Wednesday, February 25, 2015

More Hats

One of the common names for Epimedium is Bishop's Hat. I don't actually know what a bishop's hat looks like, but I guess it kind of looks like an Epimedium flower.

Most of my Epimediums are just starting to put up stems from the ground that will become flowers. But this one (I don't know the name) is already flowering profusely. Epimedium is one of my favorite perennials for dry shade, but normally I don't cut them back till just about now. That becomes difficult when they've already sent up flower spikes, like this one has. The foliage looks tattered and spent, but the flowers are lovely and graceful.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Black Cats in Hats

Salix gracilistyla 'Melanostachys' aka Black Pussy Willow, still wearing the little cap that covers them when in bud

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Darling Buds of May

This is a Ceanothus bloom. A Ceanothus. There are only a few open, but the entire shrub is smothered in swelling buds that are about to pop.

What the what?

They usually bloom in May.

It's February. Yep, just checked the calendar. It's not May yet, it's still February.

Back in the Northeast, they are having apocalyptic winter weather. Here the plants think it's May.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Flowers That I Didn't Show For Bloom Day

For Garden Bloggers Bloom Day I showed only Hellebores, of which I have many. But there are plenty of other flowers out there, and I figured it would be useful to have a record of them for winter 2015, which is shaping up to be unusually warm and dry, with an early spring.

Grecian windflower/Anemone blanda




Garrya elliptica, flowering despite its short stature and manky foliage

Cyclamen coum

Erythronium already up and flowering, evidence of the above-mentioned early spring



Indian plum

Grevillea 'Marshal Olbricht'

Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Akebono'

And in the greenhouse:

Variegated Abutilon

Abutilon 'Red Tiger'

It's beginning to feel like spring is an unstoppable juggernaut. What do you think? I won't be surprised if there's another cold spell in our future, but I hope not.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

What I Bought At the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

Well, of course, I went to the show to shop! Despite the feeling that there were fewer plant vendors, I did manage to find some plants, as well as some garden art, and a handful of colorful pots.

Most of the plants that I bought, almost all of them, in fact, except for one, are not reliably hardy outside, so they'll be living in the greenhouse for a while, and summering outside.

Aloe variegata with 5 pups. Those tips are sharp.

Aloe variegata flower

Thanks to Peter for spotting this Begonia hemsleyana -- looks kind of like a Begonia luxurians, but the new foliage is speckled

Wonderful green-on-green variegation on my new Agave 'Mateo'

Sad face -- while wrestling all my plant purchases home, I managed to damage a couple of the Agave's arms

Begonia fuchsioides -- A Begonia that looks like a Fuchsia

Thanks again to Peter for spotting this one with red flowers

Rhipsalis teres, which will probably end up in a head planter

The only hardy plant -- Leucothoe 'Red Curls,' which stays small according to the tag

Two brightly colored small square pots just the right size for the 4-oz. cacti I bought recently at Home Depot

 You may have noticed the 'Old Lady' cactus has a pretty flower in her wiry white hair.

Gratuitous shot of Cactus flower

A fabulous set of Talavera pots, which together cost just slightly more than the single pot I got last month at Molbak's

Hanging octopus planter is as much art as it is container -- now I need to figure out what to plant in it

I'm planning to turn this cool gnarly stump into a Bromeliad tree -- I'll need to put it in a large pot, or maybe on a pedestal

I bought two of these fairies in leaves -- one will hang here on the Folly, the other is sitting in the rocks at the base of the Folly fountain at the moment, but might eventually find a different home

So, that's what I bought at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, and this is the end of this year's coverage of the show. I'm planning to go to Portland in a couple of weeks for the Yard, Garden and Patio Show. Wonder what treasures I'll find there?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wintertime...and the City Living is Easy...

This year the Small Space Showcase at the NWFGS had a specific focus -- demonstrating what city dwellers with small gardens or simple patios could do with a small amount of space. As a result, they had a certain sameness to them, all showing a patio with seating surrounded by decorations and large potted plants.

RHR Horticulture and Landwave Gardens -- Winner of an award for Best Plant Material

Ravenna Gardens -- Winner of an award for Best Use of Show Theme

AW Pottery