Storey staffers and friends share April garden scenes.

Every year, April 15th marks the start of Bloom Day, a monthly glimpse at the growing season through the gardens and yards of Storey employees and our flower-loving acquaintances. This year, it seems, we’re off to an exceptionally slow start. Though this week brought us a few days of summer-like temps, the earth still holds patches of snow in places and the plants seem downright groggy. When I put out the call to my colleagues to submit their April photos, one of them responded (and I quote): NO! There is NOTHING effing blooming here! All of this is to say, there just aren’t that many flowers to show off on this Bloom Day. But if you look closely enough, there are green things pushing up from the ground and red buds at the ends of branches. The days are steadily getting warmer, and like the late, great George Michael once sang, I gotta have faith. What’s blooming where you are? — Emily Spiegelman, Digital Features Editor

Michal Lumsden, Plainfield, Massachusetts

bloom day lilac buds

The lilacs are coming! The lilacs are coming!

poppy leaves sprouting bloom day

The promise of poppies

dew drops in lupine leaves bloom day

Dew drops and lupines

Gwen Steege, Williamstown, Massachusetts

claytonia bloom day

Claytonia

coltsfoot bloom day

Coltsfoot

Emily Spiegelman, Wendell, Massachusetts

dwarf iris bloom day

Dwarf iris

snowdrop

Snowdrop

Carleen Madigan, Loon Lake, New York

cornelian cherry bloom day

Cornelian Cherry

Deb Burns, Williamstown, Massachusetts

snowdrops bloom day

Snowdrops and hope spring eternal.

crocuses bloom day

Crocuses in the lawn: three bright notes against brown.

MaryAnn Nøbben, Norway

Scilla siberica Bloom Day

Scilla siberica, happily spreading out behind the house.

Chive sprouts Bloom Day

Chives making a brave start in my porch railing planter.

Storey Digital Editors

We are the staff at Storey Publishing — the crafters, cooks, brewers, builders, homesteaders, gardeners, and all-around DIY-ers who make Storey books.

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