Archive | May, 2014

What’s Blooming- May 28th, 2014

28 May

Flip flop weather, rainy one second, sunny five minutes later…

Agastache auriculata
Allium schoenoprasum
Aquilegia formosa
Aruncus dioicus
Barbarea orthocerus
Barbarea vulgaris
Begonia (orange sparkler)
Beloperome guttata
Bidens humilis ‘Pirate’s Pearl’
Brassica oleracea
Camassia leichtlinii ‘floraplena’
Campanula carpatica (Blue Chip)
Campanula portenschlagiana
Campanula rotundifolia
Cardamine hirsuta
Carex deweyana
Chrysanthemum partheniacum
Cineraria hybrid
Claytonia sibirica
Coreopsis auriculata nana
Corydalis lutea
Corydalis scouleri
Cuphea ignea (short form)
Cuphea ignea (tall form)
Delphinium nuttallii
Dianthus caryophyllus
Dicentra formosa
Eriophyllum lanatum
Escholtzia caespitosa
Fragaria vesca
Fuchsia magellanica ‘molinae’
Fuchsia ‘Belle of Salem’
Gallium trifidum
Geranium robertianum
Geum macrophyllum
Heliotropium hybrid
Heracleum lanatum
Huechera sanguinea ‘Firefly’
Huechera sanguinea ‘splendens’
Huechera x sanguinea (green elephant)
Huecherella ‘Cracked Ice’
Hydrophyllum tenuipes
Incarvillea delavayi
Lamium maculatum ‘Pink Pewter’
Lamium purpureum
Lavendula viridis
Linaria so
Lobelia erinus ‘Chrystal Palace’
Lobelia erinus ‘Sapphire’
Lonicera japonica ‘Pink Lemonade’
Lonicera ‘Sulphurea’
Lunaria annua
Lychnis coronaria
Meconopsis cambrica
Medicago sativa
Mimulus guttatus
Montia perfoliata
Myosotis laxa
Myosotis microphylla
Nemesia ‘Compact Innocense’
Nemophila maculata ‘Penny Black’
Ocimum basilicum ‘Magic Mountain’
Oenanthe sarmentosa
Osteospermum ‘Summertime Sweet Blue Sunrise)
Osteospermum (white with purple eye)
Oxalis nelsonii
Oxalis oregana
Oxalis triangularis
Oxalis (iron cross)
Pelargonium hybrid
Pentas lanceolata
Philadelphus coronaria ‘aurea’
Plantago major
Potentilla anserina
Primula acaulis
Pyrethrum coccineum (Robinson’s Red)
Ranunculus repens
Rosa chinensis mutabilis
Rosa gymnocarpa
Rosa ‘Climbing Peace’
Rubus dioicus
Rubus ursinus
Salvia coccinea ‘Forest Fire’
Salvia coccinea ‘Lady in Red’
Salvia coccinea (tall form)
Salvia elegans ‘Honeymelon
Salvia microphylla ‘Hotlips’
Scabiosa japonica alipina ‘Ritz Blue’
Schizanthus grahamii
Sedum spathulifolium
Sisyrinchium (not Californicum)
Sisymbrium altissimum
Sysimbrium ‘Bressingham Blue’
Tagetes (Orange Disco seedlings)
Tellima grandiflora
Thymus citriodora ‘Orange Balsam’
Tolmeia menziesii
Trifolium alba ( red dragon type)
Turritus glabra
Urtica dioica
Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Sunshine Blue’
Vaccinium ovatum
Verbena hastata
Veronica americana
Veronica officinalis
Viola adunca
Viola cornuta
Viola labradorica

Garden Project- Tipsy Pots

22 May

Ok, so this has been all over Pinterest and different DIY garden blogs, and I kinda like the effect… It’s always nice to have more vertical planting space in the garden. I happened to find some good sized clay pots in the recycle bin at Swanson’s Nursery, so I brought them home, and with a piece of rebar quickly assembled this tipsy pot combo-

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The bottom pot already had soil and plants in it- mint, a little rose that is struggling, weeds. I ended up planting into it some cuttings of Fuchsia triphylla ‘Gartenmeister Bonstedt’ I overwintered, then added some Cuphea ‘Carribean Sunset’, a white Bidens humilis ‘Priate’s Pearl’ and some Lobelia erinus ‘Sapphire’. I was worried with the tippy pots on the pole, that the soil would wash out, so I added moss to soak up and blunt hthe force of the hose when watering. So far so good!

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Overall I’m happy with it so far, but we will see how it works over the summer.

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Painted Lady Butterfly ovipositing on Mentha himalayensis

20 May

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This surprised the hell out of me for a couple of reason… I was truly happy to see her here, since I have nettle in the garden specifically for her and her kin, as well as Anaphalis margaritacea, Artemesia sucksdorfii and others for both larval host plants and for the adults, but she bypassed the known host plants and instead layer them on this Asian mint.

