Friday, April 14, 2017

Garden Bloggers Bloomday, for April 2017

I'm cheating, again. Tomorrow, the 15th, is actually Bloomday. But tomorrow is also Hortlandia, the big Hardy Plant Society of Oregon's spring plant sale. Thus, knowing I would be otherwise occupied, I took pictures early. Here's what's blooming in my garden this month. Oh and if you think it looks like March you'd be correct. Everything is so behind and a little stunted...we're still rediculously cold and wet...

Euphorbia amygdaloides ‘Ruby Glow’

Euphorbia 'Ascot Rainbow'

I wanted to get a close up of the 'Ascot Rainbow' flowers, and didn't notice at the time what else I was getting a close up of...

Gross

Daphne x houtteana, and in case you missed this post, that flowering under the leaves thing is perfectly normal.

Euphorbia rigida

I've been carrying on about how I love this plant because the stems are upright and less "leggy" than Euphorbia myrsinites. Winter however played crazy with a few of them. It's not a good look when seen from above.

Thankfully they still look good from other angles.

Bits of the Rosemary are blooming and happy.

Other bits look like this (winter damage).

Arctostaphylos densiflora ‘Harmony’, the last of my Manzanita trio to bloom.

Not that you'd know if I didn't tell you. The flowers all look the same!

Blueberry blooms, yum! (you know, future yum...I don't eat the flowers!)

I wasn't going to share the Hellebores this time, they've had a good run. Then these two go and jump in front of my camera, again. Helleborus 'Ice N' Roses Red' and H. foetidus

Yay! I'm going to have a Clematis 'Arctic Queen' flower!

Lots of them....

Grevillea victoriae 'Murray Queen' which has been in every bloomday post since last September. That's 8 months in a row, some of those under snow and encased in ice. Murray, you're a superstar!

Edgeworthia chrysantha ‘Akebono’ is nearing the end of it's run. It's yellow blooming sister in the front garden has entered into the ugly stage (blooms turning brown and falling to the ground).

Grevillea miqueliana, just my fourth-ever flower on this guy, who's been in the ground just under a year. I'm looking forward to a bright future here.

Euphorbia polychroma...bam! That's bright.

Seems to have been rather knocked back my winter though. Or maybe the heat of last summer? Either way it's come back smaller this year.

Euphorbia amygdaloides var. Robbiae

Thalictrum ichangense 'Evening Star' — newly purchased (at LPO) it came with flowers.

But I still had to share them.

Euphorbia cyparissias (maybe 'Fens Ruby'). My mom gave me a start of this plant years ago. I got upset with how ugly it looked one hot summer day and ripped it out. It's taken a couple of years to rebound. And they say it's invasive....

Now we're entering the "not quite blooms yet" category. Daphniphyllum macropodum v. humile, I love this stage with the new growth and little pink buds.

Stachyurus salicifolius, this is the best this plant has ever looked.

I am in love.

And lastly, Ceanothus 'Dark Star' — love the flowers, but I might love these buds even more.

Visit May Dreams Gardens tomorrow, April 15th, to see what other bloggers have shared for Bloomday!

Weather Diary, April 13: Hi 53, Low 42/ Precip .03"

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36 comments:

  1. Clearly that Stachyurus salicifolius appreciated the cold, wet winter and spring; gorgeous.

    Thanks for the early Bloom Day. If it warms up soon your normal April blooms will probably join the May crew, and what a festival that'll be!

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    1. Or it's just finally at the age where it can really strut its stuff? Maybe both...

      I like your idea of spring months crashing together, very much.

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  2. Euphorbias are the stars, aren't they? What reliable bloomers.

    I just planted a Ceanothus 'Julia Phelps', which supposedly is a very close relative of 'Dark Star' (but has better drought tolerance for our hot inland location). Most buds on mine as fully open, and it's glorious.

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    1. Oh yes, that is a good Ceanothus!

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  3. I was just about to go out to take pictures for bloom day and suddenly the sun turned into rain. Hopefully it's just a passing shower and I'll get another good stretch of sun today to take photos, otherwise my post will have to wait until next week! My, that Euphorbia 'Ascott Rainbow' does have a lot of aphids. Hopefully the ones here don't discover mine. That Stachyurus is absolutely stunning!

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    1. In my garden, unfortunately, Euphorbia and aphids seem to go together.

