Thursday, April 15, 2021

It's Garden Bloggers Bloomday, for April, 2021

Well here we are, it's April Garden Blogger's Bloomday! My first ever GBB post was April 15th of 2009, that means I've been playing along with this meme for twelve years—and so I've got a record of what's blooming in my garden each month going back those twelve years. Amazing! Referencing that first post there's only one plant blooming back then that's still blooming this year, I'll call it out shortly. But first, we start with Euphorbia rigida...

The acid yellow/green bracts of euphorbia are a common sight here in Portland gardens in the springtime. I love them, but also dread when the time comes to cut them back because I have to suit-up so as not to get any of the irritating sap on my skin (or worse, in my eyes). My friend Mary Ann shared a horror story on Facebook earlier this week about some kids in Boise, Idaho, who were snapping the stems and using the white latex sap like sunscreen lotion. They ended up in the emergency room with burns on their skin. Be very careful with this plant!

So this euphorbia, E. amygdaloides var. robbiae is the only plant that was blooming in my garden in April 2009 and is still blooming here in April 2021. Crazy! And of course it's not the same exact plant per se, but a descendant of, as it's moved across my garden, several feet. I've not ever planted another so it's heritage can be traced right straight back to that original.

It feels like this rosemary has been blooming at least that long, and if you counted up the actual months spent blooming I'm sure it would knock that silly euphorbia right out of the park.

Daphne x houtteana

These white flowers belong to Arabis procurrens 'Variegata', which is not any of the plants you see in the background.

This is the actual plant creating the flowers.

Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Rainbow'

Epimedium x rubrum, flowers just starting to open. There are much more now, just a day or so later.

The epimedium foliage associated with the flowers.

How fabulous that this Helleborus  'Onyx Odyssey' is forming seeds. Babies would be much appreciated.

Arctostaphylos densiflora ‘Harmony’

The end of Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Nanjing Gold'

Whereas Edgeworthia chrysantha ‘Akebono’ is still going strong.

Helleborus foetidus

Almost flowers on Magnolia laevifolia.

Arisarum proboscideum, a plant I thought was gone, only to see it resurface! 

I've collected a few different gingers in the garden. This one, Asarum caudatum, a local gardener gave me last spring. I remember digging plants in her garden when we both realized we were way to close, and backed up. That was early days of COVID and before masks were standard. 

Such an odd memory and a cool plant.

A recent purchase from Joy Creek Nursery, Asarum europaeum.


And of course the strange blooms of panda face ginger, Asarum maximum 'Ling Ling' (still in it's container also).

Kinda spooky, yet also cool.

Another from the "almost" camp, Stachyurus salicifolius,


And here's an exciting development. Yes indeedy, the two oldest Echium wildpretii are finally giving it up and they're going to bloom. Exhibit A...

And Exhibit B...

It's interesting to watch the the little flower clusters along the stem forming.

Just a few more bloomday entries, the space-ship like flowers of Epimedium 'Amber Queen'.

Here's Epimedium wushanense 'Spiny Leaf Form'.

Both of these are shade-lovers who are currently doing their best to cope with sun, under Clifford, our big leaf magnolia (Magnolia macrophylla) who has not quite leafed out yet.

Arisaema ringens

And finally, our last image for this bloomday (hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens—did I already say that?) is from the basement. Since the basement garden hasn't migrated outdoors yet due to a very cool spring, my Aporophyllum Shirley 'Sun Cactus' is blooming indoors. What a sight... happy spring!

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Wednesday Vignette; a warning and words to live by

First the warning...

I've seen a few folks post this graphic (words/image) on a door mat version. I suppose that makes more sense—warning visitors about what they'll find inside. But first I saw it on a dish towel and had to have it.

This second one was my favorite of the two, well, until I got it home and realized when I threw the towel over the oven door handle you couldn't even see the best part...

This! Words to live by...


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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

My own private Hortlandia

Hortlandia is the name of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon's spring plant sale. Independent nurseries from all over the PNW gather under one roof and fill tables with their plant offerings. The sale runs one weekend in April, hundreds of volunteers staff the event—from set up, to holding area, check out, loading and tear down. Hundreds of people attend and buy several thousand plants. It is an awe inspiring event. I've attended every year since we moved to Portland, that is until last year, when COVID cancelled the fun. Obviously the 2021 event has met a similar demise—cancelled. There is talk of a mini (make-up) Hortlandia in June, but until then, I've decided to create my own private Hortlandia...

