Sunday, April 15, 2012

Bloomday, April 2012


It’s an odd Bloomday in my garden this April. I feel a little out of sync with things, as though we aren’t quite on the same calendar page, do you ever feel this way in your garden? None-the-less here are the blooms in my garden today…some old, some new, and some not yet quite fully in bloom: Euphorbia amygdaloides var. Robbiae (above and below)…
Euphorbia 'Ascot Rainbow'

Euphorbia characias wulfenii
Euphorbia characias wulfenii and my husband showing off his Garden Fever temporary tattoo (they said they were for the kids…but really “kid” is more of a mindset than anything)…
Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fireglow’

Euphorbia rigida

If you look close there is a Euphorbia polychroma in the midst of the Galium odoratum (Sweet Woodruff).
I think the Galium odoratum will unfortunately be the “Bishops Weed” I leave behind for a future gardener here at this address…
Helleborus foetidus
Pieris japonica

Vinca, the damn Vinca! Someday I’ll be project free, and ready to tackle this, which I guess means I’m not really project free until then…
Acacia pravissima
Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Harmony'

Aucuba japonica ‘longifolia’

Ceanothus ‘Joyce Coulter’
Clematis armandii 'Snowdrift'
Edgeworthia chrysantha ‘Akebono’
Sonchus canariensis, basically a Dandelion on steroids, about to bloom (and I am so excited about that)…

Grevillea juniperina 'Low Red'
Grevillea victoriae 'Murray Queen'

And finally an unknown Kalanchoe just acquired yesterday from Ricki of Sprig to Twig in a Portland garden bloggers plant exchange. Here are the leaves…
And the blooms (thanks Ricki!)…
Visit our hostess for this most honored of memes Carol/May Dreams Gardens for the full Bloomday run-down.

21 comments:

  1. Love the euphorbia griffithii Fireglow! Reminds me of a poinsettia, a fave of mine.

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    1. Yes you're right it does have that look to it...and of course you know they are related!

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    2. p.s. loved the story behind your (coffee) name!

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  2. aloha,

    i loved the euphorbia show, chartruese is one of my favorite colors in the garden especially with black like your mondo grass...the grevilleas are also one of my favorite plants, thanks for sharing your beautiful garden this morning.

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    1. "the Euphorbia show" that's what I should have called my Bloomday post! Thank you for stopping by Noel.

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  3. Beautiful and amazing variety of blooms for this April. I don't have much blooming now so I'll just enjoy the other posts.

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    1. But we'd love to see what you do have blooming Shirley!

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  4. I am still in love with all your euphorbias, especially that shot of Euphorbia characias wulfenii with Japanese forest grass beneath it. Love! I would also love to have been part of the Portland garden bloggers get-together. Bet you all had fun!

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    1. We did have fun Pam, and I had some Japanese forest grass to share too...too bad you weren't there to grab it!

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  5. Love all that chartreuse in the garden! Especially mixed in with the black grass. Keeps it so fresh and unfussy. Wish euphorbias grew so happily here in Texas.

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    1. I wish they did too...they are wonderful plants!

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  6. Not as damned as English ivy, but yes damned vinca. Happy GBBD!

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    1. Guess what's mixed in with the Vinca? Yep...that's right. It's the double whammy of bad-ass!

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  7. Ah I've had my euphorbia hit. They have the most amazing blooms.

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    1. Glad I could provide the hit! Come back later in the week when I'm doing a whole Euphorbia post...

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  8. I'm jealous of your Joyce Couter ceanothus. And thanks to your examples above in past years, I do finally have one Euphorbia in the garden (somehow I don't even think about Euphorbia myself for Bloom Day!) As for the vinca - good for you picturing it...I have it, I love it, I photographed it, but I was too chicken to show it today!

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    1. Chicken why? Because folks would get on you for planting a (kind of) invasive plant? But it's your garden!!!

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  9. I am swooning over your clematis and all the euphorbia. You always make me want every plant you have in your yard!

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    1. Did you get one of the baby Euphorbias I brought to the exchange? If not I've got another (bigger) one, remind me and it's yours!

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  10. It looks like a Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi you have there. They are stunning.

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  11. Susan is absolutely right, and you are most welcome. Thank YOU for putting it all together.

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