Our April Showers Start the Parade of Colors

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Our April Showers Start the Parade of Colors

The adage has always been April Showers bring on May Flowers. While it may have been true once, with the environmental changes across the globe, the consistency is seldom there.

I look at the onset of rain in April as the tears of joy flowing for the end of the drab and cold and the onset of the colors that bring smiles and a far better sense of euphoria.  For the showers that fall in April, start the parade of colors that carry us through the summer. 

Our April Showers Start the Parade of Colors

In our yard, it starts with crocuses, and from there we see the hyacinths and then the daffodils.

We have the daffodils planted in various areas of the front yard, so we enjoy the colors for better than 3 weeks.

Once the weather warms up a bit, then the area I call the rock garden awakens.



Our April Showers Start the Parade of Colors


While still showing off the daffodils, which tend to get larger and more copious each year, the flocs start it's colors.

Shades of pink adorn the ground with a back drop of the brightly pink bush, for which I can never find the name..

These will las through the end of May and then comes my plantings of begonias and impatiens which will bloom all summer long. Once the cold sets in then the annuals are pulled, and I plant mums which last until the first frost.

Our April Showers Start the Parade of Colors

Towards the end of May the flowers along the driveway start to appear. There are day lilies as well as iris that will shine for a few days to be replaced by another.

On the opposite side of the driveway are the astilbes and their gently pink and white tops. They offer color for a few days sometimes up to a week, and then depart to return the following spring, thicker.

Along one side of the yard are the azaleas with their blossoms, which appear as a wall of color.



Not to be outdone there are azaleas along the front garden of the house as well.

There are also laurel as well as the azaleas along the back yard of the property.





As sentinels, we have the dwarf Japanese Maples that stand on either side of the front stoop and in the fall, their colors are a bright orange and a deeper red.


There is a third maple that is younger and is stretching to the right of the red one.


Of course, the grass starts to green and with a few utterances stays verdant through the end of the summer into fall when the colors of the leaves provide a temporary color blanket.

Ther are the flowering trees that offer an entrance to the spring season as well.


We are fortunate that our landscape is matured and my job is to try and keep it as such so that the future owners, whenever they are offered the house can appreciate all that we have enjoyed as well.

Alos at several spots in the yard are the rhodendrums with their big blooms.



This post is a contribution to the May Challenge, to Flaunt the Blooms brought to life by the early Spring showers.

Our April Showers Start the Parade of Colors



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Comments (23)

Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Ed,

I love your post on all the wonderful flowers and shrubs you have around your home! I love daffodils and iris..but you have a wonderful tempo of beautiful flowers in your garden that continually bring news colors for you to enjoy!

May 22, 2023 06:41 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Ed... is there anything lovelier than spring flowers? I love azaleas and we see lots of them here in the south. I also love Japanese Maples, but have never had luck with one.

May 22, 2023 07:10 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ed our crocuses and daffodils are all gone, and we are waiting for the next batch of flowers to start popping up soon.

May 22, 2023 07:21 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Ed, for sharing your photographs. Enjoy the spring flowers.

May 22, 2023 07:25 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Beautiful bushes and flowers.  The desert offers different colors and from the Midwest something we learned to appreciate.

May 22, 2023 07:33 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Dorie Dillard Austin TX   Thank you, we are blessed with so much color in the yard.

Nina Hollander, Broker   We are fortunate that the maples have taken so well. We also have a red maple in the center of the front yard. It thrives as its toes are in the septic system

May 22, 2023 08:02 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

George Souto  We have them as a progression all the way to fall with the laurels as well as the hydrangeas and the peonies.

Roy Kelley thanks for stopping.

Leanne Smith   We saw a cactus blossom on our trip to AZ

May 22, 2023 08:04 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Ed Silva what a beautiful job you have done in showing the colors of the flowering plants in your area. I am still waiting for a splash of inspiration in my yard  

May 22, 2023 11:35 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Ed, lots of work but the benefits of being surrounded by that beauty fantastic.  mdm

May 22, 2023 01:31 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Those are some beautiful pictures Ed Silva .  Having lived in ND and MN all my life I am bummed we are not getting in on Global Warming. Our winters keep getting colder and longer.

May 22, 2023 01:40 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

This spring has been one for the books when it comes to the blossoming of flowers.  My neighborhood is aglow with color.

May 22, 2023 06:20 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Ed, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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May 22, 2023 06:22 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

wow, Ed- your yard is bursting with color!!!! I love the big bushes by the front door!!!

May 22, 2023 06:42 PM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Hi, Ed.

April Showers: A Prelude to Nature's Breathtaking Palette of Color!

Wow, your title is spot on! The color of these flowers is truly breathtaking, a sight that will inspire anyone who sees them.

May 22, 2023 07:19 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You have a lot of beauty in your yard!  I am guessing that you have someone to take care of it for you, or else you wouldn't have much spare time to get out on the golf course, haha.

May 23, 2023 06:33 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, what a gorgeous yard you have, Ed! I love all of the colors!

We left a beautiful Japanese maple when we left our last home. I often miss that tree and keep saying I'm going to find the perfect spot at our new home to plant one. 

All of your flowers are so beautiful and those azaleas are stunning. We are so fortunate to have 4 seasons here in Charlotte and still anticipate with great excitement the blooming of the flowers that budded in April from the rains. What is funny is that this year, some of ours bloomed earlier than normal and I'm hearing from other members that their blooming season is a bit delayed this year! 

May 23, 2023 06:52 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Ed Silva - for me, this is your best writing yet. It is full of love, joy, education, hope, and beauty. I like how you told the story and it starts with that feature photo that grows into a beautiful spring garden in many different places. 

I think you did an extraordinary job with your photographs and telling us about what is grown in your garden. I enjoyed it very much. 

May 24, 2023 05:32 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

You have such a beautiful yard!  Love your blooming bushes, flowers and trees.  In the past when planning my yard, working in it, I'd call it "dirt therapy."  Looks like you have a lot of great dirt therapy going on there!    

May 29, 2023 11:15 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi En:

I really enjoyed seeing the floral beauty in your yard...it reminded me of the seasonal gardening we used to do back in Boston. I always enjoyed the early Spring flowers - hyacinths, daffodils and crocuses.


May 30, 2023 05:40 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Ed Silva Spectacular display! I do love your Japanese maples...truly beautiful.

May 31, 2023 07:32 AM