Archive | April, 2014

What’s Blooming, April 29th, 2014

30 Apr

Beautiful warm day, promise of summer to come. May get hot tomorrow, today was perfect.

Acer circinatum
Acer macrophyllum
Anemone coronaria ‘Harmony’
Anemone nemerosa ‘Vestal’
Asarum caudatum

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Barbarea orthocerus
Brassica oleracea
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Looking Glass’
Brunnera macrophylla ‘variegata’
Camassia leichtlinii
Camassia quamash
Cardamine hirsuta
Cerastium tomentosum
Chaenomeles x speciosa
Choisya ternata
Claytonia sibirica
Clematis Montana ‘Rubens’

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Corydalis lutea
Corydalis scouleri
Crataegus sucksdorfii
Delphinium nuttalii
Delphinium trollifolium
Dicentra formosa
Draba verna
Fragaria vesca
Geranium phaeum
Geranium robertianum
Geum macrophyllum
Grevillea victoriae
Huechera (Green Elephant)
Hyacinthus hispanica
Iris douglasiana (Judith’s)

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Iris japonica ‘Ledger’s Variety’
Kerria japonica ‘variegata’
Lamiastrum galeobdonicum
Lamium purpureum
Laurus nobilis ‘angustifolia’
Lonicera involucrata
Lunaria annua
Mahonia nervosa
Magnolia (dwarf pink tulip tree)
Malus domestica
Meconopsis cambrica

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Mimulus guttatus
Myosotis sylvatica
Myrrhus odorata
Oxalis oregana
Polygonatum multiflorum
Primula acaulis
Primula ‘Ballerina Cobalt Blue’
Ranunculus ficaria
Rhododendron (red)
Rhododendron (fragrant pink)

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Rhododendron (wild type)
Ribes sanguineum ‘Appleblossom’
Ribes sanguineum ‘variegata’
Rubus spectabilis
Rubus ursinus
Airbus aucuparia
Symphytum ‘Breasingham Blue’
Taraxacum officinale
Tellima grandiflora
Trillium ovatum
Tolmeia menziesii
Tulipa hybrid

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Vaccinium angustifolium ‘Brunswick’
Vaccinium ovatum
Vaccinium ‘Pink Lemonaid’
Veronica officinalis
Viccia hirsuta
Vinca minor ‘variegata’
Viola adunca
Viola cornuta
Viola cucullata ‘Priceana’

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Viola labradorica
Viola x wallichiana

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What’s Blooming, April 22nd, 2014

22 Apr

Blustery, typically schizophrenic weather today. If you don’t like it, wait five minutes! Sun breaks, rain squals, blustery windy breezes, little bit of everything. It’s warm when the sun is shining, cool in the shade, and the wind has a cool bite that reminds we are barely out of winter still.

Acer circinatum
Acer macrophyllum
Anemone blanda
Anemone nermerosa ‘vestal’
Asarum caudatum
Barbarea orthocerus
Brassica oleracea
Camassia quamash
Camellia japonica ‘Kumasaka’
Camellia japonica (striped pink)
Cardamine hirsuta
Cerastium tomentosum
Chaenomeles x speciosa
Choisya ternata
Claytonia sibirica
Clematis Montana ‘Rubens’
Crataegus sucksdorfii
Dactilorhyza glomerata
Delphinium trollifolium
Dicentra formosa
Fragaria vesca
Geranium robertianum
Grevillea victoriae
Helleborus orientalis
Huechera x (Green Elephant Plant Swap)
Hyacinthus hispanicus
Iris japonica ‘Ledger’s Variety’
Kerria japonica ‘variegata’
Lamiastrum galeobdonicum
Lamium purpureum
Laurie nobilis ‘angustifolia’
Lunaria annua
Lunaria annua alba
Malus domestica
Magnolia (dwarf pink tulip tree)
Mahonia aquifolium
Mahonia nervosa
Myosotis sylvatica
Myrrhus odorata
Muscari armeniacum
Ranunculus ficaria
Rhododendron (fragrant light pink)
Ribes sanguineum
Ribes sanguineum ‘Ace of Mercer”
Ribes sanguineum ‘Appleblossom’
Ribes sanguineum ‘Pokey’s Pink’
Ribes sanguineum ‘variegata’
Rosmarinus officinalis
Rubus ursinus
Symphytum ‘Bressingham Blue’
Taraxacum officinale
Tellima grandiflora
Trillium ovatum
Trillium parviflorum
Tulips hybrids
Primula acaulis
Primula ‘Ballerina Cobalt’
Vaccinium angustifolium ‘Brunswick’
Vaccinium ovatum
Vaccinium ‘Pink Lemonaid’
Veronica officinalis
Viccia hirsuta
Viola adunca
Viola cornuta
Viola cuccularia ‘Priceana’
Viola labradorica

What’s Blooming, April 14th, 2014

15 Apr

Just about perfect weather the last few days, sunny and warm. Nights are still on the cool side, it the days have been gorgeous. Rain is forecast by the end of the week of course.

