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Month-end blooms or non-blooms

There is lots of new growth in my garden but sadly, no exciting blooms. The wetter, colder weather has produced masses of lush green growth but there is very little “bloom-worthy” going on in the garden. We’re mulching, composting, weeding and generally just dreaming up new ideas for the future Spring Garden and enjoying the Camellias at the moment. And spending time visiting the garden blogs of our friends the Northern Hemisphere to get my “flower fix”.

Here are the few bloomers in my garden at the end of April …

[one_half]Mona LavenderMona Lavender[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Marigolds in veggie patchMarigolds in veggie patch[/one_half_last]


[one_half_last]Iceberg RosesIceberg Rose[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Guara and LobulariaGuara and Alyssum[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Heliotropium and AlyssumHeliotropium and Alyssum[/one_half_last]


[one_half_last]Pink CamelliasPink Camellia[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Acorus graminex and LamiumAcorus graminex and Lamium[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Nandina berries & leavesNandina berries & leaves[/one_half_last]

The last two photos, not blooms, but lovely and making me happy, especially the Nandinas with their redddening leaves and big bunches of berries that provide a lot of colour in the garden right now.

I’ve added this post to Helen’s meme: End of Month View over at her blog, The Patient Gardener.

Happy gardening!

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

12 replies on “Month-end blooms or non-blooms”

Found you through the EOMV – what a great way of ‘visiting’ gardens from all over the world… and your post has reminded me how much I love heliotrope and how I really, really ought to have sewn some for this year. I must add it to my list of ‘things I must not forget’…

PS: love, love that powder-puff camellia!

What lovely blooms – I can’t wait for things to start to flower in the garden. Patience was never one of my best traits! Everything is very advanced here due to the unseasonably hot weather but also the lack of April showers has hindered things. I don’t thing the plants really know what to do next. I will consol myself by looking at your beautiful photos until the flowers appear in my own garden.

Oh, I love camellias – a reason to look forward to winter. For this to be your ‘off’ season, you have a lot of blooms! And berries I love, too.

Maybe you two are just in those “between times” when the bulbs have finished, and the garden only looks green with their leaves. It’s a hard time for me every year. We got rain this morning, and we’re grateful. Yesterday was lovely with sun and lots of garden chores. I hope your rain brings May flowers.~~Dee

For those out there with noisy upstairs neighbours, your blog is a refreshing walk in the beauty (and silence) of nature. And an inspiration to start planting a few pretty flowers on my balcony now that spring has arrived.

Your envious but proud little brother and Northern hemispherian 🙂

Doesn’t look like you are doing too badly in the flower department with that lovely rose blooming away – and the rest! Mostly I am just jealous of your rain. April is normally pretty wet here in the UK, and an ideal time to plant up new borders. Not this year…

Pretty darn nice selection Christine. I will not see my Iceberg roses for a while yet, but seeing yours give me a little hope. I do like the Nandina berries. Such a pretty shrub.

Just lovely to see colour 🙂 . The Camillias are really beautiful and perfectly shaped, that lovely creamy white gives such a royal wedding feel. Enjoy your blooms and your garden this weekend.

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