Tuesday, March 15, 2011
March 15th, bloomday…it’s almost Spring!
Almost, but not quite. It’s been cold and wet here in Portland, Oregon. Not exactly spring fever inducing weather, for us, or our blooms. My garden is a little behind the calendar this year. In fact I am quite disappointed in this bloomday showing. I should have had plenty of crazy big Grevillea juniperina 'Low Red' flowers to share. Instead I’ve got the one petal (?) above and lots of others almost ready to open. Since ‘Low Red,’ my first ever Grevillea, sailed through last winter I’ve already bought another. This one G. juniperina ‘Molonglo’ it will have deep gold flowers… When all these buds finally feel like opening that is. Another flower I thought I would be able to proudly share this bloomday…the Clematis armandii snowdrift refused to open! My Aeonium ‘salad bowl’ has been blooming for a couple of weeks now. The Euphorbia characias wulfenii are slowly making progress. I see others around town much further along than mine. Euphorbia amygdaloides var. Robbiae. Aucuba japonica ‘longifolia’ Helleborus x ballardiae Pink Frost. This one was a gift…it’s a little too pink for me to have purchased for myself, but I am loving the cheerful flowers. Now for the repeat performers still going strong from last Bloomday….Helleborus foetidus. A double shot of the Pieris japonica and Camellia. More of the Pieris (perhaps the most hated shrub in Portland? Haha….I’m talking to you Jane and Ryan! *update...Jane doesn't hate it, and neither does Ryan see their disclaimers below in comments*) And a Camellia close-up. Grape Hyacinth, or Muscari if you prefer. Arctostaphylos ‘Austin Griffiths’ (still definitely white, when it “should be” pink). And lastly Euphorbia rigida… And a close-up of the fabulous subtle coloring! Happy bloomday to you! Visit our lovely host Carol at May Dreams Gardens for a wrap up of everything blooming this March 15th.