Acer circinatum
Acer macrophyllum
Anemone nemerosa ‘Vestal’
As arum caudatum
Barbarea orthocerus
Brassica oleracea (Russian kale) Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’
Brunnera macrophylla ‘variegata’
Cardamine hirsuta
Camassia quamash
Cerastium tomentosum
Chaenomeles x speciosa
Choisya ternata

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Claytonia sibirica
Clematis montana ‘Rubens’
Corydalis flexuosa
Corydalis lutea
Corydalis scouleri
Dactilorhyza glomerata
Dicentra formosa
Draba verna
Fragaria vesca
Forsythia x intermedia
Geranium phaeum
Geranium robertianum
Geum macrophyllum
Grevillea victoriae
Helleborus x orientalis
Hyacinthus hispanicus
Hyacinthus orientalis
Kerria japonica ‘Variegata’
Lamiastrum galeobdonicum
Lamium purpureum
Lunaria annua
Magnolia (dwarf pink)

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Mahonia aquifolium
Mahonia nervosa
Malus domestica

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Muscari armeniacum
Myosotis sylvatica
Myrrhus odorata
Oxalis oregana
Polygonatum biflorum
Primula acaulis
Ranunculus ficaria
Rhododendron (fragrant light pink)
Ribes sanguineum
Ribes sanguineum “Ace of Mercer”
Ribes sanguineum ‘Appleblossom’
Ribes sanguineum ‘Pokey’s Pink’
Ribes sanguineum ‘Pulsborough Scarlet’
Ribes sanguineum ‘variegata’
Rosmarinus officinalis
Rubus ursinus
Sambucus racemosum
Simphytum ‘Bressingham Blue’
Spiraea vanhoutei
Taraxacum officinale
Tiarella grandiflora
Trillium ovatum
Trillium parviflorum

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Tulipa hybrids
Vaccinium angustifolium ‘Brunswick’
Vaccinium ovatum
Viola adunca
Vinca minor ‘variegata’
Viola cornuta
Viola cuccularia ‘Priceana’
Viola labradorica
Viola x wittrockiana

What’s Blooming- April 9th, 2014

14 Apr

Early morning, but let’s see what’s blooming anyway-

Acer circinatum

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Acer macrophyllum
Anemone blanda
Anemone nemerosa
Anemone nemerosa ‘vestal’
Asarum caudatum
Barbarea orthocerus
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Looking Glass’
Brunnera macrophylla ‘variegata’
Camassia quamash
Camellia japonica (striped pink)
Camellia (neighbor’s pink)
Camellia japonica ‘Kumasaka’

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Cardamine hirsuta
Cerastium tomentosum
Chaenomeles x speciosa
Choisya ternata
Claytonia sibirica
Clematis montana ‘Rubens’
Corydalis flexuosa
Corydalis lutea
Corydalis scouleri

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Dactylorhyza glomerata
Dicentra formosa
Draba verna
Erythronium revolutum
Forsythia x intermedia
Fuchsia speciosa
Grevillea victoriae
Helleborus x orientalis
Hyacinthus hispanicus

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Hyacinthus orientalis
Kerria japonica ‘variegata’
Lamiastrum galeobdonicum
Lamium purpureum
Laurus nobilis ‘angustifolia’
Lonicera involucrata
Lonicera standishii
Lunaria annua
Lunaria annua ‘alba’
Magnolia (dwarf pink)
Mahonia aquifolium

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Mahonia aquifolium ‘compacta’
Mahonia nervosa
Muscari armeniacum
Myrrhus odorata
Myosotis sylvatica
Narcissus (memorial garden)
Osmanthus delavayi
Oxalis oregana
Primula acaulis
Primula acaulis ‘Ballerina Cobalt Blue’
Prunus laurocerasus (neighbor’s)
Prunus x avium
Ranunculus ficaria
Ribes lobbii
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’
Rosmarinus officinalis
Rubus spectabilis
Sambucus racemosa
Sisymbrium ‘Bressingham Blue’
Spiraea vanhoutei
Taraxacum officinale
Tellima grandiflora
Trillium parviflorum
Trillium ovatum
Vaccinium angustifolium ‘Brunswick’
Vaccinium ovatum
Vinca minor ‘variegata’
Viola adunca

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Viola cornuta
Viola cucullata ‘Priceana’
Viola labradorica
Viola x wittrockiana

Ribes sanguineum

2 Apr

Anyone who has taken the time to look at my “what’s blooming” posts has to realize, I like Ribes sanguineum, lol. I have a bunch of cultivars, and a couple of “wild” types (though non of kind were salvaged, or even taken from cuttings of wild plants, so far as I know. But I do have a couple Of the straight species from Native Plant nurseries in the area.)

So, why do I love them so? Well, apart from the amazing floral display, right at the end of winter when the garden really needs that pick-me-up from the all too often grey drizzly days of late winter and early spring, and perfect timing for the emerging queen bumbles, early orchard masons, and not the least, returning Rufous Hummingbirds.

