Storey staffers share scenes from April gardens.

After a fairly snowless winter, we’ve been on the rollercoaster ride that is spring in New England. We’ve had summer-like warmth and we’ve been cruelly plunged back into dreary, ice-encrusted days more reminiscent of January than April. But April, come she will, and while this first Bloom Day of 2016 reveals more buds than active blooming, it helps to remember that those buds are the promise of flower-filled days ahead. There are lots of us on the road this month, so in addition to scenes sent in by MaryAnn, our stalwart contributor in Norway, you’ll find photos from Ireland, Paris, North Carolina, and Louisiana. What’s blooming where you are? — Emily Spiegelman, Digital Features Editor

Lisa Hiley, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Daffodils

A few of the neighbor’s daffodils survived the snow.

Hellebore

The hellebore I planted in the fall is doing well.

Mystery bloom

I’m not sure what this is or how it got in my garden, but it’s very sweet.

Scilla

Scilla is appearing in my lawn — yay!

Carolyn Eckert, Florence, Massachusetts

Redbud tree buds

My redbud tree, just starting out.

Budding rose rugosa

Budding rosa rugosa

Sedum

Sedum

Carleen Madigan

I took these at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont, North Carolina.

Fringe Tree

Fringe Tree

Hellebores

Hellebores

Snowball viburnam

Snowball viburnum

Deanna F. Cook, Northampton, Massachusetts

grape hyacinth

Grape hyacinth

MaryAnn Nøbben, Norway

Grape hyacinth

I believe these are grape hyacinth.

Johnny Jump-up

A brave little Johnny Jump-up, one flowering, the other already seeding!

Slowly revealing itself

Slowly revealing itself

Heuchera

Heuchera peeking out between the cold rocks.

Michal Lumsden, Plainfield, Massachusetts

Not much is blooming in Plainfield yet. But there’s promise of many flowers to come.

Crocus

Crocus

Hyacinth

Hyacinth

Sedum

Sedum

Viburnum

Viburnum

Tina Parent, Pownall, Vermont

Daffodils

Daffodils

Hannah Fries, Sandisfield, Massachusetts

Coltsfoot

Coltsfoot blooming along the roadside, named for the shape of its leaves, which don’t appear until after it blooms. It is an herb that has long been used to treat chest ailments.

Daffodil

Our first daffodil of the season (we’re at about 1,700 feet, so a little late).

Garlic sprouting

Garlic sprouting in the garden (not a bloom, I know, but exciting!).

Deb Burns

Editor Deb Burns is traveling in Europe with her daughter but still managed to send in her Bloom Day photos.

Heather in bloom in Ireland

Here is heather in full bloom in Ireland in a cousin’s backyard.

Tulips blooming in Paris at Palais Royale

Tulips blooming in Paris at Palais Royale

Gwen Steege, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Hellebore

Hellebore

Primrose

Primrose

Pussy Willow

Pussy Willow

Ash Austin

If we’re not among the lucky few who are traveling in warmer places, we’re just fine with looking to family and friends to provide a glimpse of the color to come. Marketing designer Ash Austin hails from Louisiana originally, and shared this photo from her parents’ backyard.

Red Amaryllis in Mandeville Louisiana

Red amaryllis at my parent’s house in Mandeville, Louisiana. Photo taken by my dad.

Storey Digital Editors

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