Saturday, May 16, 2015

Foliage Followup -- May, 2015

The day after Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is Foliage Followup, when many garden bloggers celebrate the role of foliage as the backbone of the garden. It's hosted by Pam Penick of the blog Digging, and you can find her post here. Check out the comments, with links to posts from other bloggers.

This month, I've just wandered the garden looking for whatever strikes my fancy, and I've come up with quite a lot. My fancy has been struck so hard, it's hurting!

Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy' rising like a crown from a patch of Sedum 'Angelina'

Musa sikkimensis


An Opuntia pad that broke off a recent purchase has rooted and started to produce a second pad, so I'm going to let it spend the growing season in the ground

Achillea 'Moonshine' and Cardoon

The same from a little further back, with the swordlike foliage of a patch of Crocosmia

Water droplets on Magnolia macrophylla

Golden Carex and Heuchera 'Palace Purple'

New pin oak foliage


Spirea 'Magic Carpet' and Eryngium

The rosettes of Sempervivum look like flowers, but they're leaves

A quartet of foliage (from bottom right): Diphylleia cymosa, Hosta 'Sum and Substance,' Schefflera delavayi, and Rheum palmatum

A profusion of gold and purple

Sickle-keeled Lupine (Lupinus albicaulis) and Cardoon

Long shot of the back garden, looking distinctly primordial

Ain't leaves grand?

Friday, May 15, 2015

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day -- May, 2015

Q: If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?

A: Pilgrims.

Did schoolchildren here on the West coast tell that silly joke too? Growing up in Massachusetts, living for 25+ years only one town away from Lexington and Concord, where the American Revolution began, I was raised with a very concrete awareness of early American history. That little tidbit is, of course, neither here nor there.

It's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, hosted by Carol Michel of May Dreams Gardens. In the case of this May, our May flowers have brought even more May flowers. Also, yes, we're having showers, but we really could use some heavy rain. Here in the PNW we are heading into the dry summer season with a major deficit of precipitation.

The lilacs at the end of the driveway are again loaded with flowers, although I do nothing to them.

The scent seems to perfume the entire neighborhood

Chives in the herb garden are flowering

And the ornamental Alliums too

One Brugmansia flower survived the recent repotting
One of my Daturas, grown from seed last year, is finally flowering. It never grew big enough to flower last year, so I dug it and overwintered it in the greenhouse. But now I'm sadly disappointed. It was supposed to be a double purple flower.

Not a double flower

Only the backside is purple.

Abutilon 'Red Tiger' enjoying some fresh spring air

California poppies have started opening on these recent sunny days

Centaurea dealbata

Lunaria annua/Honesty/Money plant


Primula bulleyana

The very last Dicentra 'Valentine'


I'm not sure if the fab foliage is photo-bombing my shot of the 'Gold Heart' Dicentra flowers, or if it's the other way around.


Clematis 'Josephine'

My bear grass (Xerophyllum tenax) is flowering after 5 years in the ground

I have a variety of self-sown Columbines flowering all over the garden.

And our PNW native Aquilegia formosa

And, in the category of incipient flowers:

Magnolia macrophylla

Callistemon 'Woodlander's Hardy' -- the shrub is covered in these cool flower buds

A second Callistemon is also going to flower heavily

Peony 'Cora Louise,' an Itoh peony

An herbacious peony is all set to burst

A couple of Bromeliads are getting ready to flower too.

The Cardiocrinum gets taller every day

I'm excited to see it open

Are you celebrating Garden Bloggers Bloom Day? Lots of garden bloggers do. You'll find Carol Michel's post at May Dreams Gardens here, as well as links to other bloggers around the world.