Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day - May 2018

What an amazing month! I got back from looking at beautiful Austin, Texas gardens to find my garden had practically exploded with color. I just walked around the whole first day I was back saying "Wow!" and "Look!" and "Wow!" over and over.

Allow me to share some of the "wow" moments with you for Garden Blogger's Bloom Day, as we do a color-wheel look at my blossoms, beginning with red.

Helianthemum 'Henfield Brilliant' is a show this month.

Abutilon megapotamicum has been blooming for months already.
Delosperma 'Firespinner'. I love this happy green groundcover most of the year, but when those fabulous orange and pink blossoms start up in spring - wow!

I bought a packet of California poppies years ago, in a mixture of colors from cream to orange. Guess which color seeds itself every year since?
 The crazy big blossoms of Trachycarpus fortunei.
Sisyrinchium striatum. Commonly called pale yellow-eyed grass, or Satin flower.

Halimiocistus wintonensis 'Merrist Woods Cream'. One of my favorites.
Rosa 'Sally Holmes'
Rosa 'Perle d'Or'. You have now seen my entire collection of two roses.

Lewisia longipetala 'Little Peach'.

Lewisia cotyledon 'Sunset Series'. This is the Lewisia's moment to shine.
Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Sizzling Pink'.

Penstemon davidsonii.
The last few Camellia 'April Kiss' are hanging on into May.

Echium russicum is a happy self-seeder, poking out in front of a Catmint that's bent on world domination.

The silvery foliage of Lupinus sericatus is beautiful with no flowers, so the fun, grape-colored blossoms are a bonus.

The extreme color of Rhododendron 'Ahna Kruske' (with last year's unfortunate foliar notching I think we have successfully addressed now.)
This looks to me like Iris tenax, our lovely native Northwest iris, but I have moved the iris around too many times to be sure. If anyone can confirm or correct, I'd welcome the input.


Penstemon cardwellii responds to warmer, sunny days with a flush of bloom.

Scilla peruviana is hitting its stride.

Iris pallida is another plant I'd grow just for its variegated foliage; the flowers just add to the spring riot of color in the garden.

Ceanothus 'Joan Mirov'

Ceanothus 'Victoria' is still young, but firmly established. I'm looking forward to it working like its predecessor to screen our patio from the sidewalk.

It's already working for some of the garden residents.

On to the white flowers: Pyracantha x 'Mohave' gets fireblight every spring, but for a brief, shining moment, the flowers are lovely.

Saxifraga cotyledon 'Caterhamensis' forms a nice stiff mound with these surprisingly large flowers in spring.

The grassy flowers of Luzula nivea.
All of the volunteer Foxgloves in the Northwest Territory are white this year.

Cistus obtusifolius.

Pretty little  Lewisia columbiana var. rupicola.

That's a lot of flowers for my usually foliage-focused garden, but the lusty month of May will not be denied!

I'm joining with Carol at May Dreams Gardens to celebrate Garden Blogger's Bloom Day. Click over to check out more flowers from all over this month.

Happy Bloom Day!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Garden bloggers Bloom Day - April 2018

Cold and wet. That's April in a nutshell, so far. We expect that kind of weather in March, but April is supposed to let us be outdoors more - gardening, and even playing. It's just not that way this year, so I'm making the best of it by admiring the long bloom times this cold spring weather has promoted in a few species.

For example, Ribes sanguineum. It was just beginning to open for March Bloom Day. Now it's in full, glorious color, and feeding the hummers in my garden. I was seriously buzzed by a migratory Rufous hummingbird while taking these shots!


Also appearing last month, Mahonia repens is still happily brightening up the Northwest Territory.
 The last few flowers are clinging on to Osmanthus x burkwoodii.
A few tiny flowers on Lewisia columbiana var. rupicola. The blooming plant is a volunteer seedling from the mother plant. Gotta love those freebies!
Not to be outdone, Lewisia cotyledon 'Sunset Series' is pulling out all the stops.

And here's Lewisia longipetala 'Little Peach'.
In more pink news, Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Sizzling Pink' has many more blooms than last year. It was hit hard by snow and ice in 2017 but seems to have recovered nicely from the necessary pruning of a few boughs.
Last month I showed the very first bloom on Camellia x 'April Kiss'. Now she's hitting her stride. I'm not a big fan of most camellias, but this one got into the garden on account of perfect petal positioning.

Malus 'Prairifire' is just beginning, but this looks to be a good year for the blooms.
I'm in love with Grevillia australis. The long-lived, crazy little flowers, the ferny, evergreen foliage, and the attractive shape are topped off by its sweet, honey-like fragrance. It's the very best thing happening on my hell strip!


The later-blooming Manzanitas are coming along. This one was mis-labeled but is probably Arctostaphylos 'Martha Ewan'.

Arctostaphylos hookeri 'Buxifolia'.

Dodecatheon hendersonii. This sweet wildflower is such a treat in the garden.
Ceanothus "Valley Violet' has had a rough couple of years. After clearly not liking her first location in the back garden, last spring she was transplanted into the hell strip where she proceeded to languish further, losing yet more branches.
I thought I would lose her last year, but she made it through summer and winter. Time will tell whether I get to enjoy this pretty native from the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden in a happier, healthier mode.
Euphorbia myrsinites?
I've come later in life to an appreciation of Pieris. I used to think they were ubiquitous and boring, but I've begun to enjoy the intense red spring foliage on some, and on others like these P. japonica 'Prelude", their small stature that makes them work well as a front-of-the-bed plant.
It wouldn't be spring without some Primroses, so here's Primula veris 'Sunset Shades'. I love this tiny hit of orange amid all the pinks and whites of spring.

And we'll close out this Bloom Day post with a snowflake-shaped Primrose, P. sieboldii 'Late Snow'.


Check over at Carol's May Dreams Gardens blog for lots more April flowers.
Happy (day after) Bloom Day!