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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Foliage Follow-up, April 16, 2014

Today I'm joining hostess Pam at Digging to celebrate some spring foliage, to see other posts, join her there.

I was anxiously hoping for the return of my Trillium luteum I planted last year, and finally Eureka!-some gorgeous leaves, it may be too much to expect a flower this year-

Pulmonaria seedling leaves with gorgeous silvering-

It's raining!  The plant who jewels up the best, Lady's Mantle-

Oxalis adenophylla and Saxifrage 'London's Pride'-

Vinca 'Wojo's Gem'-

So much pretty foliage in the spring!   


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day April 15, 2014

Welcome to my GBBD post, to see what is blooming for other gardeners visit May Dreams Gardens, hosted by Carol- thanks Carol!

The plum trees already bloomed, so the pears are blooming now-

 and the apples are beginning with the early William's Pride-

   The snow last winter should cause a lot of plums this summer, and unusual blooming on my Magnolia soulangeana 'Rustica Rubra', which usually only has 2-3 flowers-

To see some blue flowers blooming now- Pulmonaria, Myosotis, Brunnera, and Symphytum,
 click here.

My large Camellia japonica is covered with flowers as usual, I wish the Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide' could get inspired from it, it has yet to bloom.

Osmanthus delavayi is covered with fragrant tiny white tubular flowers that waft delightfully, and has stuck it out well with my sometimes severe cold snaps in winter.

Also blooming, big patches of Anemone nemorosa-

and now the later blooming variety 'Vestal' with double pom-pom centers-

The phantasmagorical Mouse Plant, supposed to the hind quarters of a mouse who has buried its head in the ground (to me it looks more like sightless bird heads with very long beaks), Arisarum proboscideum which has surprised me as one whimsical impulse purchase that actually paid off-

The Daphnes that have survived for me are blooming, 'Summer Ice", Lawrence Crocker, small with small glossy leaves and purple flowers-

And the large 3-4 ft. rounded shrub Daphne tangutica, covered with fragrant flowers that perfume the air all around-

Also blooming are the last of the Daffodils and Hellebores, and Muscari, species Tulips, Hyacinths, Primulas, Violets, Geranium macrorrhizum, many Pulmonaria, Euphorbia cyparissias, Vinca, Bellis lawn daisies, Lamium, Veronica, and the beginning of the Ajugas, Alpine strawberries, Geums, Solomon's Seal, Epimedium, and New Brunswick blueberries, some of which I will show later in my Monday posts.  

Thanks for joining me, Hannah

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Continuous Bloom- Pulmonaria, Got Blue? April 14, 2014

Welcome to my Monday post, today I am linking with-

Blue Monday hosted by Smiling Sally

I Heart Macro hosted by Laura

Macro Monday 2 hosted by Gemma Wiseman

Catching the Light hosted by NatureFootstep

Ruby Tuesday Too hosted by Gemma Wiseman

In my search for continuous bloom, and for plants adapted to my growing conditions that would thrive without much effort on my part, a plant that knocks my socks off every spring is the Pulmonaria.   They have different leaf shapes, from elongated and strap-like to rounded, and varying degrees of "silver" variegation or spotting on the leaves.  They prefer shade to part shade and are reasonably drought-tolerant once established, though those that are in sunnier postions can lie there like a possum playing dead when thirsty in summer.  A really cool thing about them is that they gently self-sow, so will nicely pop up here and there, and by collecting a number of different leaf shapes and flower colors, I get seedlings that are varied and interesting.  Pulmonaria also make great foliage plants when not in bloom, and some are nearly evergreen while most disappear in winter.   Here the pale blue Roy Davidson on the left and deeper blue Benediction, which has few silvery splotches, on the right-

Possibly Excalibur-

Another Pulmonaria with some Ajuga-

Other plants also in the Borage family are starting to bloom in spring, possessors of that Holy Grail, true blue flowers.  Common biennial Forget-Me-Nots, Myosotis, are champion and invasive reseeders, but cute until the dreaded powdery mildew strikes and I rip them out-

Delightful and dainty perennial Forget-Me-Not Brunnera makes a neat mound of foliage covered with tiny flowers, the foliage can also be edged with white or silvered-

Ground cover Comfrey, Symphytum grandiflora, is another Borage family plant, which is excellent in an orchard as it seems to be able to suppress weeds-

Note the characteristic scorpioid inflorescence and the change in color between bud and flower-

Here I was having an appalling Buttercup infestation under my raspberry plants-

so I transplanted some Comfrey into the war zone, and the Winner is-  Comfrey!

I have many other plants also blooming, Magnolia soulangeana 'Rustica Rubra' usually has 2-3 blooms but is loaded, I think because of the snow, which brings nitrogen down with it.   I expect my plums to be really loaded again like after another winter of heavy snow.

It is warm and sunny here, the weeds are growing too.  I hope your spring is full of flowers.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Continuous Bloom and Anemone Nemorosa, April 7, 2014

Welcome to my sunny Monday post.  Today I am linking with-

Blue Monday hosted by Smiling Sally

Macro Monday 2 hosted by Gemma Wiseman

I Heart Macro hosted by Laura

Mandarin Orange Monday hosted by Lorik

Nature's Footsteps/Catching Light meme hosted by Nature's Footsteps Inspiring Photography

Favorite Plant Pick of the Week hosted by Loree of Danger Garden, check the comments for links.  My choice, Anemone nemorosa 'Robinsoniana', below.

