Monday, March 15, 2010

Bloomday, March 15th

It's March 15th? How the heck did that happen? And am I the only one who was totally blindsided by Daylight Savings Time this year, yesterday just disappeared before I even got started! Okay, on to the March blooms in the danger garden....Berginea. Don't know why I love it but I do. And my silly 'candy cane' Camellia (my name - not the actual). It's just so damn happy, and that is why I love it.
Plus the fact that it dead-heads itself...
Clematis armandii snowdrift...weaving its way through the Hydrangea...
Euphorbia 'Blackbird'...amazing color in those bracts! Pieris japonica in the background.
And the Euphorbia madness starts...I couldn't help myself. I have so many different varieties of this amazing plant. I just went a little crazy taking pictures. This is just the beginning too, come April the Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii will be in full incredible splendor!
Can you guess which direction the sun is?
These little Grape Hyacinth are growing next to our neighbors house and our driveway.
I hope you can see the wonderful blooms on this grass (can't find the label to tell you it's name).
I probably should have waiting until next month to share the blooms on the Laurel, it's a bit early, but I thought they were looking especially fun at the moment.
I know, not really a bloom, but it makes me as happy. Leucadendron salignum 'Golden Tip' not really golden anymore though.
And these little Narcissus which are growing on the north side of our house. I forget about them, which is why they look so good. If I saw them regularly I wouldn't be able to leave the dying foliage alone and the wouldn't get the nourishment they need to put on this show...
May Dreams Gardens is the place to go to see even more March blooms!


  1. I don't know why you wouldn't love your Berginea-it's beautiful! I've never thought too much about Euphorbias, but yours are very cool looking.

  2. Fantastic blooms and photo. You do have a wonderful collection.

  3. aloha,

    you have alot of beautiful blooms coming from your garden today and it looks like alot of sweet smelling blooms also...thanks for sharing....i love the leucandendrons also and your various euphorbias a real sign of spring with their chartreuse colors :)

  4. i think you caught the Laurel at its very best. i seem to like everything best before it really gets going.

  5. I have always had a bit of a soft spot for bergenias, too. Yours is a nice deep pink. Euphorbia time is wonderful: there's just nothing like those first, intense, acid green shoots. I just came from admiring Ricki's at twig-to-sprig and here you are presenting another amazing show of them! Nice grass, too.

  6. I love E. wulfenii, but have been left at the altar on more than one occasion. I now have one coming up far away from the site of the original planting, though I will not get excited yet.

    On Sunday my employees sheepishly asked me when I was planning to go to lunch, they know I like to take the first shift. I told them it was barely noon, and then they reminded me about the time change.

  7. Loads of lovely blooms to welcome spring, and that Euphorbia 'Blackbird' is truly eye catching.

  8. Nice blooms. I really like your euphorbia collection. Until recently my only luck with genus was the weedy spurge, but I finally found an ornamental species that likes me. They seem to really like your garden. Enjoy!

  9. Happy Bloom Day! I am so lame, I haven't been participating even though some stuff is blooming. Oh well, I will just enjoy yours. I am still on the fence about euphorbia in my own garden (despite having let a rather large one seed itself - it is now blooming its head off so I wonder how many more 'babies' will be arriving in the coming months - but I love them in yours, especially the 'Blackbird.'

  10. What a lot you have in bloom! I especially lingered over the euphorbias, which I love, but the characias types are marginally hardy here, and wulfenii is just out of my league. So I'll sigh over yours, and wait for signs of mine to appear. I did see a shoot of 'Fireglow' peeking out of the garden on the weekend, looking for all the world like a reddish pink asparagus, so it won't be long now.

  11. I have been waiting for daylight saving time since Dec 8. That is when I declare (sometimes shouting down the streets) "it is dark outside"...and who cannot forget..."wow it is dark out".
    Again, I do not know why it took me so long to come around to Euphorbias. You have a great showing here...thanks! Matti

  12. Exactly, Loree. I plant my daffs in obscure places too so the dying foliage won't drive me crazy.

    I was literally shocked, [okay not literally] by the sight of your ROUND LEAF Bergenia. Where's the danger in that? LOL

    Oh those Laurel flowers. The bees love them but if they go to seed, a trillion babies will curse you until the day you die--such dilemmas....

    Your Grape Hyacinth photo is award worthy. Love it.

  13. Dreamybee,'s just so common! And pink, hot pink. Doesn't seem very dangerous does it?

    Dan & Deb, thanks!

    Evelyn, thank you to you too!

    Noel, spring definitely! Even on a grey day the chartreuse is so bright and cheerful.

    ricki, I never stopped to think about it but I think you're to!

    Jane, the grass is so bizarre, I wish I had planted it somewhere more noticeable, it's kind of tucked away.

    Jo, thanks for stopping by! I look forward to checking out your blog.

    Les, really? What do you think it is? Too cold? Or just finicky plants?

    Nicole, I love it too, and hope it retains it's interesting color.

    lostinthelandscape, yes I hope I don't bore everyone as April is sure to be even more Euphorbia-rific!

    Karen, is it the toxic sap that has you worried? With a kid I understand...but they are FABULOUS!

    jodi, "reddish pink asparagus" what a wonderful description!

    Matti, this sounds like me. Normally I have the event written in capitol letters on every calendar I own. I think being unemployed (and thus enjoying more daylight) allowed it to sneak up on me this year.

    Grace,'s SHOCKING that is why it's dangerous! Ok truth be told the Bergenia came with me from Spokane. Thus is has a fond memory attached. A friend there called them 'pig squeal'....I loved that. Oh, and I am pulling Laurel babies right now, from last year. Luckily they come out pretty easily.


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