push back the leaves to find them.

An inherited Magnolia stellata. Common as dirt as far as cultivated magnolias go, but I love it for the sweet, wafting scent and the fact that the deer don't eat it.

Viola sempervirens, another Pacific Northwest native.

Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'
Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day is hosted by May Dreams Gardens. Head on over to see what's blooming in other gardens around the world!


  1. Glad to see your surrounded by so many happy plants. Common as they may be I do love a magnolia...

    1. I plan to add more magnolias to my parents' yard. They are one of the few things the deer don't bother, and there are so many different kinds.

  2. I also live in the PNW, but your plants like Rhodies are ahead of mine. You have a lot of exotic plants as well, your Paphilopedilum Macabre looks like a character in a sci-fi movie. My Berberis 'Corallina Compacta' plants, which were tiny, seem to have disappeared over the winter, but B. darwinii is doing great.

    1. Hi Hannah. The rhodies in this post are all early bloomers. The main season rhodies are still weeks from blooming. My exotic houseplant collection is the result of an insatiable need for growing things in the face of equally insatiable deer.


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