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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wildflower Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Welcome to my Wildflower Wednesday post, to see wildflowers blooming elsewhere, go to Clay and Limestone, hosted by Gail.

Wildflowers are just getting going in my yard, I have 2 acres that were once wooded, then logged and much turned into grass, but I have little pockets of native plants and a small corner of woods.  The first noticeable wildflower is Trillium ovatum, at 3-4", seen in a former post in a clump and aged to magenta, here-

The Cascade Oregon Holly Grapes are blooming-

The Indian Plum, Oemleria cerasiformis, has bloomed recently-

A tree that has wonderful pink blooms in spring is the Red-Flowering Currant, Ribes sanguineum-


The Stinging Nettle is blooming, it makes a healthful tea or a green drink when juiced, and is used for hair preparations as well.   Here it is growing with a native ground cover, Phacelia hastata, Pacific Waterleaf-

Some colorful Phacelias are grown elsewhere, but the native has a greenish flower-

The Claytonias are just beginning to bloom, Miner's Lettuce (perfoliata)-

and Spring Beauty, C. sibirica, which were not open because it is raining-

Monday, April 21, 2014

Continuous Bloom: Think Pink April 21, 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

Mandarin Orange Monday hosted by Lorik

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

First a peek at what my camera could manage of the total eclipse of April 15, 2014, first of a tetrad of total eclipses coming up this year and next, a prophetically significant event.   I couldn't see the second half of the eclipse when the light was returning because of clouds-

Some flower colors that go beautifully with pink, the true blue of Gentiana angustifolia from the Hortlandia sale, see the post on blue flowers in my garden as well-

The bright orange of Geum 'Totally Tangerine'-

In my quest for Continuous Bloom, I have found pink to be an ubiquitous flower color shade, most involving various degrees of magenta, which pigment in flowers is derived from anthocyanin, a flavonoid that actually has antioxidant health benefits as a color pigment in purple fruits.  Carotenoids can add  yellow or orange shading.  Some yellow roses, as well some white flowers such as Anemone nemorosa, build up magenta as they fade, to see the white stage and some wild pink flowers, go here-


My native white Trillium ovatum also turns magenta pink to purple, I love the clumps, which are like big bouquets, originally April 7-

And now-

The small ground cover Bellis perennis, usually white, sometimes with magenta as well on the 1/2" 1.5cm daisy-like flowers, on creeping plants that multiply slowly-

The delicate blooms of the wonderful ground cover Geranium macrorrhizum are blooming now, this evergreen conifer-scented plant spreads incredibly in dry shade-

Daphne 'Lawrence Crocker' also blooms pink, it remains a small rounded shrub after 12 years, with deep green glossy leaves that look good year round, here with my late Anemone nemorosa 'Vestal'-


The next big bloom machine is my yard are the Columbines, coming soon, which spread by self-sowing and can be double or single, tall or dwarf.   Here is a bud, typical Columbine spurs at the top-

I hope those of you in the Northeast US will soon recover from the grip of unseasonable cold weather and be able to enjoy your long-awaited spring.     Hannah

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Favorite Plant Pick of the Week April 18,2014

My Favorite Plant Pick of the Week is Daphne tangutica, one of my 3 surviving Daphnes along with 'Lawrence Crocker' and 'Summer Ice'.  To see other blogger's favorites, join Loree of Danger Garden and check the comments section.  She is featuring Magnolia laevifolia, which is strongly scented with a lemon fragrance and sounds wonderful.

Daphne tangutica blooms in the spring, and wafts a delightful fragrance.   Over the 12 years I have grown it, it has become a 3-4' rounded shrub, carefree and evergreen.   You can see it blooms very heavily-

The tubular flowers grow in clusters and have magenta-purple bases and reverses.

The deep green glossy leaves are evergreen and attractive when the Daphne in not in bloom as well.  It is a Great Plant Pick and hardy in zones 7-10.

Hannah

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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!   

Hannah

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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-
Close-ups-

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.
-Hannah

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