Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - May 2017

It's the day after Bloom Day so I'm late again. Luckily, that lets me share just a couple more flowers in my garden than I had two days ago when I began photographing.

So here are my May blooms, beginning with all the white flowers and the excitement of my very first Eucalyptus flowers on E. pauciflora ssp debeuzevilli.
Saxifraga cotyledon 'Caterhamensis'. This one is grown for its tight bun of foliage, so the flower stalk is a spring bonus.

Other succulents are sending up sprays of blossoms, making this a very frothy bed indeed.
Speaking of frothy, here's Fothergilla gardenii 'Mt Airy'.

The papery little flowers of Luzula nivea.
Cistus obtusifolius.

Cornus 'Eddie's White Wonder'.


Aquilegia vulgaris 'Leprechaun's Gold' and A. vulgaris 'Icy Blue' lead us into another color.

Camassia quamash.



I can't get enough of these lovely native bulbs.
Here's a closeup of Great Camas, Camassia lechtlinii.

Iris tenax.

Difficult to photograph, but lovely in the sunny garden, Lewisia cotyledon var. howelli.

Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Sizzling Pink' is very oddly shaped after snow damage, but it's blooming happily.

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Summer Wine' is just beginning to flower.
Both the Trachycarpus fortunei are blooming their odd, prehistoric-looking flowers.

I guess I have two of the same sex because I didn't get any berries last year.

Cytisus sessilifolius hardly bloomed last year. This year it has lots of little yellow flowers.
Berberis verruculosa. See those long thorns? It's flowery, but it's mean.

A pretty orange poppy.
Various Lewisia cotyledon 'Sunset Series'.
Helianthemum 'Henfield Brilliant'. The plus side of losing our huge Ceanothus is more blooms on many of the sun-loving species.
Primula veris 'Sunset Shades'.

Halmiocistus wintonensis 'Merrist Woods Cream'.

Bloom Day is hosted by Carol, at May Dreams Gardens, where you can see flowers from all over the globe.

Happy belated Bloom Day!


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - April 2017

Another month has gone by and a few days of sunshine (finally!) have buoyed my spirits amazingly. Although there aren't lots of blooms at Longview Ranch, new growth is showing on almost everything that didn't die in the miserable winter of 2016-2017. But let's have a look at the few flowers we do have.

Lewisia cotyledon 'Sunset Series' is beginning to flower. But it hasn't reached the splendor of the one in my header yet, and wait - where are all those cute stripes this year? I love Lewisias so much that I bought yet another yesterday at Hortlandia - the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon's spring plant sale. (And that sale is the reason this post is a day late.)
Since last month, Camellia 'April Kiss' has bloomed and is now on its last few flowers.

Mahonia repens was tightly budded last month. This month it's in full, glorious flower in the Northwest Territory.

A seriously-needed chop to Mahonia aquifolium means there are only a couple of blooms this spring. They're doing their best to carry the torch.

Ribes sanguineum has been feeding the resident and migratory hummers all month.


After some winter damage from snow, Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Sizzling Pink' is recovering and beginning to bloom.

Beesia deltophylla is sending up delicate white spikes. It's a handsome evergreen plant and one of those I'd grow even if it had no flowers.

Other tiny white flowers are on these Primula sieboldii 'Late Snow', making a welcome comeback.

Another white surprise is the flower puff on this ground cover Cardamine trifolia. I hope it will take off his year.

Daphne x transatlantica 'Eternal Fragrance' looks good and smells divine. I am so impressed with this shrub.

Oxalis oregana is bent on world domination. Some reigning in is needed here, but it is a lovely, native, evergreen ground cover.

Speaking of reining in, none needed here. Yes, I know Vinca minor is considered an invasive in Oregon (and with good reason near natural areas) but the conditions are so poor under our three thirsty, urban trees that we constantly have to encourage it to grow. I guess I can kiss any Wildlife Certified garden designation goodbye.

Osmanthus x burkwoodii, waiting in a pot to be planted in the Northwest Territory, smells heavenly.

The tiny species tulips are showing here and there in the garden. This one popped up in between some Libertia peregrinans.
More little white flowers. This is Mukdenia rossii 'Karasuba', but what happened to its red leaves?
Lastly, a little green taste of Cornus 'Eddie's White Wonder', just beginning to flower. This tree will probably be bloomed-and-leafed out by May's Bloom Day.
 Thank you, Carol, for hosting Bloom Day at May Dreams Gardens each month.

Happy Belated Bloom Day and Happy Easter!


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - March 2017

Holy smokes - it's mid-March and the rain just keeps coming down here in the Pacific Northwest! Let's dash outside for a quick look at the sodden blossoms finally emerging this month.

It's not in full bloom yet, but drippy Ribes sanguineum is making its presence known in the Northwest Territory.

Mahonia repens is SO ready to bloom but is only showing a bit of color so far.

My tiny Galathus nivalus 'Pewsey Vale' has sent up one lonely flower. I'm especially happy to see it since I thought I killed it over several moves. Maybe it will bulk up and give me two flowers next spring.

Camellia transnokoensis has pretty bi-color buds that open into little pure white flowers (except when they get bruised by the rain.).

Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide' extends the holiday season into spring.

A NOID Hellebore did well this year, in spite of being buried in snow in January.

Soggy Daphne transatlantica 'Eternal Fragrance' bloomed most of last year,. It's on pace for a repeat this year, but it's too cold (or wet?) to smell any scent so far.

In contrast, Sarcococca hookeriana var humilis has been covering the front yard in perfume for weeks.
Culinary Rosemary blossoms brighten up the driveway planters.

The blossoms on Arctostaphylos 'Austin Griffiths' have been feeding the hummingbirds (and my hopes for spring) for two months now.

But the driest flowers are indoors. Here's Clivia miniata 'Belgian Hybrid Orange' making the living room sunny.
A tip of the hat to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for gathering the monthly show of blooms from gardener bloggers all over.

Happy Bloom Day!