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Belated Bloom Day

Monday, March 17th, 2014

viola odorata, purple

Running late, because Wordpress was protecting me from unknown threats. That’s OK because it freed up my weekend to get out there and start weeding. I have several patches of these wonderfully fragrant violets.

white violets

The purple ones are on purpose, but white ones, equally fragrant, carpet several areas of their own accord. They make sweet little bouquets to bring that heavenly scent indoors.

Narcissus ‘Tete a tete’

The first daffys to put in an appearance are the diminutive ‘Tete a tete’.

pussy willows

I’m cheating here, because they have already gone over and are covered in pollen (achoo), but I was thrilled to have a few pussy willows for the first time this year.

hazel catkins

Another sneeze producer, the catkins of hazel and alder create a scrim at the edge of our property.

snow drops

The snow drops have been going strong for a couple of months, but still sport a few photogenic blooms.


I don’t share the widespread enthusiasm for Hellebores, but they are said to work well as an underplanting with Rhodys so I guess I’ll try it.


Most of what is blooming now is at ground level. Forsythia is an exception.


You have to look closely to even see the diminutive blossoms on the native huckleberry. I have high hopes that they will result in berries. Dare I hope for enough for a pie? May Dreams Gardens is the place to catch up on what’s blooming in others’ gardens.

Jan. bloom day’s intrepid few

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Hamemelis ‘Diane’

I love the deep red color of Hamemelis ‘Diane’, but after seeing other posts where the petals are much longer, with that torn paper look, I’m a little disappointed with her. Sorry, Diane. You will not be replaced, but you may need to share space with a showier, more fragrant cousin: perhaps ‘Early Bright’, as featured in Danger Garden’s bloom day post. Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’

Enjoying safe harbor in a pot on the porch, Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’ surprised me with these early blossoms while I wait for the real show to begin. The new foliage comes on with fiery orange energy.

Miscanthus ‘Grazillia’

The foliage is brown and tattered, but the feathery blooms of the Miscanthus ‘Grazillia’ continue to catch the light and wave in the breeze. winter jasmine

Winter jasmine is just getting started but the star of this show is the post bedecked with moss and lichen. Also in bloom but not especially photogenic are snowdrops and primroses (the prim girls make up for their shyness by blooming pretty much year-round). Some parts of the world are enjoying more abundance. You can tap into that resource by visiting May Dreams Gardens. Have fun!

Bloom Day Delayed

Monday, November 18th, 2013

A few stragglers remain out there, but nothing much worth sharing.

cymbidium orchid

Move inside and it’s a different story. A friend visited the other day and brought me this spectacular Cymbidium orchid.

cymbidium close-up

A little closer view shows the red markings in the throat of each blossom…and Look! there’s another stalk in bud and yet another just poking out at the bottom of the plant. So…months of beauty ahead.


Speaking of long-lasting: These zinnias were brought in on Nov. 28 and are only now beginning to fade.

Aloe ‘Carmine’

Doing its biannual blooming routine is Aloe ‘Carmine’.

Kniphofia multiflora

All is not doom and gloom outside. I finally get to see what the bloom on Kniphofia multiflora looks like. Isn’t it impressive?

Kniphofia multiflora close-up

Like other knifs, it begins at the bottom and blooms upward, but the individual blossoms are tight to the stalk, giving it the look of an ombred wand.


The good old one-stop shopping center had lots of mums and kale, but also many lush looking cyclamen at bargain prices. I couldn’t resist refreshing a few porch pots.

kale in red pot

Just to prove I wasn’t really being snide about the kale (I’m sure mums have their place too) I bought one to put in a red pot (I know, it looks orange here…and the kale is much purpler). That’s it for November. More will be found at May Dreams Gardens.

the last act?

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Verbena bonariensis

A few things, like Verbena bonariensis, hang on tenaciously. I keep cutting back spent stalks to prevent being overrun by seedlings in the spring, but new flowering stems quickly replace them.


Primroses bloom, off and on, year-round. The taller stems on this and the next, from Linda, keep the blossoms from getting tattered and waterlogged.


Fragraria ‘Lipstick’

I would never wear ‘Lipstick’ this color, but it looks good on the ground cover Fragraria.

Prunella vulgaris

The greensward that surrounds our house is a sorry excuse for a lawn, but large sections of it are being overtaken by natives such as this Prunella vulgaris. More power to it, say I.

Panicum ‘Heavy Metal’

Some of the grasses have been flowering for a long time, but Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’ is just coming on. It looks a bit more like its name earlier on, when the leaves are a steely deep blue, but the sparkly effect of the flower heads is not to be missed.

