It's amazing how fast things come and go and in the spring. There are flowers that bloomed after March Bloom Day that didn't last until April Bloom Day. I didn't anticipate that there would be blooms that would be so uncooperative! Wisteria and Spanish Bluebells were great, but no longer, alas. But now the Golden Showers Rose is ramping up to its biggest show of the year. I've posted photos of its open blooms before, so this time I will show one its beautiful buds. Sometimes when I "deadhead" this (it's in quotes because I'm not very thorough about deadheading) I put the spent petals in my jacket pocket and enjoy the surprise of its lovely scent throughout the day.
The Atamasco Lily, below, is certainly a native Eastern U.S. plant. There is a lovely description of these and other rain lilies in the first chapter of Scott Ogden's Garden Bulbs for the South that convinces me that I need more.
January's and February's Bloom Days. I would have posted it in December also, if I'd had a blog then. I didn't post a photo in March because I didn't want to be too repetitive. But when it's still blooming in April, that's just too amazing not to make note of. Here for another encore is the flowering quince. I have to admit that I would prefer all its blooms at once rather than in small handfuls, but its hard to complain about a plant that blooms for five consecutive months.