Friday, February 15, 2019

February 2019, Bloomday

We sailed through November, December and January without any sign of winter, I was a very happy gardener. Then February happened. We had an inch or so of snow overnight on Monday the 4th, then overnight on Friday the 8th between 2-3" fell here (depending on where I measured). The lowest low in my garden was 23F... neither the snow or the cold are all that remarkable. Just enough to remind me that I live in the PNW, where anything can happen. I have to admit that looking at photos of my friend's gardens in Seattle, I'm feeling a little PTSD. I look outside and see green, but I'm having flashbacks to the ice and snow of winter 2016/17. Seattle has been hit hard, I'm feeling very lucky here.

So, that's all to say we were on track for an early spring, but then things went on hold. Helleborus argutifolius was already blooming when winter arrived.

Helleborus argutifolius

THis Helleborus NOID is doing some interesting things with a couple of green petals.

Helleborus x ballardiae Pink Frost had been fairly upright until it was buried under the snow.

It's flowers are dirty now.

Helleborus 'Ice 'n Roses'

Helleborus x ‘Golden Sunrise’

I picked it up for a close-up (above), but then it stayed upright. I found the different shades of yellow intriguing.

Helleborus 'Black Diamond

NOID Helleborus  Helleborus  'Rio Carnival' I bought earlier this year, I have the tag, somewhere. It's very interesting with those dark bits exposed within the creamy petals. I'm curious what it will look like when open.

Helleborus x hybridus 'Jade Tiger' is the bloomiest. I love this plant!

Arctostaphylos x ‘Austin Griffiths' lost most of its flowers in the snow and wind.

I tried to snap a photo of the ones left on its branches but every single photo ended up blurry, like this one.

Grevillea miqueliana, old bloom.

Grevillea miqueliana, new bloom.

One of six Echium wildpretii I religiously covered each night during the week of cold, and uncovered during the day. I am hopeful they'll reward me with towers of pink blooms later this spring.

Abutilon Nuabtang looks a little worse for the wear (ditto for A. Nuabyel), but it's going to be putting out fresh new blooms soon, I'm sure of it.

Mahonia x media 'Marvel' is such a pretty yellow bloom.

A reminder of how cool the Aucuba japonica ‘Longifolia’ berries are...

Ceanothus 'Dark Star' is covered in buds, soon there will be flowers.

Euphorbia rigida

Flattened by the snow it's still on track for some amazing blooms.

Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Nanjing Gold' didn't miss a beat while covered with snow.

Normally I love photographing these flowers against a blue sky, but a cloudy one also gives an interesting perspective.

Although a green background shows off color much better.

It's a nonstop hummingbird performance if you're at that window, looking out. Sometimes they stop and rest just inches from where I am, on the other side of the glass.

Stachyurus salicifolius is another of the "almost" flowers. Obviously I can't resist sharing those during a bloomday post.

Indoors there are Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Rainbow' flowers. I cut branches to bring inside for a vase weeks ago, and the flowers appeared just a few days ago. Outside there aren't even buds on the branches yet.

And in time for Valentine's Day yesterday the Amaryllis burst out in luscious red...

Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting the Bloomday fun once again! If your're curious about how this tradition began read her "a brief history of A Brief History of Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day" which appeared on her blog yesterday.

Weather Diary, Feb 14: Hi 43, Low 36/ Precip .28"

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Get the Point!

Thanks to Gail Eichelberger of clay and limestone for sharing this vintage Valentine with me, and Happy Valentine's Day to all!

Weather Diary, Feb 13: Hi 45, Low 37/ Precip .04"

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Wednesday Vignette, warm gorilla

A few weeks ago I discovered a garden in the process of being planted and ended the post with a couple photos of a gorilla chained to one of antique horse rings found in the curbs throughout the city. I happened by that same garden on a walk last week and was happy to see someone's been making sure the gorilla doesn't get a chill, what with the cold weather we've been having.

Weather Diary, Feb 12: Hi 49, Low 37/ Precip .53"

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Catching up with an old favorite...

Where does time go? I mean really. I swear I drove by this garden not too long ago and those Yucca rostrata were not anywhere near this tall, it's like they've grown two feet since I saw them last.

Does the garden look familiar? Back when I knew the owners, and Lila and I still took long walks, I was by here all the time. Then the house sold, twice, and Lila didn't get much more than around the block, if that.

The timing of this visit—don't let that sun fool you, it was FRIGID when I took these pictures—had me thinking back to 2009 when I visited during another cold snap (here). This current walk-by occurred last Wednesday, pre-weekend snow.

This massive blooming Arctostaphylos is about to take over their driveway, I bet the hummingbirds love it, although none were out on this cold day.

The Melianthus is a fun addition, and it doesn't seem at all bothered by the cold.

Do you like the look of the untrimmed Yucca rostrata trunks? I'm not sure I do. Then again maybe I'm just biased because mine are trimmed. This is certainly less work!

I have vague memories of this Eucalyptus being damaged in a winter storm. If so It's recovered nicely.

I do remember those Opuntia pads flopped over from the cold one year, and many broken off.

It looks quite nice these days.

Looks like there is some Opuntia flopping happening behind the Arctostaphylos.

Take a good look at that Euphorbia between the two Yucca, I'm going to reference it again at the end of this post.

This Agave is recovering from previous damage quite nicely. Although you can see the new growth hasn't quite achieved the size of the old (the lower, longer, leaves).

Happy Agave parryi.

And pups.

Love the colored up Mahonia.

And this pair of Y. rostrata too, of course.

Looking at the hellstrip plants...

The biggest Cylindropuntia to be seen for miles.

Yucca linearifolia, I think? It looks like there was some pruning done nearby that's exposed it a bit more than it's used to.

These Euphorbia rigida look about like mine.

But remember that earlier one I showed you? I'm reminded of a post I did last spring "Euphorbia rigida, never the same plant twice" so strange!

Okay, I was getting cold, time to walk on.

I so wanted to move those hideous containers, they are the thorn in the side of many a Portland garden photographer!

Weather Diary, Feb 11: Hi 46, Low 37/ Precip .61"

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