Panicum ‘Shenandoah’

Panicum ‘Shenandoah’ especially benefits from the dark background of the evergreens when the light hits it.

Panicum virgatum ‘Rotestrahlbusch’

I may be mistaken in my ID of this grass as Panicum virgatum ‘Rotestrahlbusch’, but whatever its name, the way the foliage catches the light rivals the flowers. Corrections in nomenclature welcomed (Scott says it is a Miscanthus)

Kniphofia multiflora

Once again, the Kniphofia multiflora is racing against the weather to bring forth a flowering stalk. I quite like it at this stage, so whatever happens from here on out is OK with me.

While some gardens are dwindling, somewhere in the world they are just coming on: reason enough to follow Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.

september bloom day

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Nicotiana langsdorfii

Unusual annuals grown from seed come on strong late in the season. Nicotiana langsdorfii is one of my favorites. Anna, this would be a good one in your garden of green flowers.

Leonotis nepetifolia

Another is Leonotis nepetifolia, and you can just see a few bright Cosmos ‘Budda’s Hand’ peeking through towards the top of the photo.

Nicotiana sylvestris

Statuesque Nicotiana sylvestris volunteered in the tomato patch. It has a lovely fragrance late in the day. I’d like it to show up in more opportune locations, but I’ll take it wherever it chooses to flourish.

Dahlia ‘Akita’

I admire Dahlias worked into borders, but I put mine in more of a cutting garden setting. This one is ‘Akita’. I picked it up from Jockey Hill Nursery at the Scappoose Farmers’ Market. This Saturday will be the last market of the season, 10am-2pm. If you happen to be heading for the coast on Hwy 30 it’s a fun stop.

Dahlia ‘Alfred Grille’

Dahlias make terrific cut flowers. This one is ‘Alfred Grille’, with the berries of Hypericon ‘Albury Purple’ and some crape myrtle foliage.

Allium  senescens ‘Glaucum’

Most Alliums bloom in the spring, but the unassuming puffs of A. senescens ‘Glaucum’ are late arrivals.

Solidago ‘Fireworks’

Solidago ‘Fireworks’ earns its name and does its bit to keep those bees busy.

Solidago ‘Fireworks’

I have these fireworks going off in several locations and they are none too picky about conditions.

Hibiscus m. ‘Plum Crazy’

This is the last bloom on Hibiscus m. ‘Plum Crazy’. It’s been doing its thing since just after the last Bloom Day.


I’ve been seeing Liriope used in mass plantings lately and like its grassy presence. The little flower spikes are a nice bonus.

Sedum ‘Stardust’

Most of the erect sedums are coming into flower. This one is ‘Stardust’.

Acanthus sennii

Blooming for the second time, Acanthus sennii produces uncharacteristic, bright red blooms.

Acanthus sennii

If you look carefully, you can see the brown remains of the earlier flowering stalk below the new bloom. It shows how much growth this plant has experienced. I guess it’s happy (and so am I).

Phygelius ‘Moonraker’

Phygelius ‘Moonraker’ is shrubbier than others of its kind, and has a very long bloom cycle. I will bring at least one of these to the swap.

Kniphofia ‘Percy’s Pride’

Another rebloomer is Kniphofia ‘Percy’s Pride’. I think the secret is cutting off the spent flowers.

Helianthus maximilianii

Helianthus maximilianii is not as tall as it was last year, but it is multiplying nicely and it stands up to rainstorms without staking.

Persicaria ‘Lance Corporal’

This is where Scott’s photography skills would come in handy. Persicaria ‘Lance Corporal’ produces delicate wands of tiny, bright red flowers. When they catch the light the effect is magical, but I guess you will just have to take my word for it.

From here on out, the hunt for something to post on Bloom Day, sponsored by May Dreams Gardens will get tougher, but we will soldier on…we are gardeners and we’re proud.

a very RED gbbd

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Rosa ‘Dortmund’

I’m loving the reds and oranges that are emerging now. I’m not big on roses, but ‘Dortman’ fires up the fence line.

more Rosa ‘Dortmund’

In fact, she is so bright that she almost burns out the photo when photographed from a distance.

Alchemilla ‘Pretty Woman’ & Phygelius ‘Devil’s Tears’

Alchemilla ‘Pretty Woman’ blooms in shades from light orange through deep red (seen here), with Phygelius ‘Devils Tears’ peeking through from behind.

Alchemilla ‘Pretty Woman’

More of ‘Pretty Woman’ peeking coyly through the foliage of Leonotis nepetifolia with Agastache ‘Rainbow Sorbet’ looking over her shoulder. You can see what a difference lighting makes by comparing this photo to the last one.