The next major player in my Continuous Bloom scenario is Anemone nemorosa.   Of all the plants I have planted in my yard, Wood Anemones are one of the most prolific, and mind-blowing, pulling spring into the realm of fantasy with their wonderful green carpets studded with flowers.   I have three varieties, the two blooming now are the regular white with some magenta on the reverse, fading magenta, and 'robinsoniana', which is a blue-purple, my favorite, one of those plants that really delights in spring.  Blooming later- 'Vestal' which has a button-like center of narrow stamenodes, very delightful but not as vigorous or prolific.   Anemones are perfectly adapted to the wet/dry cycle of weather in the Pacific Northwest.   Underground rhizomes start to grow in late winter because of the winter rains and warmer temperatures.   Shortly after the start of spring they begin to bloom.   After the weather has become warmer and drier, at some point they dry up and put all their energy back into the rhizomes under the ground.   They can then be dug up without harm and transplanted to new beds.   I usually space them about 1 foot (30 cm) apart.   New spring growth on first year plants-

Established clump-

'Robinsoniana' and white Anemone

I'm as happy as a spring Robin finding a worm, some of my Cowslip Primulas raised from mixed seeds are a luscious candy red-

Bulbs planted last year, Fritillaria, returning successfully, I am so enamored of the tiny checkerboard patterns, and the cute bell shapes make me want to do an Irish jig-

Another very fragrant Daffodil, a double-

Meanwhile, some of those native wildflowers are starting to bloom as well, plants that are also perfectly adapted to our climate and need no care.   Ribes sanguineum, Red-Flowering Currant, which has even self-sown in my garden-

Mahonia nervosa, native Oregon Holly Grape.

A goal of continuous bloom is fun and attainable.   Finding plants adapted your growing conditions can make at least part of gardening effortless and enjoyable!

And now for a slice of art, a copper enamel seahorse I made many years ago, both sides-


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Monday, March 31, 2014

Bloom Succession

Bloom Succession- Observing bloom dates for various plants in your neighborhood and filling in your bloom times can result in continuous bloom for much of the year.   Welcome to my Monday post, today I am linking with-

Macro Monday 2 hosted by Gemma Wiseman

I Heart Macro hosted by Laura

Mandarin Orange Monday hosted by Lorik

Monday Mellow Yellows hosted by Gemma Wiseman

I find variegated foliage very enchanting, here is a great early spring example, one link in my continuous-bloom-succession scenario, the heavily silvered 'Excalibur' Pulmonaria-

Cowslip Primula-


Even more blooms on the Primula elatior 'Victoriana Laced'-

So, I am enjoying my line-up of latest flowers to bloom, soon to be joined by others pictured last year.   Hannah

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Monday, March 24, 2014


Welcome to my post, I am linking with-

Mandarin Orange Monday hosted by Lorik

I Heart Macro hosted by Laura

Macro Monday 2 hosted by Gemma Wiseman

Monday Mellow Yellows hosted by Gemma Wiseman

My house actually gained 2 dgrees heat beyond the setting on my thermostat the last 2 days, spring is here.   I enjoyed working in the garden in the sunshine.   Here is an extremely fragrant Daffodil, Martinette.

I'm late starting my tomatoes this year, but my little seedlings are doing great.   I am again starting seeds in small ziplock bags from a bead store, 2x3".   I cut a piece of paper towel to fit inside and this year I wanted fewer seedlings so I did 7 seeds just in case some didn't sprout, but in spite of using some old seeds from 2004 I had good germination, so I didn't really end up with fewer seedlings, present count is at 52.   Some will be for my son and daughter-in-law's garden.   I was busy so left them a little long so many had roots at 1" long, 2.5 cm, some were just barely sprouting.   I also can only do 10 or so per day since I microwave the potting soil/ perlite/ peat moss starting mix and do a few each evening, so the last seedlings are considerably behind the first, though started at the same time, though I start with the most developed sprouts so the slowest would naturally come last.   I start tomato seeds in ziplocks because I used to plant 4 seeds to a 2" pot and then have to split up the 1-4 sprouts and re-pot them later, and now I just pot one seedling per pot and save that step, and only use pots for viable seedlings.  The little seedlings have to be handled very carefully and when they are 1" long they are frequently twisted and hard to orient, but I just try to place the seed leaves just above or below the surface depending on if they are free of the seed coat, and the very wimpy pale seedlings in just a few days look like this, started March 1 and taken on March 24-

My tomato list for this year is:
New- Sweetie cherry tomato
New- Rio Grande paste tomato
Bicolor- Lucky Cross
Black Pear
Black Sea Man
Shapka Monomakh
San Marzano
Unk small round tomato
Verna's Orange Oxheart

To see my ziplock starting method and my tomatoes last year when ready to plant out, click here.

The star first bloomer of my perennials I started under lights November 15, 2013, the impressive Browallia speciosa, with bigger blooms than the B. americana I grew last year but shorter height.

I hope winter has loosened its grip on your garden now too.   Hannah

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