Sunday, April 15, 2012

GBBD April Flowers in Pennsylvania, Zone 5

Pennsylvania, Zone 5 April flowers
The Circle Lawn on April 15th, 2012.
 Welcome to GBBD April at Gilmore Gardens in Pennsylvania, Zone 5!

Our garden is still a month ahead of where it normally is in spring.  It looks much more like May from last year than April.  We are located on a corner lot in our little town, so we have lots of passersby with which to share our spring celebration. Our location contains gardens in shade, semi-shade and lots of full sun. See the map of Gilmore Gardens to link these areas together in your mind as you look around.

Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba' (Bleeding hearts), Narcissus 'Thalia' and Myosotis (Forget-me-nots) in the Shade Path Garden.
White bleeding hearts (Lamprocapnos spectabilis 'Alba'), Narcissus 'Thalia' and blue forget-me-nots (Myosotis) in the Shade Path Garden.
Pink flowers of Epimedium with Narcissus 'Thalia' and Helleborus orientalis hybrids in the background in the Shade Path Garden.
Pink flowers of Epimedium with Narcissus 'Thalia' and Helleborus orientalis hybrids in the background in the Shade Path Garden.
The Shade Path Garden with Narcissus 'Thalia' returning every year.
The Shade Path Garden with Narcissus 'Thalia' returning every year.
Spring view to Cherry Corner Garden, which is a semi-sun planting. The pink weeping cherry still presides though it has now been done blooming for a couple of weeks.
Spring view to Cherry Corner Garden, which is a semi-sun planting. The pink weeping cherry still presides though it has now been done blooming for a couple of weeks.
Planting by the maple tree around the Circle Lawn includes the parrot tulip, Tulipa 'White Parrot'.  I love it here with the white variegated Sedum 'Frosty Morn'! A few Anemone blanda 'Blue Shades' in the lower left corner. Close-up of Tulip 'White Parrot' around the Circle Lawn.
Planting by the maple tree around the Circle Lawn includes the parrot tulip, Tulipa 'White Parrot'.  I love it here with the white variegated Sedum 'Frosty Morn'! A few Anemone blanda 'Blue Shades' in the lower left corner.
Close-up of Tulip 'White Parrot' around the Circle Lawn.
Close-up of Tulip 'White Parrot' around the Circle Lawn.
Over-head view of the Cherry Corner garden looking to the Front Woodland in the curb strip: Mertensia virginica and Narcissus 'Pink Charm'. Forget-me-nots (Myosotis) in the Front Woodland.
Over-head view of the Cherry Corner garden looking to the Front Woodland in the curb strip: Mertensia virginica and Narcissus 'Pink Charm'. Forget-me-nots (Myosotis) in the Front Woodland.
The Front Walk Garden: Tulip 'Princess Irene' with pink English daisies, white Anemone blanda and Spirea 'Goldflame'. And of course forget-me-nots. This garden becomes ever more sunny as the season progresses.
The Front Walk Garden: Tulip 'Princess Irene' with pink English daisies, white Anemone blanda and Spirea 'Goldflame'. And of course forget-me-nots. This garden becomes ever more sunny as the season progresses.
Tulip 'Princess Irene' with white Anemone blanda and blue forget-me-nots (Myosotis).
Tulip 'Princess Irene' with white Anemone blanda and blue forget-me-nots (Myosotis).
The Front Woodland garden is shade and semi shade. Right now the Forget-me-nots and forsythia bush are packing the color, with Sedum 'Acre' giving a nice ground cover under the clumps of spiky daylily foliage.
The Front Woodland garden is shade and semi shade. Right now the Forget-me-nots and forsythia bush are packing the color, with Sedum 'Acre' giving a nice ground cover under the clumps of spiky daylily foliage.
Lots of color in the sunny Hill Garden: Tulip 'China Pink' with a few cobalt blue Muscari armenicum and lots of purple Phlox subulata. Our Curb Strip blooming this year with three Shadblow Serviceberries (Amelanchier canadensis) and one hundred Muscari 'Ocean Magic', with Sedum 'Acre' underneath. It was just a year ago that this was turf! Much more enjoyable.
Lots of color in the sunny Hill Garden: Tulip 'China Pink' with a few cobalt blue Muscari armenicum and lots of purple Phlox subulata.
Our Curb Strip blooming this year with three Shadblow Serviceberries (Amelanchier canadensis) and one hundred Muscari 'Ocean Magic', with Sedum 'Acre' underneath. It was just a year ago that this was turf! Much more enjoyable.
Our Curb Strip blooming this year with three Shadblow Serviceberries (Amelanchier canadensis) and one hundred Muscari 'Ocean Magic', with Sedum 'Acre' underneath. It was just a year ago that this was turf! Much more enjoyable.
Tulip 'Virichic' in a pot on the back steps... maybe adding some dark pansies tomorrow?
Tulip 'Virichic' in a pot on the back steps... maybe adding some dark pansies tomorrow?
Tulipa 'Angelique', pink blooming Lamium, cobalt blue Muscari armenicum and vivid yellow Heuchera 'Citronelle' in the Driveway Garden.
Thanks for taking the walk around! We are a bit crazy about spring around here.

