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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Foliage Follow-Up May 20, 2015

Honoring our Veterans, firefighters, and their families for the tremendous sacrifices they have made for our freedom on Memorial Day weekend.

Today I'm linking with-

Today's Flowers hosted by Denise

Saturday's Critters hosted by Eileen

Another later Rhododendron is blooming now, it spread laterally to 12' / 4m-

A combination on our shop of Sombreuil OGR rose-

 And Clematis Niobe which is an early bloomer-

A favorite iris, Beverly Sills-

And a deep purple one

My once-blooming Alba OGR Madame Plantier is beginning her massive bloom-

My husband built me a branch trellis to contain her last year-

In that bed also the very large flowered Apricot Nectar, my favorite rose color-

And Austin rose Evelyn-

I've been uncovering several little baby garter snakes, here is a red striped one, the scales on its head really stand out, can you see the heart?-

This one is about full size, it has a very complex scale pattern-

This the snake making a ring, quite a pattern-

Here I'm showing some foliage in my garden, to see other people's foliage posts, join them at hostess Pam's blog Digging.  Some of my favorite foliage plants are shade plants like this self-sown Pulmonaria-
and even more silvery Excalibur-

Saxifrage 'London's Pride'-

Spooky new leaves of Acer 'Sister Ghost'-

The delicate pink new foliage of Salix integra 'Hakuro-nishiki'- 

It took me a while to realize it wasn't growing because the deer were nibbling it, so I hope in a cage it will someday look like the glorious round globes I see around.

I discovered yesterday a little patch of a variegated sport of Anemone nemorosa, I hope it will continue to grow larger-

I imagine a strange many-armed figure under the glorious tangled Japanese cutleaf weeping maple foliage-

I'm interested in Manzanitas for their ability to live without summer irrigation, in fact they hate it, for those far-flung areas of my yard where it is hard to drag a hose, so I'm hoping to enjoy big plants with twisty dark bark and grey leaves someday, my babies from Xera Plants-

Also linking with-

Wordless Wednesday hosted by NC Sue

New link with Outdoor Wednesday, hosted by A Southern Daydreamer.

This is an area where the previous owners dumped a lot of logs after cutting many cedars and firs down, and it used to be overgrown with Himalayan blackberry vines, which I cut down a couple of years ago, and have to keep removing.  Native plants and self-sown geraniums have filled in.  Previously in 2013 after clearing blackberries-

And now when lots of plants have been filling in-

Native wildflowers and geraniums filling in-

Deer visitor


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Friday, May 15, 2015

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day plus May 15, 2014col

Welcome to my blog, today I'm featuring What's Blooming Now, to see what is blooming in other places around the world join hostess Carol for Garden Blogger's Bloom Day.

Everything is nearly a month ahead in blooming, so I already have a lot of roses blooming.  Zepherine Drouhin remains Queen of my rose garden with her fantastic early bloom.

A mini with my favorite rose color is My Honey-

Calla lilies are blooming-

Irises are blooming-

The scented Lemon Lily is blooming-

Many of the hardy geraniums are blooming, sanguineum-

Columbines are weaving their magical spell-

Lupines I added last year are blooming-

The magnificent Rhododendrons are blooming-

The smaller native bumblebees love them-

They can be pruned to have marvelous twisty interiors-

As can the weeping cutleaf Japanese Maples-

A small visitor on the door, a damsel in distress-

Today I'm also linking with-

Orange You Glad It's Friday, hosted by Maria

Today's Flowers hosted by Denise

Saturday's Critters hosted by Eileen

Macro Monday 2 hosted by Gemma and Mystical Magical Teacher

I Heart Macro hosted by Laura

I hope spring is bursting forth in bloom for you as well!  Hannah

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Happy Mother's Day, May 9, 2014

Welcome to my post, today I am linking with-

Orange You Glad it's Friday hosted by Maria

Today's Flowers hosted by Denise

Saturday's Critters hosted by Eileen

I Heart Macro hosted by Laura 

Macro Monday 2 hosted by Gemma and Mystical Magical Teacher

Macro Monday Mixer hosted by All the V's

This week my seed-grown Geums also started blooming.  They are twice the size of the developed varieties at around 2" / 5cm.  Mrs Bradshaw is a gorgeous red-

A Geum I started from seed that has medicinal roots is Geum urbanum or rivale, it gets tall and has small 1/2" / 2.25cm flowers.  It can spread like a weed.

A taste of orange Nasturtium-

An unexpected treat is the blooming of my Queen of the Roses, Zepherine Drouhin, early-

The last of the Anemone nemorosas to bloom is the delicate prima donna double, 'Vestal'-

A silvery-leaved fuzzy plant I missed last week that is totally wild, seeding and blooming whereever it wants, that decided to grace me with its presence in my garden, Mullein-

In the shade garden another Columbine I grew from seed, 'Krystal'-

And now for a few critters, I found a nice garter snake, this one with a yellow stripe so I'm calling it 'Lemon'-

What a cute smile on this gardener's friend, who eats slugs, and has a twinkle in his mysterious silver eye.   I make them shelters of newspaper mulches and occasional piles of brush.

In remembrance of my mother, Elizabeth, here are a few photos from her 4 years as a missionary in a small Indian village called Yolos in the mountains near Oaxaca, Mexico.

It was an arduous mountain trip to get there.

There she met my father, they got married and had my brother Dwight then me.

My father was sick with malaria and enlarged heart so they left when I was 11 months old.

My brother was fearless and would pull the tails of the giant sows.  "You'll never raise that one!" Said an observer.  But I was terrified of the half-wild dogs of the village and came away with a dog phobia.  I eventually overcame it.   Happy Mother's Day to you mothers out there!   I have 3 children, a son and two daughters.

or cameras are macro

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