Last week at this time I thought spring would be skipping Portland gardens this year. Cold and grey rainy day after cold and grey rainy day. Then something magical happened last Thursday and suddenly we could go outside without it hurting. I've since gotten in a couple long days of garden clean up. There is hope...
Of course the plants are happy too, they soaked up the warm sun and lifted their faces to the sky.
And thus I have actual Euphorbia rigida flowers to share on this, March 15th edition, of Garden Bloggers Bloomday, hosted my Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
So so happy! (them and me)
While shooting the Euphorbia I discovered my first ever Daphne x houtteana bloom. It's not much to look at, but I'm thrilled the plant is happy enough to bloom.
It's also fixen to push out plenty of new foliage to replace all that winter took away.
Euphorbia 'Ascot Rainbow' is a little behind in opening it's flowers.
Sill plenty of color though.
Arctostaphylos densiflora ‘Sentinel’continues to bloom.
And even though big chunks of my sprawling Rosemary died (too cold? too much ice?), the bits that lived are blooming.
Speaking of cold and ice, Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Nanjing Gold' wasn't fazed a bit. Even though the buds were completely covered in ice they still opened to form this amazing ball of yellow flowers...
I wish you could smell them. Intoxicating fragrance...
And there are so many of them!
The orange flowering version, Edgeworthia chrysantha ‘Akebono’, is a little behind it's yellow counter-part but still looking grand.
I love the varied shades of orange as the individual flowers open.
The plant is finally putting on some size too.
In other Euphorbia news, E. amygdaloides var. Robbiae is about to burst into full bloom.
And I finally managed to stake the Grevillea victoriae 'Murray Queen' so it's upright again (heavy snow and ice had it bent over).
The leaves and flowers are all a little confused and facing the wrong direction now, since they had gotten used to life at a 45 degree angle.
I got all excited about my first Grevillea miqueliana flower and then forgot to photograph it for this post. Hence I stole this image from my own Instagram feed.
Sonchus canariensis, aka soggy monster dandelion flowers.
There are lots of blooms on the Jasminum nudiflorum this year, it's about time!
Here's a pair enjoying life with my mossy rock.
Okay, finally, the Hellebores, Helleborus argutifolius...
Helleborus 'I lost the tag, but isn't it grand'...
Helleborus 'I can't remember and winter wasn't kind'...
And finally the ones I've purchased new this year. Yes, they're all still sitting right by the back door where I placed them when I bought them weeks ago. It's been so ugly outside that this is the only place I was guaranteed to see them every day, here they can brighten my spirits and remind me there are many sunny days ahead.
Helleborus x 'Black Diamond'
Helleborus x 'Golden Sunrise'
And finally Helleborus 'Ice N' Roses Red', which is much more wine colored than it looks here. You guys....SPRING!!!
Weather Diary, March 14: Hi 57 Low 49/ Precip .67"
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