In fact, most years I can time the first sitings if Rufous to about a week or so after the first flowers emerge on the Red Flowering Currants. They are that consistent.

In late summer the berries are just as well liked by other birds, particularly chickadees and robins. The fruits are edible, but the taste is what is often referred to as “insipid” by folks who describe such things, an odd combination of cucumbers notes with the almost metallic, bitter aftertaste of pine. Not my favorite for gnoshing, lol.

Plus, for me at least they have proven in general easy to grow and not too hard to maintain. In general they like relatively dry soil, good drainage, though they don’t really want to dry out completely. Exposure can be anything from full shade to full on morning sun, though they might look a little scorched in too much afternoon sun by the end of the summer. They are a true native of the northwest woods, after all! I have never seen any need for fertilizer with these guys, so another way they are rather easy going. Just keep them away from wet feet, especially in winter. It will rot the roots right out from under them.

Ok, so a little tour of the ones I have, before the all too brief season is over.

‘Strybing Pink’

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Wild type 1-

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‘Pokey’s Pink’-

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It’s hard to tell from these two photos, but Pokey is a easily a shade darker than Strybing Pink.

Then there is the variegated one:
Ribes sanguineum ‘variegata’ (original, right? Not my fault! I didn’t name it!)

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It is a lovely thing in flower. Unfortunately the variegation is an increased yellowish stippling or mottling of the leaves over the course of the summer. All too often, it just looks diseased. Luckily, this one seems to be reverting, and I don’t care for the variegation enough to worry about it.

‘Appleblossom’-

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And a close up of the flowers so you can see the buds are a shade darker, for that apple blossom effect-

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Another of the wild type, straight species-

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This next one is a seedling that I left in place several years ago. It’s since gotten pretty big, in basically full shade, with nice medium to dark reddish pink flowers, entirely typical of the species. There isn’t really anything all that special about it, but it’s mine, and I like to refer to it by the name “Ace of Mercer”-

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It is a bit sprawly, but I like it, even though it’s kind of taking over the old nursery section. Oh well, anything there can handle the shade by now, lol. Again a close up of the flowers, kind of one shade darker than Pokey’s, but not so bright as the darker cultivars.

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The final one I have blooming is ‘Puslsborough Scarlet’-

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This one is about as red as it gets with these. None of them are truly “scarlet” or blood red (apparently in German they are called “blood currants”), but more of a light to very dark fuchsia pink. Absolutely lovely with daffodils, forsythia, and white cherries and plums. Just a very nice early spring flowering shrub. I wouldn’t want to garden without it!

And just for grins, it’s nearly as spectacular cousin, Ribes lobbii, the Fuchsia flowered gooseberry-

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What’s Blooming- April 1st, 2014

2 Apr

It was grey this morning, but this afternoon the sun came out, it’s nice in the sun so long as the wind doesn’t pick up too much. Typical blustery, schizophrenic spring weather. If you don’t like it out, just wait five minutes. It will change, lol.

Early stuff is mostly done now, spring is kind of early to mid season by the flowers- the early daffs are done, the hyacinths tipping over. Tulips and later daffs are budding out or already flowering. Crocus are no more than leaves…

Anemone blanda
Barbarea orthocerus
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Looking Glass’
Brunnera macrophylla ‘variegata’
Camelia japonica (striped pink)
Camelia japonica (neighbor’s light pink)
Cerastium tomentosum
Chaeneles x speciosa
Choisya ternata
Claytonia sibirica
Corydalis flexuosa
Corydalis lutea
Dactilorhyza glomerata
Dicentra formosa

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Draba verna
Erythronium revolutum
Forsythia x intermedia
(Fuchsia speciosa)
Grevillea victoriae
Helleborus niger
Helleborus orientalis
Hyacinthus orientalis
Lamiastrum galeobdonicum
Lamium purpureum
Lonicera standishii
Lunaria annua ‘alba’

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Mahonia aquifolium
Mahonia nervosa
Muscadine armeniacum
Myosotis sylvatica
Myrrhus odorata
Narcissus hawera
Narcissus ‘Peeping Tom’
Narcissus ‘Tete te’
Narcissus ( memorial garden)

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Osmanthus delavayi
Oxalis oregana
Primula acaulis
Primula acaulis ‘Ballerina Cobalt Blue’
Prunus x avium
Ranunculus ficaria
Ribes lobbii
Ribes sanguineum
Ribes sanguineum ‘Ace of Mercer’
Ribes sanguineum ‘Appleblossom’
Ribes sanguineum ‘Pokey’s Pink’
Ribes sanguineum ‘Pulsborough Scarlet’

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Ribes sanguineum ‘Strybing Pink’
Ribes sanguineum ‘Variegata’
Rubus spectabilis
Spiraea vanhoutei
Symphytum ‘Bressingham Blue’
Taraxacum officinale
Trillium ovatum

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Trillium parviflorum
Vaccinium angustifolium ‘Brunswick’
Vaccinium ovatum

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Vinca minor ‘variegata’
Viola glabbella
Viola labradorica
Viola cornuta
Viola odorata
Viola

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