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You can see the little turquoise, freshly laid eggs on the mint leaves here, two of them on this plant. There we several other stems she also layed eggs on, of both this mint and possibly Barbarea vulgaris (though I didn’t see her actually oviposit on those, she did spend quite a bit of time on them.)

I will of course watch for the caterpillars, and hope this mint ends up being a good host for them. It is certainly aggressive enough to provide ample leaf age for the caterpillars to forage! And the flowers have always attracted a lot of insects, including butterflies, which is why I grow it to begin with.

So now we will just have to wait and see, I guess.

Escholtzia caespitosa- sundrops

20 May

I planted seed of these in an area I want to keep open for a birdbath in the back. I was expecting a yellow California poppy… It this little charmer is a very nice surprise! The tiny little lemon or butter yellow flowers aren’t much bigger than a nickel, and top the ferny blue green leaves on almost invisible wiry stems. I really hope this reseeds, as I rather like the effect, and it’s on a much smaller scale that the typical Eschiltzia californica you see around. Definitely a keeper! The only thing better is if there were more bees or some kind of pollinator going for it.

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What’s Blooming- May 20th, 2014

20 May

Beautiful sunny day, bit of a breeze keeping it from being too hot at the moment, but it’s still early in the day! It’s supposed to be stormy and raining, lol.

Antennaria rosea
Aquilegia formosa
Aruncus dioicus
Bacopa monieri
Barbarea orthocerus
Barbarea vulgaris
Begonia boliviensis ‘Bonfire’
Begonia (orange sparkler)
Beloperome gutatta
Bidens humilis ‘Pirate’s Pearl’
Brassica oleracea
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’
Brunnera macrophylla ‘variegata’
Campanula carpatica
Cardamine hirsuta
Chaenomeles x speciosa
Chaenorrhinum origanifolium ‘Blue Dream’
Chrysanthemum partheniacum
Cineraria hybrid
Claytonia sibirica
Coreopsis auriculata ‘nana’
Corydalis lutea
Corydalis scouleri
Cuphea cyanea ‘Caribbean Sunset’
Cuphea ignea (tall and short forms)
Delphinium nuttallii
Delphinium trollifolium
Dicentra formosa
Doronicum orientalis
Eriophyllum lanatum
Escholtzia caespitosa
Fragaria vesca
Fuchsia ‘Belle of Salem’
Fuchsia (Billy?)
Fuchsia ‘Bouffant’
Fuchsia ‘Misty Pink’
Fuchsia ‘Marinka’
Fuchsia ‘Queen Elizabeth’
Fuchsia ‘Walz Harp’
Geranium phaeum
Geranium robertianum
Geum macrophyllum
Heliotropium hybrid
Heracleum lanatum
Huechera sanguinea ‘Firefly’
Huechera sanguinea ‘Splendens’
Huechera (green elephant)
Incarvillea delavayi
Iris japonica ‘Ledger’s Variety’
Kakanchoe blossfieldiana (double apricot)
Lamium purpureum
Lobelia erinus ‘Sapphire’
Lonicera japonica ‘Pink Lemonade’
Lonicera ‘sulphurea’
Lunaria annua
Meconopsis cambrica
Medicago lupulina
Montia perfoliata
Myosotis laxa
Myosotis sylvatica
Nemesia ‘Compact Innocence’
Nemophilla ‘Penny Black’
Ocimum basilicum ‘Magic Mountain’
Oenanthe sarmentosa
Osteospermum hybrid (lavender with a darker eye)
Osteospermum ‘Summertime Sweet Blue Sunrise’
Oxalis oregana
Oxalis triangaris
Pelargonium hybrid
Pentas lanceolata
Philadelphus coronaria ‘aurea’
Plantago vulgaris
Potentilla anserina
Primula acaulis
Pyrethrum sp
Rhododendron (fragrant pink)
Rhododendron (red)
Rhododendron (wild type)
Rosa chinensis mutabilis
Rosa ‘climbing Peace’
Rosa gymnocarpa
Rubus armeniacus
Rubus leucodermis
Rubus parviflora
Salvia coccinea (lady in red?)
Salvia coccinea ‘tall form’
Salvia elegans ‘Honeymellon’
Schlembergera hybrid
Sedum spathulifolium
Simphytum ‘Bressingham Blue’
Sisyrinchium (californicum)
Targeted signata ‘Disco Orange’
Tellima grandiflora
Thymus citriodora ‘Orange Balsam’
Tolmeia menziesii
Trifolium alba (“red dragon” type)
Turritus glabra
Urtica dioica
Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Sunshine Blue’
Vaccinium ovatum
Vaccinium ‘Pink Lemonade’
Veronica americana
Veronica officinalis
Viccia hirsuta
Viola adunca
Viola cornuta
Vila labradorica
Viola x wittrockiana

Gold leaf Salvia ‘Forest Fire’?

20 May

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Picked this up at the nursery, a pony pack of four seedlings. Now, it may just be anemic or something, but doesn’t that one seedling look like it has gold leaves? If so, this could be a really cool cultivar to have around! Hopefully it will have just as much nectar as the more normal ones regardless.

