Friday, April 15, 2011
April Bloomday, 2011…slowly things are happening.
What a miserable cold and grey spring we are having here in Portland, OR. The local paper recently ran a chart detailing our exceptional quantity of grey days, because of the cold grey everything seems to be behind in flowering…maybe that’s why I had a hard time choosing just one image to represent each flower. They are each so special in this gloomy spring that I’m treasuring them more than ever. First the Euphorbia, since for me they are THE flower of spring. At the top and below is Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii. Euphorbia Ascot Rainbow Euphorbia cyparissias Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fireglow’ Euphorbia myrsinites Euphorbia polychroma Euphorbia rigida Next up is an inherited pest that I control by pulling and pulling but it just comes back stronger, Vinca minor. Rosemary The Saxifraga x urbium 'Aureopunctata' hasn’t really started blooming but I still thought I would share it because it’s just so darn cute! The same for the Point Reyes Ceanothus. Unknown Kalanchoe, purchased already blooming at last week’s Hardy Plant Society of Oregon’s spring plant sale. A couple of repeats from last month…Pieris japonica. And the Hellebores. Next up my current fav’s…this was my first Manzanita, Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Harmony.’ It is completely irrational how much I love this plant. Blooms or no blooms it’s the red/brown stems and leaves that send me. Acacia pravissima, I am really doing a disservice to this gorgeous plant by not putting it in a better place to photograph (that’s the plastic of the shade pavilion greenhouse behind it). The Grevillea juniperina 'Low Red' has finally started to erupt into bloom. My new little Magnolia (Magnolia laevifolia). If it’s got this many blooms going when it’s this small just imagine when it’s bigger! And last up a couple of small blooming odditites, new to the danger garden. First the Poncirus trifoliata. And yes, those aren’t really in bloom yet but they are still way cool so I’m sharing them...or maybe those aren't really blooms at all and instead are the leaves? I'll be watching.The smallest flowers ever (in my garden at least) Hymenanthera alpina. And the best part is that all of these tiny little flowers should eventually turn into cool white berries! That’s April 2011 bloomday in my garden, visit May Dreams Gardens to see what’s blooming around the world on this April 15th.