Tax day? No, Bloomday. That is if you're a garden blogger and your priorities are in order. Our freakishly early spring here in the PNW has slowed down considerably. Or at least mine has. We've returned our our cool and wet weather, although if the weather guys have it right next week is going to be uncharacteristically warm, maybe even into the 80's!
When it comes to the garden sometimes it's the little things that make me happy, like the color echo between the new growth on the Cotinus ‘Royal Purple' and the blooming Pulsatilla vulgaris.
Only the really observant notice the tiny yellow star-shaped flowers on the Corokia Cotoneaster.
Oh this silly, wandering, Clematis montana var. rubens!
It grows in my garden (inherited) but is thrilled with the trellis my neighbor planted for her hops vine, it's kind of taken over their garage...
Most of the blooms are no longer in my garden.
I've previously mourned the blooming of the Lupinus albifrons, I didn't want to see flowers at the expense of foliage.
But at least the flowers are pretty sweet.
Grevillea ‘Poorinda Leane’ - it's been blooming for months.
Geranium phaeum 'Samobor'
Euphorbia x martinii 'Ascot Rainbow'
Saxifraga x urbium
Magnolia laevifolia, it's a fav.
Epimedium 'Amber Queen'
Podophyllum pleianthum, they're going crazy this year.
The leaves are bigger...
And the flowers more numerous.
The Banksia ericifolia bloom seemed to take a break for the winter months. It's been bulking up slowly as the temperatures have warmed.
Grevillea x gaudichaudii started to form the bottom bloom last summer. It's really getting with it now...
Ceanothus 'Dark Star'
Ajuga 'Black Scallop'
I thought the flowers would annoy me and detract from the foliage but that's not the case.
The Stachyurus salicifolius is having a very good year.
Such a cool plant.
And once I'd counted the Sonchus canariensis out for the season it looks like it's going to bloom after all.
To wrap things up we're heading inside...Ludisia discolor, there are several blooms on this dark leaf beauty. They're not all that spectacular and I've been threatening to cut them off.
There are a couple of aloe surprises this month too, Aloe 'Blue Elf'...
Blooming away in the basement.
Along with Aloe 'Carmine'
A pass-along from Ricki during the last blogger's plant swap.
I'll put a wrap on things with a small Begonia luxurians bloom. Another gift from a blogging friend (Peter) I am thrilled that I've managed to keep this one alive over the winter months. It's about time to start working things back outdoors. In fact I'm starting today, yay! For more bloomday fun visit May Dream's Gardens.
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