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gbbd post-fling post

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

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I’m only part way through the photos from the Portland Fling, so not all of the gardens will be represented here. There were so many jaw-dropping blooms on the tour that I can’t resist featuring a few of them for this month’s Bloom Day. The Clematis pictured above was seen at Joy Creek on the first day out and about.

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Wouldn’t you know that Danger Garden would greet the big event with something seldom seen but not soon forgotten.

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Scott, of Rhone Street Gardens is our go-to guy for grasses, so a visit to his garden presented the challenge of capturing their elusive beauty: something only Scott is actually capable of doing.

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Scott is also partial to lilies. This happens to be high season for lilies, so we were treated to many of them over the weekend.

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Some were gigantic (note the roofline) and heavily scented, as these in the Old Germantown Gardens.

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And these beauties in the Ernst Garden.

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Day lilies were having their day, here again in Old Germantown Gardens.

lavender at Westwind

At the Westwind Farm Studio, the first thing you see is a sprawling field of lavender

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followed by large blocks of color created by mass plantings.

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McMenamin’s Kennedy School is surrounded by deep borders packed with interesting plants. This Phygelius was catching the afternoon light.

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As was a single, pristine Magnolia blossom.

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In the Fuller Garden, a dainty Fuchsia’s quiet presence in the shade drew me in.

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The garden of JJ DeSousa was all about drama and staging. She used a lot of these flaming red begonias to reinforce her color scheme.

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Crocosmias are coming into their own about now. In the Chickadee Gardens, they add a bright note to the front border.

It was fun to take a break from my own garden to wallow in the beauty wrought by others’ efforts. Thanks for coming along. Many thanks to Carol, of May Dreams Gardens for hosting Boom Day each month.

every day is bloom day in june

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

We all klnow what June is like, so I’ll limit myself by showing you only the photos that turned out pretty good. Which means these are not necessarily the best things blooming now, but, well, you know what I mean.

Astilbe

With its fluffy flowers just barely catching the light and leaves standing out against a background of Creeping Charlie, my only Astilbe made the cut.

Lecesteria formosa

A passalong plant, Lecesteria formosa is just beginning to bloom. These will later turn to dangling pagodas of purple fruit. Later still, it will make sure to keep the chain of passalongs fueled with new starts that I will dig up and share.

Rosa rugosa ‘Buffalo Gals’

The fence line is currently smothered in the blossoms of Rosa rugosa ‘Buffalo Gals’.See those buds? This will keep blooming for a long long time.

Geum

 This little Geum, another passalong, is nearly smothered by its neighbors. As you may have guessed by now, I like the look of a single blossom surrounded by foliage.

Lychnis coronaria

I’m trying to add just a few spots of color to the foliage-centric Delusional Drive. Lychnis coronaria does just that, and the silvery foliage picks up the theme established by Stachys ‘Helen Von Styne’. I tolerate Helen’s bloom stalks elsewhere because the bees love them, but here I will cut them off.

white iris

Nearby, the last iris to bloom is this NOID white one.

bleeding heart

It’s brethren long gone, one last little bleeding heart peeks through foliage (its own and that of Anemone ‘Honorine de Jobert’. Much as I like to use Latin names, “they” have changed so many of late that I’m resorting to the old, highly descriptive ‘Bleeding Heart’.

NOID Verbascum

I’ll leave you with a NOID Verbascum and a suggestion that you visit our host Carol of May Dreams Gardens to join in the fun.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, May edition

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Viburnum ???

The tag on this viburnum, which I purchased in the fall for its vibrant red foliage, claimed it was ‘Pink Beauty’ and the photo bore that out. I was pleased as punch when these white snowflake flowers appeared instead, but now I am in the dark about what to call it.

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The deer like it too, They did quite the pruning job before I noticed and sprayed it with my foul smelling spray. They are in for a surprise the next time they visit the salad bar.

Saxifraga geum dentata

I say this a lot, but Saxifraga geum dentata is here purely for the leaf shape. The dusting of fairy wand flowers is welcome, though. Thanks Loree.

Convallaria majalis

Lily-of-the-Valley, Convallaria majalis, multiplies rapidly. In this study in green, I like the way the textures play together: frothy juniper top left, anemone ‘Honorine de Jobert’ top right, with the smooth swords of the Lily-of-the-Valley coming up through a carpet of baby tears. In another year’s time there should be plenty to pick a highly fragrant bouquet and keep the sparse look of flowers as punctuations.

Ajuga ‘Black Scallop’

A welcome touch of blue is added here and there by Ajuga ‘Black Scallop’. I use it extensively because it is a tough and rapidly spreading ground cover. It has even volunteered in our so-called lawn.

red Rhody with Acaena inermis ‘Purpurea’

A no-name red bargain Rhody is finally coming into its own, set off by a carpet of Acaena inermis ‘Purpurea’.

Heleanthemum ‘Henfield Brilliant’

It’s hard to capture the red-orange sparkle of Helianthemum ‘Henfield Brilliant’, but I’m including it anyway because I love it so.

Euphorbia ‘Fire Charm’

More fireworks come from Euphorbia ‘Fire Charm’.

Iris ‘Immortality’

May is iris season. This one is ‘Immortality’.

Iris ‘Beverly Sills’

The blushing Iris is ‘Beverly Sills’, flanked by NOID bronzy numbers and some Penstemon ‘Dark Towers’. I tend to use the fence line as kind of a testing ground for new iris varieties, then introduce them into beds and borders (always thinking about next year).

buttercups

It’s hard to resent buttercups’ invasive ways when they so cheerfully dot the grass between mowings. This from one who spent two whole days fighting back their onslaught into borders with no end in sight. If gardening is the slowest art form, this might have something to do with it. May is exploding with colorful blossoms, but I will quit here and send you on over to May Dreams Gardens for more…much more.

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.

hellebore

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.

Forsythia

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

huckleberry

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.

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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.

zinnias

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?

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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.

Cyclamen

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.

Primrose

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.

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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.

Liriope

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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

Brodiaea

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 Geum

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.