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  4. I'm sorry that you're still wet up there but it looks as though the garden is fighting its way into spring anyway! I'm surprised to see aphids on 'Ascot Rainbow' and will trot outside shortly to check mine. I love that Stachyurus, which I've also seen in some posts out of the UK. I see that PlantLust and Monrovia claim it can handle zone 10...

    Have fun at Hortlandia!

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    1. I've found that aphids are drawn to the Euphorbia in my garden, no matter the species. Hortlandia was great fun!

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  5. I have never seen an Edgeworthia that color. It is fantastic. Grevellea is something I really need to get.

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    1. You really do! Maybe at Hortlandia?

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  6. Your Stachyurus is so gorgeous! The itty-bitty one I planted a couple of years ago succumbed to neglect last year. I don't think I ever really watered it enough to get ti established. It's so tempting, but I'm going to wait to try again.

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    1. After seeing huge Stachyurus in Monrovia pots at the Seattle nurseries I visited during the Seattle Fling, I then came home and bought a little guy from Cistus. So it's taken 6 years to finally make a statement.

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  7. Stachyurus salicifolius is a show stopper this year in your garden! Oh, those grevilleas! Lost my 'Murray Queen' last year to some sort of damage but I noticed that a little piece of it is coming back. Thought of you today at the Rhododendron Species Garden Foundation sale where an opuntia and three grevilleas hopped into my wagon. Euphorbia polychroma - wow!

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    1. An Opuntia and three Grevillia, nice work!

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  8. Beautiful flowers, and it is always good to look at buds and think of future blooms
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!
    Happy Easter!

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    1. Thanks Lea, right back at you!

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  9. Hello, I've come over from GBBD to have a drool. So many lovely things. I'm particularly envious of your Euphorbias. I'm building a new collection having moved. I'd forgotten about polychroma. Just adding it to my list...

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    1. Glad to provide the reminder, it's a fav.

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  10. Yes, yes, the Stachyurus. Never weary of Hellebores, either. Have fun at Hortlandia, I can only envy such an event.

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    1. Perhaps you and the LA gang should venture up some year....

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  11. Great flowers dispight your being behind. We are about two weeks ahead and have a garden group coming around in one week and I am afraid that many of the tulips will be over by then!

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    1. There's always something to worry about in the garden isn't there? If we're not behind, we're ahead!

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  12. Love the Thalictrum 'Evening Star'.

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    1. Perhaps it's time to acquire one for your very own?

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  13. your stachyrus has caused my envy reaction to kick in...spectacular!

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    1. You've got plenty of space for one, just sayin'...

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  14. That photo of the two Hellebores is stunning. They are such fabulous plants. Plus I always go crazy when I see all the great Euphorbias you can grow. And i have to figure out if there is anywhere I could put that Clematis. I loved it when you wrote about it recently.

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    1. Surely you can squeeze it in!!!

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  15. The hellebores are just gorgeus! I love, adore hellebores but I live in South America (subtropical climate) and could not grow them to save my life! I'm green with envy!

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    1. And, of course, I am green with envy over all that you can grow!

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    2. unattainability is always attractive! All my life I've been in several "zone denial" looking to English cottage gardens as models of what my garden in east Argentina should look like (talk about being defeated before I even began!) But after 20 years fighting an uphill battle trying to stablish a rose garden that is sticky, siclky bushes defoliated by black spot and powdery mildew for most par of the year I feel tired and defeated... the same can be said about Tulips, Peonies, Hostas and other plants that made up the English Garden of my dreams,all of them doomed to failure in my subtropical humid heat. On the other hand Agaves, Euphorbias Lotus, Plumerias, Cycas, Aloes, Cacti and Aeoniums grow lusciously here and need so much less - if at all -propping up than the plants of the traditional English herbaceous border, I'm slowly starting to like them, your blog helps a lot.

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  16. "Rosemary, what rosemary", I say. That manzanita blooming is to be coveted, Danger!

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    1. Glad you like it! But the Rosemary...

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  17. We don't have any of those in the topics, i noticed many yellow green with yellow flowers. If only my favorite ornamental has that color it would be very nice. There is only one hoya with almost those colors.

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    1. Lots of yellow green in my garden, it's a favorite, thanks for stopping by!

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  18. Another fan of the Stachyurus. I'm hoping my datisca/false hemp survives and does something along those lines. So great to see signs of life in your garden -- all those dire weather reports of ice storms had me worried!

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