January in my garden was grey, wet, and warm, it was actually the second warmest January on record here in Portland. As for rain, our "normal" precipitation for the month is 4.88", this year it was 7.58". To say I was feeling distanced from my garden doesn't even begin to describe the feeling, I hadn't done anything out there all month! So when last Thursday morning started off sunny I seized the opportunity for a walk around the garden. Naturally I wasn't planning to take photos, I was still in my pajamas even. But the phone was in my hand and so I recorded some of what I saw...
Helleborus x hybridus 'Jade Tiger' (above and below)
Helleborus x 'Golden Sunrise'
Helleborus 'Black Diamond'
Helleborus x ballardiae Pink Frost
Helleborus 'Onyx Odyssey'
This was a surprise, I've never seen the Fatsia polycarpa ‘Needhams Lace’ in such glorious bloom...
It beats the F. japonica hands down, much more lovely.
While there are buds all over the Ceanothus 'Dark Star' this brave little guy decided to go ahead and open. In January!
I picked up this Aspidistra zongbayi 'Old Glory' at a pop-up event my friends Ann and Evan did at Xera Plants last year. Isn't it fabulous?
Oh! And I'm thrilled to announce that I'm doing a pop-up at Xera this year! Mark your calendars for May 30th, more details to come, but it will involve cool plants in creatively re-purposed containers. Oh and Ann and Evan are doing one at Joy Creek Nursery on June 7th.
The seeds on my Aucuba japonica ‘Longifolia’ are starting to color up. I love this plant!
This "stick" was laying on the ground near the shade pavilion greenhouse, it's the skeleton from a cylindropuntia I grew in the front garden years back. All summer it laid on a table under the shade pavilion, that is until it disappeared. I'm glad to have it back, I wonder what animal moved it around?
I think I've finally figured out how I can have cyclamen foliage in my garden. Anytime I've planted them in the ground they just vanish. I get to enjoy them for a season and they never return. Maybe planting them in a dish planter will be the answer? I've definitely enjoyed this one.
After years of not jumping on the epimedium bandwagon I'm glad I finally did, but with a spiky bent.
My lawn! Hahaha, whenever people talk about removing the moss from their lawn I laugh and imagine how horrified they would be seeing mine.
Am I right?
New foliage on Lonicera x brownii 'Dropmore Scarlet', the old foliage needs to go away!
So far (I know anything can still happen, winter is not over) my five Echium wildpretii are doing fine. This should mean tall dramatic bloom spikes this spring.
Love this strange foliage thing this one is doing.
Sedum spathulifolium 'Carnea', Calluna vulgaris 'Stockholm', and Hebe ochracea 'James Stirling' in these dish planters. The colorful plant on the round is Astelia nivicola 'Red Devil'.
A new spear on a Trachycarpus wagneriensis,
Aloe aristata, now known as Aristaloe aristata
Is there anything better than agave shadows?
Warning, there are going to be a lot of Euphorbia rigida photos. I just can't help myself.
There's another of the Echium wilpretii.
Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Nanjing Gold'
I got a little carried away here too...
A NOID Lewisia
And more Euphorbia...
And more mahonia, with Agave ovatifolia 'Frosty Blue'... another gardening season is ahead and I am thrilled!
Weather Diary, Feb 2: Hi 45, Low 30/ Precip trace
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