Reward after taxes

Whether you just filed last night or spent your refund check on groceries weeks ago, you deserve to treat yourself to another thing in life (besides death, heaven forbid!) that’s certain:  Thousands of daffodils blooming in concert at Blithewold.  I think I pretty much called it when I said they’d peak around the end of the week.  It’s that magical moment before the early daffs fade and the late daffs are fully out – it’s a moment that should last a few days.  And if you can see past the daffodils there are plenty of other things blooming too.  In honor of Garden Bloggers Bloom Day hosted by Carol of May Dreams Gardens the 15th of every month (I’m so often fashionably late to the party), here are a few of the other blooms coming and going on the grounds:

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Pulsatilla vulgaris - Pasque flowerMuscari armeniacum - Grape hyacinthCamperdown elm - Ulmus glabra 'Camperdownii'Potentilla alba - Dwarf cinquefoilPetasites japonicus - flowers about to be hidden by the leavesFritillaria meleagris - Checkered lily still in budChionodoxa - Glory of the snowBloodroot - Sanguinaria canadensis - in budPrunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis' - Higan cherry just coming into bloomAnemone blanda 'White Splendour'

Did you think I would forget to show the daffodils? (I took these pictures yesterday – just imagine how much more outstanding it is today…)

Water Garden daffodil vistaBosquet vistaDaff cam 4-15-09

What’s at its peak in your garden?