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bloom day in a vase on monday

Monday, December 15th, 2014

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I set out expecting to fill a vase with evergreens, but was surprised to find Viburnum tinus ‘Robustum’ sporting buds and even a random opened blossom or three.

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Often, I will go on a foraging expedition and let the materials I find dictate the container. This time I had this little glass pitcher in mind all along. It prompted me to cut just a few short stems.

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The intention was to feature the stiff bristly cuttings of Thunderhead pine, but the surprise Viburnum, with its waxy leaves, changed all that. Two sprigs became the focus, with the pine taking a supporting role. One cutting of cedar provides an additional texture and a horizontal element.

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When working with a vase like this, I like to consider the stems as much as what happens topside. Here, the part of the cedar cutting below the water line is an important element. Before you hop over to Rambling in the Garden to see what Cathy and friends have found to put in their vases, let me show you a few more things for Bloom Day, sponsored by Carol.

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Tis the Season, after all, so I indulged in this poinsettia found at the one-stop shopping center. Poinsettias have a habit of hanging around for a very long time, so I’m thinking this peachy colored one will feel less like leftovers as yuletide segues into springtime. R simply can NOT say goodbye to any plant that still has a breath of life in it.

Panicum ;Heavy Metal'

Panicum ‘Heavy Metal’ is another contender for the gold medal for endurance. The way the droplets of rain collect on its fading inflorescences gives it a holiday costume.

Ribes

Let’s not forget the blooms of the future. It almost seems like the new buds on the Ribes pushed the leaves out of the way so they could get started.

Forsythia

Same story with the Forsythia. As soon as all the holiday hubbub is over, branches of these early spring bloomers will be cut and forced into bloom indoors. We’re such an impatient lot, aren’t we?

gbbd: blooms? what blooms?

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

mahonia 'Arthur Menzies'

Right on schedule, the Arctic blast came along to foil the plans of Mahonia ‘Arthur Menzies’ to bloom.

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Do you think mittens (well, actually sox) can protect them enough to enable the showy display they had in mind?

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I would pout if I were thwarted year after year, but Arthur continues to thrive. I wish I were that even-tempered.

Miscanthus 'Morning Light'

Many of the grasses have been decimated by high winds, but Miscanthus ‘Morning Light’ is blooming to beat the band.

Panicum 'Heavy Metal'

And Panicum ‘Heavy Metal’ shows off against what remains of the red foliage and stems of Euphorbia ‘Fire Charm’

Euonymous europaens

This is a first for me, and more exciting than this lonely little thing would seem to merit. After a number of years, the Euonymous europaens has finally deigned to produce a single flower (fruit?). Can this be a harbinger of greater things to come?

Rosa rugosa 'Buffalo Gals'

And in the realm of firsts: this big fat hip on Rosa rugosa ‘Buffalo Gals’ put in an appearance.

cyclamen

Moving indoors, the Cyclamen that bloomed all summer outside hasn’t missed a beat. It gets interesting when the weather turns and blooms are further and farther between. Why not check out May Dreams Gardens to see what others were able to come up with?

October Bloom Day: winding down

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

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The days of bountiful bloom are past, but looking around with blooms in mind, a surprising number caught my eye. Nicotiana sylvestris fell prey to nibbling deer as it was just getting ready to bloom. I was irked, but the plant reacted by branching out and producing more flowers. Now it scents the evening air with its pristine white, dangling blossoms. I will let this go to seed in hopes of volunteers next year.

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One of my favorite late season bloomers is Anemone ‘Honorine de Jobert’. Known for its aggressive ways, I am more than happy to see it increasing in number year by year. As the petals fall, they leave behind amusing balls at the top of long stems.

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Staying with whites for a while, here’s another one considered invasive by some but welcome here: Queen Anne’s Lace, or Daucus carrota.

Aster 'Monte Casino White'

Aster ‘Monte Casino White’

I had an Aster that looked just like this for many years until it got shaded out. I was happy to find Aster ‘Monte Casino White’ recently at Joy Creek. It was even on sale.

