May 13, 2011

If April Showers Bring May Flowers...

If April showers bring May flowers...
what will May showers bring??

Hopefully more flowers and not more mud!!

(click photos to enlarge)

Be still my Bleeding Heart!


they hands down win the award
for the most whimsical flower!


the wild variety is so much softer colored...


and so much more delicate...

I would hate to choose a favorite...


the happy spikes of variegate Ajuga....


another variety of Ajuga with Rockcress in the front,
there are also Tulips and Daffs in the back.

this seems to be my catch all bed in spring...
when I buy a pot of this or that for planters,
I take the bulbs out after they wither
and plant them here...


it makes for a happy show,
in an easy to see location
for those wet spring days...


the Windflowers are winding up...


Bluebells in all their glory!

the plants in the bog are beginning to bloom....
this is Pickerel Rush...


the first Columbines are just popping open...



the Lilacs want to open...
but are insisting on a bit more sun!!


I am joining...
and

Thanks for visiting me!

38 comments:

Cindy said...

Gorgeous Bella, your garden is amazing! Thankful for April showers!!!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I like bleeding hearts, especially the white ones!

Shirley said...

Dear Bella,
We are so lucky to be able to see such wonders of nature. My poor blind friend can not see what we do. I spend many moments describing a bleeding heart and making her feel it as she hold's it in her hand. It is the best part of sharing. Life is beautiful!

Shanda said...

Beautiful shots. You are so blessed to have so many different flowers in your yard. I love the bleeding heart!

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

What a beautiful showing you have. My first Columbines have opened up, too. They are one of my favorite spring flowers. I have not had much luck with bleeding hearts, I don't think our winters get cold enough here
but I love seeing yours. So pretty!

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

My oh mY oh my...those such beautiful images.
The Columbines are just so very,very intricate, delictate and lovely.
You are an excelent photographer !
You have made my evening.

Rose

Susan said...

Lovely photos! Enjoyed them a lot. Susan

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Bella
I just love pastel shades and you have lots of lavender coloured flowers that appeal to me.
We have had a number of warm gardening days in a row but rain is on the horizon for us now too.
Hugs,
Judith

debi said...

I too have been wondering what the May showers will bring. I say enough already!

Your gardens are beautiful!!!!

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Your "catch all" garden is gorgeous! I've seen planned beds that aren't nearly as lovely. ;)

Thanks for joining the party, Bella. I'm glad to have you back!

Blessings,
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

Red Gate Farm said...

My lilacs are waiting for a little sunshine too! Soon, I hope, soon :)

~Chris

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

Oh Bella, Your garden has given you beautiful gifts! They are so pretty and what a variety. Have a good day....Julian

A Rosy Note said...

Everything is so pretty! I didn't know that there were purple bleeding hearts too!

~tricia

Evelyn S. said...

Just lovely! I'm envious. I have two white bleeding heart plants coming in the mail....they will replace the old plant which didn't come up this spring.

sarah said...

we just planted some bleeding hearts. My 10 year fell in love with them. They are amazing little flowers. Your photos are the best.

Kristy said...

Your bleeding hearts are so beautiful, thanks for walking us through your garden!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

This is lovely indeed. Such beautiful combination of soft hued colors. So pretty!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Absolutely gorgeous flowers Bella!! Those purple ones are sooo pretty!

GardenGirl said...

Beautiful! This is my favorite time in the garden I think...lush and fresh and all blues whites and pinks,my favorites! Come to 2nd Saturdayz and visit!
Deb @ Garden Party

Becca's Dirt said...

Your gardens are getting so pretty now. They look so full. Love the bleeding hearts and the columbines.

Fishtail Cottage said...

Always love coming to visit you to see what is going on at Bella's Cottage and seeing your gorgeous photo's! Thanks for linking your post to Cottage Flora Thursday's xoox, tracie

Linda Makiej said...

Lovely photos here!! really nice 'simple pleasure'!
glad to be following you now...

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I admire yor ability to remember what everything is! A good skill if you're going to live in the garden of Eden. xx

HolleyGarden said...

I didn't realize there were native bleeding hearts that were purple. I still love the whimsical red ones. All your flowers are adorable. Such soft colors. Beautiful.

Dayle said...

Flowers are always welcome at the Simple Pleasures party. They just make the world a much happier place.

THE VERANDA HOUSE said...

HI BELLA BLEEDING HEARTS SO DELICATE AND SO BEAUTIFUL,COLUMBINES ARE SO DAINTY TO.THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS BEAUTYS,YOUR GARDEN WILL BE IN FULL BLOOM IN NO TIME AND YOU WILL MAKE OUR WORLD HAPPIER WITH YOUR ,BEAUTIFUL POSTS..HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY..BLESSINGS..SANDRA

Carolyn said...

Hi Bella,
you have captured the beauty of your garden so well!
We could use some sunshine here too.

carolyn

Marydon said...

Soo love Bleeding Hearts. Mine are now in bloom.Your florals are gorgeous, Bella.

Have a beautiful PINK weekend.
TTFN ~
Marydon

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Kay K said...

Your pictures are beautiful as I am a flower lover ....Enjoy each one ...many blessings to you

Debbie said...

I love how spring brings out all of the beautiful blue flowers. Your gardens are lovely Bella.
Debbie

deborah said...

I am so glad to find another gardener! I found you when I linked onto Blooming Tuesday. Great Pictures! Stop by and see what I have blooming today! I am a new follower!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Very pretty Bella! It's neat that you have all those blooms even in the rain-enjoy:@)

Becca's Dirt said...

What beautiful blooms. Love all the blues. Blues can be hard to find.

Queen of The Desert said...

I love all the pretty blooms in your garden.

Suffia

Jean said...

Welcome to Bloomin' Tuesday. Bleeding Heart is one of my favorites! Great photos. Lovin' all the pretty purples too! Jean

Southwest Cottage Designs said...

The bleeding heart is such a gorgeous flower, and I agree that it's hard to choose a favorite. They're all beautiful!

Paula said...

Your bleeding hearts are wonderful! Thanks for sharing these fun pix! paula from Idaho
http://bucketideasforgardening.blogspot.com/

Deb said...

Just lovely! You have a wonderful garden.