Lazy cat

20 May

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Kinda how I feel this beautiful sunny morning too! Wish I had someone to rub my furry belly for me 😉

It’s Alive! Cuphea ignea

18 May

Ok, so after winter weather which included a full week of temps around 18-20 degrees, I was sure this half hardy perennial, in a rockery with little more than a couple of inches of leaf cover, was dead as a door nail. And indeed, when I uncovered it a month ago, all seemed lost, the woody old stems seemed dry and brittle, no signs of life at all.

But in all honestly I have learned over the years to leave things like this alone, so I left it to see what it would do. And now, sprouts! Now it could be willow herb seeding itself into the crown, but it sure looks like my old friend Cuphea ignea!

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Can’t wait to see if it will prove reliably hardy here… I’ll start collecting them like Fuchsias if that is the case!

Corydalis scouleri

17 May

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This is an old favorite of mine. The elegant flower spikes too ferny foliage that spreads slowly in moist shady to semi shady soils. It likes stream banks and wet ledges in the wild, but has done well for me in the relatively moist understory under my apple tree, including in the sandy soils left over from the old sand box. Of course, that area received water from the downspout till we redid the gutters last year and I moved it.

And now I have an even better reason to like this plant- yesterday I watched a female Anna’s visit nearly every flower on not just one but three flower spikes! So add hummingbird attractor to its list of good reasons to plant these!

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Aside from that, I think the dusky pink flowers with their backswept tubular shape is rather charming and fascinating. These are related to the bleeding hearts (Dicentra formosa is our native one), and the foliage is similar but much taller- usually almost two feet in full flower. They grow in similar locations, though the Dicentra seems more drought tolerant and is much easier to get established.

These are worth it though if you have enough moisture for them. Few things light up a shady garden like this queen of the woods!

Here it is in my garden with goatsbeard (Aruncus dioicus) behind it-

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What’s Blooming May 12th, 2014

13 May

Gorgeous sunny day, a little hot but expected for this time of year. Nice change from the gloomy rain we’ve been having.

Allium schoenoprasum
Amaryllus hybrids
Aquilegia formosa
Aruncus dioicus
Asarum caudatum
Bacopa monieri
Barbarea orthocerus
Begonia boliviensis ‘Bonfire’
Begonia ‘Sparks Will Fly’
Bidens humilis ‘Pirate’s Pearl’
Brassica oleracea
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’
Brunnera macrophylla ‘variegata’
Camassia leichtlinii (cream)
Camassia quamash
Camellia japonica ‘Kumasaka’
Campanula carpatica
Cardamine hirsuta
Cerastium tomentosum
Chaenomeles x speciosa
Chaenorrhinum origanifolium ‘Blue Dream’
Claytonia sibirica
Clematis montana ‘Rubens’
Corydalis lutea
Corydalis scouleri
Cuphea cyanea ‘Carribean Sunset’
Cuphea ignea
Delphinium nuttallii
Delphinium trollifolium
Dianthus caryophyllus ‘Velvet + White’
Dicentra formosa
Doronicum orientalis
Doronicum orientalis ‘Leonardo Compact’
Fragaria vesca
(Fuchsia baskets*)
Geum macrophyllum
Geranium phaeum
Geranium robertianum
Grevillea victoriae
Heracleum lanatum
Huechera sanguinea ‘Firefly’
Huechera (green elephant)
Huechera sanguinea ‘splendens’
Hyacinthus hispanica
Hydrophyllum tenuipes
Incarcillea delavayi
Iris x douglasiana (Judith’s)
Iris japonica ‘Ledger’s Variety’
Kerria japonica ‘variegata’
Lamium maculatum
Lamium purpureum
Lavendula viridis
Lobelia erinus ‘Regatta Sapphire’
Lunaria annua
Malus fusca
Meconopsis cambrica
Medicago sativa
Myosotis laxa
Myosotis parviflora
Myosotis sylvatica
Myrrhus odorata
Nemesia ‘Compact Innocense’
Osteospermum ‘Summertime Sweet Blue Sunrise’
Pelargonium hybrids
Philadelphus coronaria ‘Aurea’
Polygonatum multiflorum
Primula acaulis
Primula x ‘Ballerina Cobalt Blue’
Prunella laciniata
Rhododendron (fragrant pink)
Rhododendron (red)
Rhododendron (wild type)
Rosa chinensis ‘mutabilis’
Rosa gymnocarpa
Rubus leucodermis
Rubus ursinus
Salvia coccinea (‘Lady in Red’ type)
Salvia splendens ‘Honeymellon’
Schlembergera hybrids
(Senecio)
Taraxacum officinale
Tellima grandiflora
Thymus citriodora ‘Orange Balsam’
Tolmeia menziesii
Trifolium alba (‘red dragon’ type)
Vaccinium ovatum
Viccia hirsuta
Vinca minor
Viola adunca
Viola cornuta
Viola labradorica
Viola x wallichiana