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Seven Sons, so called because each flowering stem has one central floret surrounded by six more, still has flowers coming on (happy bees) while older blooms are starting to leave behind the rusty colored calyxes this tree is known for.

Coreopsis 'Cruizin' Broad Street'

This pretty little Coreopsis ‘Cruizin’ Broad St’ from Jockey Hill came with some new information: shear after the first flush of bloom and it will look like this later on. I will apply this principle to ‘Moonbeam’ next year. It has been putting out the occasional flower amidst a lot of developing seedheads.

Asclepias 'Red'

This pretty ‘Red’ milkweed may not be hardy but it is producing seed. I definitely want more of this.

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All of the surviving Dahlias will continue to flower until the first hard frost.

Persicaria 'Lance Corporal'

The tiny little red flowers dotting the wand-like stems of Persicaria ‘Lance Corporal’ are hard to photograph, but when they catch the light just right it is a magical scene.

liriope
Liriope is here for its grassy presence edging borders but late in the season these shy lavender flowers are a nice bonus.

Chasmanthium latifolium

Are these considered flowers? Whatever they are, the grassy leaves of Chasmanthium latifolium take on new life crowned with these oat-like whatevers.

Carpinus japonica

The flowers on the Hornbeam, Carpinus japonica, look like hops.

Hydrangea 'Limelight'

All of the Hydrangea blossoms are fading to the dusky colors that make them look like tintypes. This one is ‘Limelight’.

Rosa 'Dortmund'

At the same time that Rosa ‘Dortmund’ is concentrating on her hips, she can’t resist throwing out a last flower (the last rose of summer?). A few other lingering blooms are scattered about, but here I’ll pass you on to May Dreams Gardens to check out the world’s garden doings.

august bloom day

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Romneya coulterii

August is a floriferous month around here, so I’ll get right to it with Romneya coulterii for starters.

Acanthus spinosa

Acanthus spinosa is past its prime, but holds on for a long, long time.

Acanthus mollis

Acanthus mollis comes on later, with a taller, slenderer, whiter blossom.

Crocosmia ‘Golden Fleece’

Crocosmia ‘Golden Fleece’

Crocosmia pottsii ‘Culaean Pink’

Crocosmia pottsii ‘Culzean Pink’

Dicliptera suberecta

Dicliptera suberecta, a recent purchase from Xera.

Mimulus ‘Robin’

From Dancing Oaks at the Fling, comes Mimulus ‘Robin’.

Campsis x tagliabuena ‘Madame Galen’

Finally beginning to make its presence known along the fence line is Campsis x tagliabuena ‘Madame Galen’. That’s Joe Pye Weed in the background.

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Here’s Madame, posing for a close-up.

Lysimachia clethroides

I have big patches of Gooseneck Loosestrife, or Lysimachia clethroides. It always makes me smile.The big leaf in the foreground is Acanthus mollis.

Anemone ‘Honorine de Jobert’

I love Anemone ‘Honorine de Jobert’, so I don’t mind that she wants to take over the world. honor0161.jpg

See why I like her?

Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon is beyond the reach of any hose, but seems to mind not at all.

Stachys ‘Helen Von Stein’

Strictly for the bees, who adore Stachys ‘Helen Von Styne’ .

Platycodon and Hydrangea ‘Preziosa’

Balloon flowers earn their common name with the swelling buds (cute, no?). They share a front bed with Hydrangea ‘Preziosa’.

Hydrangea ‘Limelight’

That same front bed is dominated by Hydrangea ‘Limelight’, which grew much larger than I had anticipated.

‘Casa Blanca’ Oriental lily

The very last ‘Casa Blanca’ Oriental lily hung around just long enough to make it into Bloom Day.

Solidago ‘Fireworks’

At the other end of the spectrum, I’m squeezing in Solidago ‘Fireworks’ even though it is still in tight bud. I’m guessing it will be all bloomed out by September 15. Besides, I like it best at this stage.

You know the drill: Carol at May Dreams Gardens will welcome you, as always. My link doesn’t seem to be working, but go to:
maydreamsgardens.com to join the fun.

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.

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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.