Thanks to Carol at May Dreams for hosting GBBD April!

15 comments:

  1. WOW! I LOVE your curb strip. If I lived in your town I would take a walk by your garden every day. So many colors and textures...it looks awesome!

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  2. It's looking very good indeed, Julie. I agree with the above, I would pass by every day to see what's happening, but I'm lucky I can visit virtually instead! The white Parrot tulips look very like spring green in a way, don't they. Are you sure they are China Pink - they look a stronger colour than I would expect. Happy GBBD, Christina

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    1. Christina,
      I do believe they are lily-flowered 'China Pink'. Perhaps they look darker because they were mostly closed at the time in the overcast morning? They do lighten when open in the bright sun.

      So glad you could take a walk around... even from Italy!
      Julie

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  3. I love all the different types of tulips you have! The white parrot tulips are so pretty with the green creeping up the sides. I always look forward to seeing your abundance of fluffy, purple phlox!

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  4. Lovely, I wish I could pick your brain about your succession planting. love, love, love, tulips Angelique and White Parrot.

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  5. aloha,

    i love all the tulips on display and your little rock hill in full bloom, what a great display.

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  6. Oh, I bet every person that passes by stops for a while to look at your beautiful garden. Then goes around the block so they can walk by again! :) It all looks fabulous. So pretty. No wonder you're crazy about spring!

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  7. Very pretty garden, Sheila

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  8. Julie, Happy GBBD! Your garden is so pretty. You have done a wonderful job of combining spring bulbs and perennials. The mix of colors and textures is superb.

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  9. Tulip ‘White Parrot’ is delightful Julie! I really enjoyed the shot combining the arching blooms of the Bleeding Hearts and N. ‘Thalia’.

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  10. Wow Julie...so much beauty and color...I love the curb garden...one of my favorite muscari...all those tulips...my deer would devour them...

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  11. So, you're not just good at succesional planting, also good at colour co-ordination too! Everything goes so well with its neighbours, each group makes a stunning picture. Love your curb strip, so much nicer!

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  12. Your garden seems to grow more and more beautiful every day! Such a classy planting style you have - can definitely see the British influence :-) I especially like those white tulips with the 'Frosty Morn' sedum. I planted lots of 'Thalia' daffodils last fall - have my fingers crossed that they will perennialize for me.

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  13. Love the texture and combinations of plants in the front woodland garden. Great design!

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  14. Julie,
    Absolutely love your curb strip.The color combo is a real eye-catcher! I wish you were my neighbor so I could stroll through your garden. Everything is so well designed and lovely!

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