Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - August 2017

Though I'm a day late, the month has rolled around to Bloom Day, the day on which we celebrate and document the flowers in our garden. It's a lot less floriferous in my garden this month, but I do have a few to share with you.

First up, Lagerstroemia 'Natchez", my white crape myrtle, is in full splendor. It just gets better every year.

I am infatuated with this genus and have been scheming on ways to add more of them to my gardens.

In the front garden, where I lost a big Ceanothus 'Victoria', I have some temporary perennial plantings around the new, small Ceanothus.  Here is Silene dioica 'Ray's Golden', appropriately from Amy Campion.

Geranium sidoides is hanging out with the young Ceanothus, too.

As is Agastache 'Apricot Sprite'.
And Agastache 'Coronado Red' (looking a little summer-weary now.)

In that same bed, Crocosmia 'Corona' is blooming its last few flowers. The hot spell we had two weeks ago shortened all the summer bloom times this year.

Echinops ritro is also on its last blooms. I have enjoyed this plant along with several Crocosmia cultivars this past month.

The crowning glory of this bed is Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy'. I don't know why I have such good luck with this cultivar, but I never water them and they thrive. That's my kind of plant!

Across from the Eucomis is Daphne 'Eternal Fragrance', still blooming up a storm.
It's hard to photograph, but I must include Hesperaloe parviflora, blooming in the south hell strip. It took years to rev up, but now it blooms reliably every summer for months.
Before we go east again, take a look at Rosa 'Sally Holmes'. She has recovered from her unfortunate accident earlier this year and rebounded with lots of bloom trusses.
Heading back inside the gate, we have Trachelospermum jasminoides, still fragrant with a number of flowers.

It's time for the late-season Kniphofia. This beauty is Kniphofia 'Percy's Pride', from Ricki.

And this is a trial Kniphofia from Ann, whose tag I have managed to mislay. I can see it would like more sun than it gets in this increasingly shady bed.

Eryngium 'Neptune's Gold' has the best bright yellow-gold foliage early in the season. Its flowers are not spectacular and have dried out in the center, but I like its strong veining.

This late-season Crocosmia goes by several cultivar names, including 'Citron', 'Citronella' and 'Golden Fleece'.

NOID Caryopteris is another beautiful color for late summer.

In the Northwest Territory things are pretty quiet, except for Erigeron glaucus.

This isn't a flower, but I'm loving the bud-like white shoots just beginning to show on Pinus thunbergiana 'Thunderhead'. They look floral to me.

Last on the scene is a sweet jar of Dahlias with one gorgeous russet Sunflower brought by our son from his garden this past weekend. It's delightful to to be gifted with flowers I love but don't grow for myself!
Bloom Day is sponsored each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Check out other blooms from all over creation there.

Happy (belated) Bloom Day!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - July 2017

It's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, the monthly opportunity to record what's blooming in our gardens and share it with the blogging world. Although I've attended four Garden Bloggers Flings, I have yet to meet our generous Bloom Day host, Carol, but since I've been posting for Bloom Day since May of 2009, I have over eight years of flower records I can look back on thanks to her meme.

This month, I'm trying something different by focusing on just a few colors. Join me as I celebrate the red and orange fiesta blooming in my garden right now.

My neighbor's Campsis radicans is a show unto itself. I love that she's willing to grow, prune and maintain this vision of orange - I get to enjoy it every day with none of the work! It's easy to see why hummingbirds love this vine and it is covered with bees, too.

I love the peachy-orange color of Kniphofia 'Timothy', and so does our resident hummingbird.

This might be Crocosmia 'Corona' but I think it's a different, unknown cultivar. Who needs a name when you're this striking?

Abutilon megapotamicum had a tough winter and is only now beginning to bloom.
Callistemon 'Woodlander's Hardy Red'.

Penstemmon pinifolius, loving summer like I do.

Sphearalcea 'Newleaze Coral' was killed to the ground over winter, but has rebounded to put on new growth and flowers again.

Agastache 'Coronado Red'. I can see the A. rupestris heritage in this cultivar.

Hesperaloe parviflora. Okay it's kind of pink but it definitely counts in my book.

And last, the little, cool flowers of Pelargonium sidoides. Yes, they ARE red (if you add a lot of blue.)

Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol of May Dreams Gardens. Check out her post and those of other bloggers via this link.

Happy Bloom Day!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - June 2017

It's Bloom Day, the 15th of the month already, and time to record the flowers blooming at Longview Ranch. After a very wet and cold spring we had a short period of sun and heat, but now we're back to cool, cloudy, very typical Northwest June weather.

So, starting in the Northwest Territory, we have the first flowers of Erigeron glaucus. They don't like hot sun, but they will respond to the warmth of summer with lots more blooms later on.

A native Penstemon.

Sidalcea oregana, Oregon Mallow.

Lewisia columbianum var rupicola has been blooming for months.

A pretty native that belongs in the Northwest Territory but ended up in the MulchMaid's garden, Lilium columbianum.

Trachelospermun jasminoides is just beginning to bloom. It wants more heat as much as I do.

The NOID Olea is covered with flowers. Are olives in my future this year?

Callistemon viridfloris is almost over, but here's one last bottlebrush flower.

I haven't always been able to smell Daphne x transatlantica 'Eternal Fragrance' so well, but right now it's strong and delightful.

I took this picture before the Mulch Man had to cut Rosa 'Sally Holmes' back after she ripped her tie-ups and fell over while we were away. We don't know what did it, but there were reports of high wind gusts and heavy rain. I'll miss her lovely flush of bloom against our chimney.

Eremuris are looking happy all over Portland this spring, and my three are getting in on the act.

Sisyrinchium striatum appreciated the spring rains.

Solidago 'Lemon Baby' is blooming in appreciation of the increased light following the Ceanothus removal.

Halimium ocymoides

Eryngium x zabelii 'Neptune's Gold' has lovely golden-green foliage, but the bracts are fairly green.

I'll leave you with a simple but satisfying color combo. Who could resist this bright duo of Lavender and California poppy?

Scoot over to May Dreams Gardens to check out more blooms from bloggers all over the place.

Happy Bloom Day!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Don't miss the 13th annual Designers Garden Tour!

The 2017 Association of Northwest Landscape Designers (ANLD) Designers Garden Tour will take place on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 10am - 4pm.  I was fortunate to pre-tour the event and, as always, the gardens are full of inspiration and beauty. Garden designers solve a multitude of problems and they do it with style and verve, so the tour is a showcase of their ability and creativity. Here are a few themes that emerged for me and reasons I think you'll enjoy attending.

Edibles can be integrated into any ornamental garden, and look great in the landscape.

From the simple to the sublime, art has a place in every garden.

Art can be functional, too.

An artful mosaic patio can provide seating - another thing any garden needs.

Seating areas invite you to settle down for a while.

From small to huge, rocks add interest, solve problems, create walls, and provide seating.

But the heart and soul of any garden are the plants, and you'll enjoy seeing how landscape designers use them flawlessly.

The tour is self-guided and this year's seven gardens are on the west side of Portland. As in past years, proceeds benefit the ANLD scholarship fund.

For more information on the tour or to purchase tickets, phone 503-683-3003, or go to
I hope you enjoy the tour as much as I did!