The Blooms Come, and Go

I took an opportunity this week to capture photos of some of our blooming plants. I started with the double flowering cherry tree. I believe it is a Kwanzan cherry, and it was literally covered in fluffy pink blossoms this spring.

Most of the blossoms have now fallen on the ground.

Some have fallen on the concrete pavers stacked beneath the tree. With a tree this pretty, I can put up with the mess of the fallen blossoms.

Other blooming plants are still going strong. The strawberries are still blooming like crazy, which is a good thing because I had to replant half the beds, and the more blooms we have the more strawberries we should have. You can even see a small green strawberry forming between the two white blossoms. It won’t be long now!

This potted Grolau chive plant has some beautiful blossoms on it right now. I better think about making some chive blossom vinegar soon. It’s a once a year event.

Over in the Shade Garden, the sweet woodruff is now covered in dainty little white blossoms. In the past  I have had problems getting this plant to grow, but in this spot it is growing like a weed – though a beautiful one. The little froggie is holding court, with two of our zillions of Albo-marginata hostas in the background.

The fragrant, nodding little white flowers of the lily of the valley plants are right around the corner, also loving their shady spot.

Many other plants are only now getting ready to bloom. This Apache thornless blackberry is showing a little bit of color in the blossoms.

The black raspberry is budding, but not nearly ready to open yet.

And we are waiting patiently for the broccoli to begin showing the beginning of it’s blossoms, when we will cut the heads and start the harvest.

So many things are going on in Spring, perhaps that’s why I love this time of year so much!

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4 Responses to The Blooms Come, and Go

  1. Your photos are gorgeous.

    I love the cherry trees. We have tons of them at work. This week, when the wind blew, it was like we were having a pink snow storm. It was beautiful.

  2. Meredith says:

    What a lovely carpet of petals, villager! I had no idea there were special varieties of chives, and you’ve made me write down Grolau chive on a little notepad that sits beside the computer. That blossom is the king of chive flowers! I’ve never made chive blossom vinegar, and mine are in bloom now, too, if you feel like posting instructions and your recipe soon. 😉

    • Villager says:

      Grolau is a chive that is great for growing in pots. The one in the photo overwintered here in a large pot.

      I’ll try and get a recipe up for the vinegar later this week when I make it. It will go something like “loosely pack a jar with fresh chive blossoms and cover with a good white wine vinegar; put lid on jar and let sit in sun for 1-2 weeks; strain vinegar into decanter.” It’s particularly nice on potatoes or in potato salad.

  3. Shawn Ann says:

    I love those double cherry trees. I would love to have one someday. I just found your blog through granny’s blog, and haven’t had a lot of time to look at it yet, but I can’t wait. You are pretty close to my area (Louisville), so it will be interesting to see what you have growing.

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