Flanders poppy

The Flanders poppies are still flopping, but not as badly as that bed fills in with more plants to prop them up. I let them go to seed, producing a few more each year.

Salvia ‘Hot Lips’

Looking more pink than red, especially with the orangey parts of ‘Pretty Woman’ showing in the background, Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ may need to be relocated.

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

Here’s another example of the light playing tricks on the photographer: Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ looking quite orange in this light…

More Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

while here ‘Lucifer’ shows his true color…RED!

Lots of garden bloggers will be showing their true colors today. Check them out at May Dreams Gardens.

it’s bustin out all over

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Fuchsia ‘Golden Gate’

June, that is. Forgive the corny intro, but that tune has been rattling around in my head. I’m especially fond of the part where “the young Virginia creepers are a-huggin’ the bejeepers out of every morning glory on the fence”. I wait all year for the Eremurus ‘Cleopatra’ (above) to put in an appearance. They will be followed by the slightly less dramatic Sheffield’s.


I planted some Brodiaea bulbs a long time ago and forgot about them. Last year I had one flower, this year there were two…nice surprise.

Cistus ‘Blanche’

Cistus ‘Blanche’

Acanthus spinosus

Acanthus spinosus

white Armeria

A sweet little white Armeria managed to stake out some territory amidst the marauding foxgloves and Ajuga.

Buddleja globosa

Buddleja globosa.

Carpenteria californica ‘Elizabeth’

Carpenteria californica ‘Elizabeth’…heavenly scent

Rosa ‘Dortmund’

Rosa ‘Dortmund’

Fuchsia ‘Golden Gate’

Fuchsia ‘Golden Gate’

Euphorbia ‘Fire Charm’

‘Fire Charm’


NOID orange Geum: passalong plants are like that. I think I’ll just call this one ‘Hilda’.

Hypericum inodorum ‘Albury Purple’

Purchased for foliage color and late season berries, the little orange flowers on Hypericum inodorum ‘Albury Purple’ are a pleasant surprise.

Phlomus russeliana

One of my all-time favorites: Phlomus russeliana is in full flowering mode.

Phygelius ‘Moonraker’

Phygelius ‘Moonraker’

Rhus vulgaris

Rhus vulgaris

Sisyrinchium striatum

Sisyrinchium striatum

And that’s my flower show for mid-June. I’m late in posting, but it is never too late to check in with Carol to see what others are seeing on Bloom Day.

Bloom Day challenge

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

The challenge in May is one of editing. You know what I mean: the garden is bursting with bloom. I’ll try to show you new things or especially photogenic things, so as not to bore you with a post that goes on and on…and on.

Tulipa ‘Orange Favorite’

The last of my tulips to bloom is the dramatic ‘Orange Favorite’. When Linda came to the bloggers’ plant swap at my place last fall, she brought me two heirloom tulip bulbs. No way could I have anticipated how much pleasure would be derived from a pair of homely orbs. Thanks again, Linda.

Cornus canadensis

A woodland ground cover planted for its foliage, Cornus canadensis is filling in and blooming (sparsely) for the first time. I like the way the pristine white flowers echo the shape of the leaves.

gifted Aguilegia

The subtle coloration of a columbine that came to me as a gift almost looks like it was airbrushed on, shading from pale yellow to light orange. I was weeding out the buttercups that keep trying to invade the woodland (I thought they were sun-lovers), only to discover that they were propping up this plant.

Aguilegia ‘Swallowtail’

So I left a few around nearby Aguilegia ‘Swallowtail’. The long spurs on this columbine make it special. It was introduced by High Country Gardens, and is the one success story of my mail order dealings with them.

Cranesbill ‘Philippe Vapelle’

I don’t think I have ever noticed the flowers on Cranesbill ‘Philippe Vapelle’. They are dainty, charming and echo the color of surrounding sedums. Too bad for them they are upstaged by the shape and texture of their foliage.

Convallaria majalis

White, scented bells peek through the lush foliage of Convallaria majalis. By next year I should have enough blooming stems to bring inside to perfume the air…and keep the ratio of blooms to leaves about where you see it here.

Enkianthus campanulatus var sikokeanus

Happy to be liberated from life in a pot, Enkianthus campanulatus var sikokeanus didn’t even suffer from transplant shock. Guess it feels the love.

tree peony ‘Chinese Dragon’

Queen for a Day (well, more like a week, but still a brief but glorious run) the tree peony ‘Chinese Dragon’ bears repeating. I lengthen her reign by cutting tight buds to force indoors, and keep cutting single blooms to enjoy as long as possible.

