bloomday April 2020

The Chinese Fringe Tree is in a full-on blizzard of blooms

I’ve decided I’ve got to cut back on baking — that’s just not sustainable for this unforeseeable, housebound future. So today I hope to tackle the creeping fig on the back wall, which has footage of overgrowth and is also being colonized by the dreaded asparagus fern. It’s nowhere near as satisfying a task as filling the house with warmth and delicious aromas, but much more necessary. Personally, what’s essential and nonessential gets a little blurry. More cake? Nonessential. More plants? Obviously essential. Like everyone else with a garden or a house with windows (or a bunker with grow lights), I’m on a ferocious mail-order tear, and have scoured U.S. nurseries for a source of Eryngium guatamalense to no avail — if you know of one, drop me a line! From photos I’ve seen, that eryngium looks pretty essential to me. And what about those dreams? Daytime has its own hushed, dream-like quality, while nighttime dreams have suddenly become novelistic in detail. I’m also getting back to long walks, suitably masked of course, and finding some lovely garden scenes all over town. (I can’t carry the big camera so it’s all for Instagram.) Here’s some of the blooms that are washing over the back garden at the moment.

lots of the brick red nicotiana turned up this spring, not so much the white and lime green
the nicotiana reseeds in light shade as well as full sun
Papaver setigerum opened up those tangerine sherbert booms this week — must stop making food analogies!
I haven’t weeded out this big nicotiana rosette against the house, hoping for lime green
The pelargonium corner is adding lots of little blooms that reward close inspection like Pelargonium ‘Pomona’
I can always find a couple seedlings of Solanum pyracanthum to pot up
poppies love to reseed into the bricks and can be carefully pried out when small with a butter knife for replanting — hoping these named varieties get the memo: ‘Apricot Chiffon,’ Golden Chiffon,’ ‘Red Chief’
Salvia ‘Big Pink’ still at least a couple weeks away from full bloom

The creeping fig wall, Ficus pumila, is just behind the bocconia and nearly overwhelming the narrow access path. It has everything — nasty sap, dust enough to provoke coughing jags that will worry the neighbors, huge amounts of green debris to deal with later. Before I hunt for the clippers, I’ll leave you with four choice words: One-Bowl Pound Cake.

More posts on what’s blooming this April can be found on May Dreams Gardens.

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3 Responses to bloomday April 2020

  1. Kris P says:

    I’ve thus far avoided the baking fetish that’s grabbed many of my friends but I admit that I’ve become addicted to Rocky Road ice cream for reasons I can’t even begin to explain. Luckily (?), the shelves have been periodically bare of ice cream of any kind. My waistline needs some kind of control. As usual, you garden is full of lovely things that don’t want to grow for me. Nicotiana growing out of a pavement crack – really?!

  2. Wonderful views of your garden Denise. It’s great fun to look for Dustin’s work tucked in here and there. As for the Eryngium guatamalense, good luck. It looks fabulous.

  3. Denise says:

    @Kris, I can’t believe you prefer one of the few kinds of ice cream I avoid! Also, anything with coconut or mint or coffee flavor…
    @Loree, you were with me when a couple recent ones were acquired, so you would know! It’s starting to look like an outdoor Gimbel gallery…

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