What does that mean? Let's define it as this... all out brazen, audacious, plant purchasing. Yep! Let the spending begin! This was my haul after doing the Highway 30 Triumvirate of Means, Joy Creek and Cistus Nurseries—a name I use in dedication to the Outlaw Gardener.

First the Means Nursery haul...Astilbe 'Chocolate Shogun'

And a 5-gallon size Agave 'Blue Glow', yes please!

Together...

From Joy Creek...

Asarum europaeum, European wild ginger. Those leaves!

I hit the saxifrage hard, as I do every spring, Saxifraga x macnabiana

Saxifraga x longifolia hybrid

And (thanks for digging this one out for me Tamara!), Salvia discolor. It's been a few years since this beauty has graced my garden and I am very, VERY, excited to be growing it again. It's all about the little black flowers it will produce, photos here.

A Joy Creek haul shot...

Next stop, Cistus, where I was thrilled to pick up this Mahonia lomariifolia ssp. tenuifolia, oh yah! 

Mahonia gracilis, the "graceful" mahonia—and yes, I was on a bit of a mahonia binge.

Mahonia eurybracteata 'Cistus Silvers'

Because it wasn't all Mahonia, Astelia 'Red Devil' (x3)...

Epimedium grandiflorum 'Purple Pixie'

And last, but not least, Pyrossia lingua 'Nokogiri-ba'...

Cause you know I want all the Pyrrosia and this one is extra cool because it was grown from spore by my friend Ann.

The Cistus haul...

Oh, can't forget the big, beautiful mahonia.

The weekend before my Highway 30 spending-spree I visited Secret Garden Growers and did a little damage there too...

I bought a pair of Begonia pedatifida, a Dan Hinkley collection.

A pair of Aspidistra 'China Star'

Another Pyrrosia (or two), P. lingua Ogon Nishiki (aka variegated tongue fern).

Those little leaves send me!

After experiencing my first arisaema success with an A. ringens I bought at Secret Garden Growers last year, I bought two more...which will go very near my first.

And lastly this! It's a tiny Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Prostrata' and I am very excited! One of these already growing in my garden but adding another is huge—they are very hard to find. This one is a rooted cutting (again thanks to my plant propagating friend Ann) from a plant in Alyse Lansing's garden. Yay! (that's friends times three Ann, Alyse and Pat—owner of Secret Garden Growers who gave me this plant as a gift)

Last week I also spent a Gift Certificate I had for Garden Fever, this Epimedium wushanense 'Sandy Claws'... 

Struthiopteris spicant/Blechnum spicant/deer fern...

And Adiantum pedatum ‘Imbricatum’ came home with me.

So that's the plant purchasing! Now some of you might be wondering where in the hell I plan on planting all of these things! Well, here and there, but there are four areas that I've been working on opening up that need a lot of plants if I am to maintain my cramscaping reputation. First is under the loquat, which I am finally—slowly—limbing up to let it be the tree it wants to be is finally becoming.

And what do you know!? There's bare soil under there!

Oh and look! Three other plants I recently purchased are stashed under there, a trio of Mahonia eurybracteata 'Soft Caress' from Tony's Garden Center.

And since we're talking Tony's, I bought three Asarum maximum 'Ling Ling' there too, can't forget those!

Back to the "empty" space photos... at the north end of the patio I made good on my threat to remove the overgrown and looming Ceanothus 'Dark Star', so there is a lot of space that needs to be planted (I also got rid of that metal vent planter shortly after this photo was taken).



Out in the front garden there's still a big empty space where I removed the Grevillea 'rivularis' and company.

Sadly both of my Acca sellowiana (Pineapple Guava) have lost a significant number of leaves thanks to the freak cold snap in February. The defoliated branches aren't helping how this corner of the garden looks.

The final area I'm buying for is this chronically ugly spot to the south of our front steps.

Yes, those are all dropped Acca sellowiana leaves.

The plant itself (in the pot) is looking pretty sad. I hope they both will regrow some of their leaves, only time will tell. I might need to start thinking about replacing them if ugly is the new normal there.

Now I need to get started planting!

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