Archive | March, 2015

What’s Blooming March 18th, 2015

29 Mar

Wet, but clearing up a bit. Typical March weather, if you don’t like it just wait five minutes, lol. 

Camelia japonica (striped)

Camelia sasanqua ‘Kumasaka’

Cardamine hirsuta

Claytonia sibirica

Fragaria vesca

Hyacinthus oriantis

Linaria ‘Enchantment Mix’

Mahonia aquifolium

Mahonia aquifolium ‘John Muir’

Mahonia nervosa

Muscari armeniacum

Polygala kam. ‘Kaminski’ 

Primula acaulis

Primula ‘Ballerina Conalt’

Primula ‘Ballerina Nectarine’

Primula ‘Ballerina Sunrise’

Prunus tomentosum

Rosa hybrida- mini orange

Rosa hybrida- mini yellow

Rosa hybrida- mini white

Taraxacum officinale

Tulip hybrida (purple)

Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Sunshine Blue’

Vaccinium ‘Pink Lemonaid’

Vaccinium ovatum

Strawberry Hazelnut White Chocolate Cookies

11 Mar

the other day I found some Ritter Sport brand White Chocolate with Whole Hazelnut bars on sale at the grocery store, apparently after Valentine’s Day they had more candy than they knew what to do with. Well, this morning I couldn’t stop thinking about making some cookies, lol. 

So I went online and found Martha Stewart’s Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe. I modified it a bit by chopping up the white chocolate bars, adding dried strawberries and a handful of crushed hazelnuts, but the results were exactly what I wanted! Soft chewy cookies with a strawberry shortcake kind of flavor. They would be just as good with dark chocolate of course, but sometimes I like the creamy goodness of white chocolate too.

One other modification I did was to cut the sugar way down. White chocolate is sweet enough as it is, I figured the cookies didn’t need that much more. Seems to have worked like a charm! 

And of course as usual, I overstuffed my cookies, lol. I’m not happy unless every bite has at least two chunks of something in it!


In one bowl add;

2 1/4 cups flower

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

With fork, whisk these together to mix and lighten them, or sift em together if you want to do it like gramma used to. 


In a deeper mixing bowl cream together;

1 cup unsalted butter (two sticks)

1/3 cup sugar

2/3 cup light brown sugar

Once creamy and smooth, add;

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 eggs

Dash of salt

Cream these together, then fold in the flour mix a third at a time. 

Chop and add;

2 x 3.5oz bars of White Chocolate

1/2 cup or so hazelnuts

1/2 cup or so dried strawberries (or cranberries, blueberries, whatever dried fruit floats your boat)


Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes (12 in my slow oven.) Let cool on pan for two, then transfer to a wire rack. Try not to eat them when they are so hot they burn your mouth! Lol

What’s Blooming March 10th, 2015

11 Mar

Brunnera macrophylla ‘variegata’

Caltha biflora

Camelia sasanqua ‘Kumasaka’

Camelia ‘Yuletide’

Camelia (striped)

Cardamine hirsuta

Chaenomeles x speciosa

Choisya ternata

Claytonia sibirica

Corydalis solida

Corydalis ‘Blue Heron’

Draba verna 

Erythronium tuolumense ‘Pagoda’

Fragaria vesca 

Forsythia sp

Grevilleas victoria

Helleborus orientalis

Hyacinthus orientalis 

Lamium purpureum

Linaria ‘Enchantment Mix’

Lunaria annua ‘alba’

Lonicera standishii

Mahonia aquifolium

Mahonia nervosa

Muscari armeniacum

Narcissus “Dutch Master”

Narcissus ‘Jetfire’

Narcissus ‘Tete te’

Osmanthus delavayi

Polygala chammisonis ‘Kaminski’

Primula acaulis

Primula ‘Ballerina Cobalt’

Primula ‘Ballerina Nectarine’

Primula ‘Primlet ‘Sunrise’

Prunus avium

Prunus tomentosum

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 ‘Variegatum’

Rosa hybrida 

Rosmarinus officinalis 

Rubus spectabilis 

Rubus ursinus

Spiraea vanhoutei

Trillium ovatum

Tulips hybrida

Vaccinium ovatum 

Viola adunca

Viola cornuta

Plant swap finds

8 Mar

So yesterday was the Green Elephant Plant Swap in Kirkland. It was a beautiful sunny day, and had a great time sharing plants. I did manage to pick up a few things myself-

Allium “elephant garlic”

Athyrium felix-femina

Dicentra formosa

Fragaria “white”

Impariens (hardy purple)

Polystichum munitum

Scabiosa? Lost the tag, lol

The strawberries will go in a pot, probably a hanging basket I think, till I figure out if they are worth the berries they produce. The Impariens and dicentra will go in the back under the apple tree with the other one, hopefully they are different varieties. The ferns will go wherever, lol…

What’s Blooming March 3rd, 2015

3 Mar

clear but cold this morning, Spring is definitely in the air on a sunny day like this, the Robins and other birds are singing their hearts out, but winter’s chill is still very much in evidence!

Still, lots of stuff are coming into bloom. Seems like every time I come out into the garden I see something new opening up. For that reason alone I love this time of year. Add to that the cheerful daffodils, which always remind me of my mother, and it’s hard to beat being out in the garden this time of year.

Bellis perennis

Camelia japonica

Camelia ‘Yuletide’

Cardamine hirsuta

Chaenomeles x speciosa

Claytonia sibirica

Clematis cirrhosa

Corydalis solida 

Corydalis ‘Blue Heron’

Cyclamen coum

Draba verna

Fragaria vesca

Grevillea victoriae

Helleborus x orientalis

Hyacinthus orientalis

Lamium purpureum

Linaria ‘Enchantment Mix’

Lonicera standishii

Mahonia aquifolium

Mahonia beallii

Mahonia x media (‘Winter sun’?)

Muscari armeniacum

Narcissus ‘Dutch Master’

Narcissus ‘Jetfire’

Narcissus ‘Tete te’

Oemleria cerasiformis

Osmanthus delavayi

Polygala cham. ‘Kaminski’

Primula acaulis

Primula ‘Ballerina Cobalt’

Prunus tomentosum

Prunus x avium

Pulmonaria 

Ranunculus ficaria

Ribes lobbii

Ribes sanguineum “Ace of Mercer”

Ribes sanguineum ‘Appleblossom’

Ribes sanguineum ‘White Icycle’

Rosa hybrids *

Rosmarinus officinalis

Symphytum ‘Bressingham Blue’

Spiraea vanhoutei

Vaccinium ovatum

Vinca minor

Viola cornuta