April Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

“April Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

Thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for coming up with GBBD.  This is the day (15th of the month) in which we post everything which is blooming in our gardens.  This is a great way to keep a record of our garden bloomers.  Make sure to check out Carol’s blog to see what is blooming in other gardens.

With our warmer, milder weather, the garden has really taken off, and even I am surprised by how much more is blooming compared to just a month ago.  The roses have really started blooming well.  All the way from the once blooming Lady Banks to the Knockouts, Iceberg and Mutablis.





I still have a few amaryllis that are still flowering – red, white, orange and one bloom left on Elvas.




The violas and petunias are still holding on, but this will be the last bloom day they will be around until fall.  By May, the heat will be too much for them.





With the warmer weather the salvias have started blooming along with many other plants like the tropical hibiscus.





Still hanging on, even though warm temps have started, are the Texas bluebonnets.  Also blooming are the pink and white lantanas (but not the yellow yet), Nun’s orchid, coral nymph sage, wine sage, Mexican bush sage, pineapple sage, society garlic, ajuga, hardy, white and red wax begonias, gerber daisies, Mexican heather, blue daze, rosebud azaleas, calla lilies, butterfly weed, firecracker plant, impatiens, red millionbells, byzantine gladiolus, bulbine, yellow old-fashioned canna, Louisiana and walking irises, and the star and angel wing jasamines.

After reviewing everything that is blooming this April, I wonder if there will be any thing left to flower in May.



  1. Randy said,

    April 15, 2009 at 8:11 am

    Positively beautiful, Jan! I couldn’t pick a favorite.

  2. Darla said,

    April 15, 2009 at 8:19 am

    You have a lot blooming in your gardens and it all looks very beautiful!

  3. Gayle Madwin said,

    April 15, 2009 at 9:27 am

    You have extremely pretty violas! I’ve never seen them in orange or white before.

  4. Gail said,

    April 15, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Hi Jan, I love the beautiful roses in blooms, but the first amaryllis has got my attention! The pickatee coloration is splendid! I hope my violas last through the summer and bloom again this fall! I often lose patience and pull them out. Bad gardener…I need to let them seed themselves about! Have a good day. gail

  5. Janet said,

    April 15, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Lovely roses Jan. You garden is really putting on a show!

  6. jo said,

    April 15, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    So colourful: I am spoilt for choice of a favourite.
    The pansies, and the bright red salvia I think.

    Louisiana looks like an excellent zone for gardening.
    I envy you all the pass-along plants: they are usually healthier and more special than those you buy. And like you say: a lovely reminder of the person who passed it along.

  7. Racquel said,

    April 15, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Your garden is really showing off this April! Happy Bloom Day!

  8. Phillip said,

    April 15, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    I noticed so many rose buds today. It got me excited about seeing them. I have a friend who is traveling to Texas this weekend to see the bluebonnets.

  9. Sweet Bay said,

    April 15, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    I love your irises. They are just beautiful. The pansies too. There’s something about pansies with that kind of coloration that’s just so eye-catching.

    Happy GBBD!

  10. donna said,

    April 15, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    I visit your blog often and have come to expect beautiful blooms and you never disappoint….today was no exception.

  11. greenwalks said,

    April 15, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Lovely lovely – you Louisianians have got so much summer already here in spring. Roses? Get outta here! It’s funny, I had the same thought today – wonder if I’m using up all my Bloom Day wonderfulness this month with all the bulbs and then next month it will all be gone. Happy Bloom Day!

  12. April 15, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    All beautiful, I can’t seem to pick out a favorite! Happy GBBD to you- you have so much blooming 🙂

  13. April 16, 2009 at 8:12 am

    Wonderful blooms, Jan. Finally my double hibiscus has started blooming too! Guess squirrels found some better source! [touchwood]. I’m in mad with Amaryllis Lily like you too and Irises – still trying to find out if they’d grow in tropical heat.

  14. Nancy said,

    April 19, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    There will always be something blooming in Texas at any time..sigh…

    • Jan said,

      April 20, 2009 at 4:19 pm

      Nancy, that is the joy of living in the deep South.

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