April Leaves Bring May Flowers

Of course you also need rain, but it’s the fresh green leaves of April that herald the flowers of May.

Virginia Bluebells - the little flower buds are visible already.
Virginia Bluebells – the little flower buds are visible already.

For some this tender new foliage is barely noticeable, certainly unremarkable. However, to me their appearance is a moment of cheerful drama. For example, the blue-green leaves of Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) which are among the earliest to emerge.

Red Trillium
Red Trillium

Then there are the spotted leaves of Red Trillium (Trillium recurvatum).

2015-04-11 15.13.58

The bright green of White Bleeding Heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis var. alba).

Red Elderberry
Red Elderberry

Red Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa L.) buds hint at the color of the fruit that will come in mid-Summer. Unlike Black Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis), this fruit is poisonous to people.

Peony
Peony

Peony foliage is much looked forward to but also rather strange. This Peony reminds me of the Dr. Seuss characters Thing One and Thing Two, but with green hair instead of blue.

thing

See what I mean?

2015-04-11 15.27.30

And I cannot resist the grassy leaves of Narcissi that are about to bloom.

For more April foliage, follow the link to Foliage Follow-Up, hosted by Pam at Digging. Do you have a favorite when it comes to the leaves of April?

39 Comments on “April Leaves Bring May Flowers

  1. Few things get me as excited as the Virginia Bluebell leaves appearing, but I also love when the buds show pink tips. Columbine leaves are well up by now. The wild geraniums (now moving well beyond the starts I got from you several years ago) have come out in the last few days. The poppies showed themselves in March, and are now well into preparing to show off their stuff (no buds yet, though). Every day there is something new going on. What fun this time of year is, and especially this year with a good measure of rain and some nice warm days.

  2. Hello Jason our Lamprocapnos is nearly flowering, but you’re not too far behind, once the green leaves start appearing they grow spectacularly quickly from frill to flower in a matter of weeks. It’s amazing how quickly it all happens – blink and you miss it.

  3. I notice you used the new name for Bleeding Heart… 😉 I also love to see the foliage of peonies, and the first signs of the Sedums which appear before anything else. And Pulmonaria leaves are especially pretty too.

  4. So much to loot forward too. I am still in cleaning mode since very little is yet to bloom. I looked over last year’s images from April and May, and I still have quite a wait. But we are a bit ahead of last year at least.

  5. I totally got what you meant! After a whole season of expectation, here they come the new leaves and sprouts with their bright colours! I love in particular the new leaves of peonia mlokosewitchii: somewhat purple and glaucous at the same time. Your peony must be one of those with fine fern-like leaves right? It’s beautiful (although I’ve never heard of thing 1 and thing 2…)

  6. I love watching the garden “leaf out.” Your peony do remind me of Little Thing 1 and 2 from Cat in the Hat. Great photos. Thanks for sharing.

  7. While I love each tiny evidence of spring foliage, my favorites would have to be pulsatilla, aquilegia, and dicen… oops, sorry, lamprocampus, LOL

  8. I’ll be honest….I like it all because to me it means it is all coming back!!! So exciting isn’t it!?!? Though I do hope we get some rain tomorrow! Happy gardening Jason! Nicole

  9. It amazes me at just how quickly your plants waken up Jason and despite the winter there, paeonies are at a similar stage in my garden. We are still having frosts here, 3 mornings this week but thankfully little damage to new foliage. Lovely to see yours and a very exciting time watching the garden coming back to life isn’t it?

  10. I like the way you describe the Peony foliage–so true! Things are happening fast. I guess I’m glad that we’ll have a little cooler weather this week–maybe that will allow spring to be with us a little longer. Yay!

  11. After a long winter and late spring your plants are in a rush to catch up. What lovely new foliage, I particularly like the shiny red shoots of peonies.

  12. Jason,
    I love reading your blog but since one month I can’t download it. Why?
    What did you change?
    Please write on my blog and I will bookmark yours.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: