Archive | March, 2014

What’s Blooming- March 25th, 2014

28 Mar

The last two days were sunny and warm, though still cold at night. Today, as expected, turned drizzly and rainy and gloomy. Seems our weather is still locked as much in Winter as Spring, despite the calendar and the flowers coming out. Let’s see if I can get this done while the sun is all too briefly shining!

Anemone blanda
Barbarea orthocerus
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Looking Glass’
Brunnera macrophylla ‘variegata’
Camelia japonica
Cardamine hirsuta
CerStium tomentosum
Chaenomeles x speciosa
Claytonia sibirica
Clematis cirrhosa
Corydalis flexuosa
Corydalis lutea
Dactilorhyza glomerata
Dicentra formosa
Draba verna
Erythronium revolutum
Forsythia x intermedia
(Fuchsia speciosa)
Grevillea victoriae
Helleborus (foetidus)
Helleborus niger
Helleborus x orientalis
Hyacinthus orientalis
Lamium purpureum
Lonicera standishii
Lunaria annua
Mahonia aquifolium
Mahonia beallii
Mahonia nervosa
Miscari armeniacum
Narcissus ‘Dutch Master’
Narcissus ‘Jetfire’
Narcissus Mount Hood’
Narcissus ‘Tete te’
Osmanthus delavayi
Primula acaulis
Primula acaulis ‘Ballerina Cobalt Blue’
Prunus x avium
Ranunculus ficaria
Ribes sanguineum
Ribes sanguineum “Ace of Mercer”
Ribes sanguineum ‘Appleblossom’
Ribes sanguineum ‘Pokey’s Pink’
Ribes sanguineum ‘Pulsborough Scarlet’
Ribes sanguineum ‘Strybing Pink’
Ribes sanguineum ‘variegata’
Rubus spectabilis
Spiraea vanhoutei
Symphytum ‘Bressingham Blue’
Taraxacum offinale
Trillium parviflorum
Trillium ovatum
Vaccinium ovatum
Viola odorata ‘Queen Charlotte’
Vila cornuta

No pics this time, sorry. Maybe next time when I’m not sucking rain, lol

Erythronium revolutum

23 Mar

This is quite possibly one of the most magical, ethereal looking flowers in the garden. Kind of like a cross between a tulip and a turk’s cap lily, the nodding spidery pink flowers float above mottled, tongue like leaves. The mottling is said to look like the mottling on a fawns or trout’s back, leading to common names like trout lily or the more common one for this species, pink fawn lily. An early spring ephemeral, these persnickety little beauties come up early, blooming just after the earliest crocus, and fade quickly, but while they are blooming, on a sunny spring day, it’s hard to imagine anything more sublime… Unless of course it’s a field of them!

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So far I only have the one bulb blooming again, plus another that looks like Erythronium oreganum, and another clump of E. ‘Pagoda’ still hanging on. They will reseed when happy, but so far between slugs and too much shade I haven’t seen any sign of that. Like most lilies, patience is needed for that- It can be 5-10 years from seedling to flower.

Still, I find these magical, and always end up on my “favorite species” list when they are in bloom. If you decide to plant them, watch for slugs, and consider burying the bulbs in a little cage, rodents seem to like eating the bulbs. If you can keep the critters away and give them just the right combination of part sun, winter moist/summer dryish, well drained but fertile soil, you might just have luck with them!

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Hellebores

18 Mar

At the request of a friend, a few hellebores I am currently growing…

Honestly I haven’t focused on these too much. Lovely as they are, they don’t attract much of anything here that I have ever seen, not even flies. Pretty much they are late winter color, that’s it. But they are kind of pretty in a somber kind of way, and blooming when nothing much else is, so they are kinda nice.

So some pics… I swear I didn’t plan this combo, didn’t even know what color the hyacinth was since it wasn’t blooming last year when I planted these together, and who knew the primrose was gonna survive? You get a fifty fifty chance with those things, lol… But it is a nice combo

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This next one is my lone surviving Helleborus niger, the Christmas Rose, though mine never blooms that early. The tall tall stems are Corydalis scouleri, which probably explains why this hasn’t gotten any bigger over the years. The Corydalis covers it up pretty quickly.

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This clump is obviously doing better. Oddly enough, it was planted at about the same time as the above, but this one gets more water in summer. It was supposed to have a nice carpet of the black leafed Ophiopogon here, but that stuff is murderously slow.

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The final Hellebore I have is a seedling that I picked up last year at the Green Elephant Plant Swap (which I missed this year, darn it…) I’m not sure if this is a straight species or a hybrid?

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Pretty amazing flower show for a second year seedling! The little green flowers have a reddish brown band on the lip of the petal, which if I remember is distinctive for one of the species, maybe H foetidus? Need to go look it up, lol. The leaves of this one are nice, darker green and thin leaflets.

I have to admit, these are under the category of Darwinian plantings- pretty much I plant em, and let em do their thing. The best survive, the rest perish. Hence Darwinian, survival of the fittest, gardening, lol. Kinda harsh, but I don’t have enough energy to look after everything!

What’s Blooming- March 18th, 2014

18 Mar

It’s been a rainy drizzly week… Yesterday we had some sun breaks, I was hopeful today might as well but it’s been unrelentingly grey, like most of the winter this year. Spring has its foot in the door, but old man winter is not at all done with us it seems. Thermometer reads 51 outside… So not frigid, but not all that warm either.

Still, we have had enough warmth for some things to start blooming! Great to see some variety in the blooms in the garden again.

Barbarea orthocerus
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Looking Glass’
Brunnera macrophylla ‘variegata’
Camelia japonica

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Cardamine hirsuta
Cerastium tomentosum
Chaenomeles x speciosa

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Claytonia sibirica
Clematis cirrhosa
Corydalis flexuosa

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Draba verna
Forsythia x intermedia
Grevillea victoriae
Helleborus x orientalis
Helleborus niger
Hyacinthus orientalis
Lamium purpureum
Lonicera standishii
Mahonia aquifolium
Mahonia beallii
Mahonia nervosa
Muscari armeniacum

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Narcissus ‘Dutch Master’
Narcissus (Ice Follies)
Narcissus (Jetfire)
Narcissus ‘Tete te’
Oemlerisa cerasiformis
Osmanthus delavayi
Primula acaulis

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Prunus tomentosum
Prunus x avium
Puschkinia libanotica
Ranunculus ficaria
Ribes lobby
Ribes sanguineum
Ribes sanguineum “Ace of Mercer”
Ribes sanguineum ‘Appleblossom’
Ribes sanguineum ‘Pokey’s Pink’
Ribes sanguineum ‘Pulsborough Scarlet’
Ribes sanguineum ‘Strybing Pink’
Ribes sanguineum ‘variegata’
Spiraea vanhoutei
Symphytum ‘Brssingham Blue’
Trillium ovatum
Vaccinium ovatum
Vinca minor ‘variegata’
Viola odorata ‘Queen Charlotte’
Viola sororia
Viola x wittrockiana

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Around the neighborhood, late winter/ early spring flowers

12 Mar

March 12th, a beautiful sunny morning, warmest one yet since yesterday was also sunny and nice, and the plants are responding accordingly…

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Primroses, both those bought this year and from previous years, are some of the brightest spots of color. As are the various early daffodils.

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Across the street the heather is starting to bloom nice

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And the vinca

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They also have this beautiful Daphne odora that smells heavenly

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In the background you can see a few flowers of an old andromeda bush too.

Down the way a bit, one of the early Rhodies is blooming a bit

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These would so better if he didn’t make his Gardner shear them back and trim them so much.

Some nicer andromeda bushes

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And a nice early plum/cherry

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Lots more in the woods with the Indian plum blooming, and buds popping on trillium, salal, salmonberry and other early birds…

Plants purchased March, 2014

12 Mar

On March 9th, I took the time on the way home to stop in at Maclendon’s in Woodinville, and found the following in their marked down area:

Camellia ‘Winter’s Snowman’
Pernettia mucronata ‘rubra’
Huechera ‘Cracked Ice’
Primula acaulis hybrids
Primula ‘Ballerina Cobalt Blue’

March 11th-
Dollar store finds-

Incarvillea
Hemerocallis ‘Stella de’Oro
Gladiolus

March 22nd- Macelndon’s Hardware in Woodinville-

Fuchsia speciosa in bloom! Lol
Hyacinthus orientalis
Fuchsia x ‘Marinka’
Fuchsia x ‘Scintillation’
Huechera sanguinea ‘splendens’

Then at the Home Depot, picked out of the sale/seconds pile-

Narcissus, light yellow perianth and a brighter yellow cup like trumpet, medium sized

What’s Blooming- March 12th, 2014

12 Mar

Weather this morning is gorgeous, sunny and warmish, supposed to get up to 60 degrees this afternoon, but still cool now, though the sun is warm and the birds are singing!

Camelia japonica (neighbor’s double pink)
Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’
Cardamine hirsuta
Cerastium tomentosum
Claytonia sibirica
Clematis cirrhosa
Corydalis solida
Dactilorhyza glomerata
Draba verna
Forsythia (old fashioned type)

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Grevillea victoriae

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Helleborus foetidus
Helleborus niger
Helleborus orientalis
Hyacinthus orientalis
Iris reticulata “dark blue”
Lamium purpureum
Lonicera standishii
Mahonia aquifolium
Mahonia beallii
Mahonia x media
Muscari armeniacum
Narcissus ‘Dutch Master’
Narcissus ‘Tete te’
Narcissus (yellow and white trumpet)
Oemleria cerasiformis
Osmanthus delavai
Primula acaulis
Prunus tomentosa
Prunus x avium

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Puschkinia
Ranunculus ficaria
Ribes lobbii

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Ribes sanguineum ‘Appleblossom’
Ribes sanguineum ‘Pokey’s Pink’
Ribes sanguineum ‘Strybing Pink’
Symphytum ‘Breasingham Blue’

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Trillium ovatum

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Vaccinium ovatum
Viola adunca
Viola cornuta
Viola odorata

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Viola odorata ‘Queen Charlotte’
Viola x witrockiana