Those are the stars of this SRO show. But wait! There’s more! Just click HERE to see where Carol, our gracious host, will lead you.

let the show begin

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Clematis armandii

I happen to be fond of white flowers, so there are lots of them in my garden. Perhaps the showiest is the Clematis armandii when it engulfs the front deck.

Anemone blanda ‘Alba’

Just about the time snowdrops stop blooming, up pop the windflowers, Anemone blanda ‘Alba’.

Rhododendron ‘Janet’

As ‘Janet’ reaches full bloom, she loses her early blush to become pure white.

pear trees

Pears, cherries and plums are blooming now.

wild strawberries

I only just discovered that there are wild strawberries blooming under the front cedars.


Fragrant little Narcissus ‘Thalia’ is one of the last of the daffys to bloom.

‘Thalia’ stem

I love this little bud vase, because I can bring a stem or two into the house to enjoy without seriously impacting the outdoor show.


Trilliums transplanted from our woods are finally settling in.


I understand why people with smaller gardens complain about these two vigorous spreaders (scilla and forget-me-not), but here they are welcome. They cover up all traces of the dying foliage of the tete a tete daffodils.

Haworthia and veronica

Not everything is white around here. The tiniest of the daffys is pale yellow ‘Haworthia’, here surrounded by Veronica peduncularis ‘Georgia Blue’.

Tulipa ‘Fire Queen’

Tulipa ‘Fire Queen’ comes along just as ‘Shakespeare’ finishes.

Fritillaria meleagris

A favorite of mine is Fritillaria meleagris.

Ceanothus ‘Blue Jeans’

Ceanothus ‘Blue Jeans’ is just getting going, soon to result in clouds of blue.

Fragraria ‘Lipstick’

Fragraria ‘Lipstick’ quickly spreads to form a ground cover dotted with bright pink blossoms.

Dicentra spectbilis

Then there are the romantic, old-fashioned standbys like Dicentra spectabilis


and lilacs. One whiff and I’m a child again, romping in my gram’s unkempt yard. I’ll draw the line here, even though I could go on and on. It is April, after all. For more, visit our gracious hostess, Carol, at May Dreams Gardens.

March blooms

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Mahonia ‘Arthur Menzies’

At last! A few of the blooms reached their peak on Mahonia ‘Arthur Menzies’, albeit only the few that were hidden away and protected by foliage. The big, showy one on the top of the plant fell victim to freezing weather, as in seasons past.


The first few Forsythia flowers have opened, with many to follow soon. I like it best right now, though the full display is admittedly more dramatic.

Stachyrus praecox

Spring is such a yellow season. The Tete a Tete daffys are the first of the Narcissi to bloom. There they are, off to the side. I’m partial to the paler, creamier yellow of the dangling blossoms sparsly adorning the bare branches of Stachyrus praecox. Tiny matching butterflies hover around them, then disappear as the flowers fade.

Euphorbia wulfenii

The greenish yellow of Euphorbia wulfenii is in that early stage where it looks like the large congregation is bowing its heads in prayer.

Muscari latifolium

Not all is yellow. I planted lots of Muscari latifolia scattered about, hoping that they would multiply, as advertised. So far, no colonizing tendencies, but I do love that little dot of blue peeking through the tapestry of ground covers.

Tulipa kaufmania ‘Shakespeare’

These, however, are increasing at a satisfying rate. The first of the Tulipa kaufmania ‘Shakespeare’ will soon be joined by dozens more. Cloudy days leave them closed up like this, but all it takes is a few stray rays of sunshine for them to open fully and show their hidden beauty.

common violets

A fragrant ground cover of common violets has the sense to bloom early, when there is little competition. A few stems in a tiny vase can scent an entire room.

pretty blue weed

People always seem to be seeking blue flowers, so I leave this rampant weed to flower wherever it will not out-compete things I’m trying to baby along. Anyone know what it’s called?

Chaenomeles japonica

I’ve never been fond of the screaming salmon color of the quince we have, but if I cut a few branches just when the buds are beginning to swell, they bloom indoors in lovely pale, blushing shades.

Kalanchloe fedtschenkoi

And I love the pale orange sherbet shade of the Kalanchloi fedtschenkoi, which just illustrates how quirky and opinionated one’s color sense can be, with the fine line between “screaming salmon” and “pale orange sherbet”. Speaking of which, a new (to me) blogger, Anna Kullgren, has an entertaining essay on the subject, poking fun at Pantone’s color of the year.

Kalanchloe close-up