A menagerie of useful plants and things handmade….
April Flowers 2021
2021 April Flowers! Hooray! They are back!!!
Here are a few of my favorites now blooming at Barbolian Fields. How did I forget Dandelions? They’re everywhere!! (Had to include a few of my granddaughter, who is almost 5)
Nanking cherry blossoms - delicate, soft, light
This particular Red Flowering Currant blossom just really seemed to stand out among all the other zillions. Can't get enough! One of Barkley's favorites, too.
A Goumi blossom, Elaeagnus multiflora, in the morning sun. Is it related to honeyberries? Their blossoms are similar.
An old-fashioned gooseberry flower - so simple and yet so complex - who knew?
Manchurian Viburnum - not quite open - what a transformation it makes! Like a starburst!
This Manchurian Viburnum looked so soft in the morning light!
Ok ok. One last photo of the the Star Magnolia blossom. It seems like it should be growing in the south or maybe Hawaii, not up here in the drizzly Pacific Northwest!
When the little tree is in full bloom, it is a site to behold! The Star Magnolia is one of my favorite April flowers here at Barbolian Fields. I don't see many of them elsewhere, and I have no idea who might have planted it - but I thank them.
I never knew the Star Magnolia blossoms were edible until this year. They almost seem to glow in dark as the sun sets!
Rhubarb buds are bold.
Who doesn't love cherry blossoms??? When the wind blows and they take flight, it seems to be snowing!
Daffodils are iconic April flowers - bringing a splash of yellow wherever they pop up - sometimes far from where originally planted!
Some of the Mahonia blossoms are starting to fade. Aka, Oregon Grape, it is a native plant that is a reliable early food source for pollinators.
Red Flowering Currant cluster up close. What bee or hummingbird could resist this April flower? A native treasure!
The Red Flowering Currant shrubs have grown HUGE. A hummingbird, bumblebee, and kid attractant!
Red Flowering Currant trilogy - the flowers were SO dense this year and the shrubs, HUGE!
Brassica flowers grow taller than my granddaughter. So tasty!