Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Friday, February 16, 2018

February 18 Foliage Follow-Up

Pam at Digging hosts Foliage Follow-up on the day after Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day to remind us of the important role of foliage in our gardens.   Join me in wishing this spectacular person, longtime blogger, inventor of the Garden Bloggers' Fling, and author a very happy twelfth blogging anniversary!

Here's some of the foliage currently thrilling me in my garden at the moment. 

This begonia, purchesed at a fall plant sale from Windcliff Plants never made it into the ground.  The pot is in a sheltered area outside and the foliage never died back.  Crazy!

Likewise, Darlingtonia californica, the carnivorous Cobra Lily, never died back this year.

I love the pink tones that this Hebe takes on in cold weather.

While it weeps during the winter, this Cylindropuntia, a cutting found by the side of the road beneath a free sign, will perk up again as the weather warms.

Arum italicum has looked glorious all winter long and, as warmer temperatures arrive, it'll die back for the summer. 

 The big excitement is that some  plants have decided it's time for spring.

Syneilesis palmata

Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty'


Persicaria 'Red Dragon'

Begonia pedatifida

 Tree peony 


Mecanopsis 'Lingholm'  How grateful I am to live in a climate that is favored by the glorious blue poppy.  They like it even better in Alaska!

I keep forgetting the name of this ground cover but love the hairy new growth.

Join the party and show us your foliage!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

February 18 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day on the fifteenth of each month.  Click over to her blog to see what's blooming in gardens around the world today. Here's what's happening in my zone 8 Western Washington garden.

Primroses (cheating as these came home from the store already in bloom, those in the garden are a bit behind.)

Camellias japonica

My Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide' seems to be happy enough now and is starting to bloom.  Isn't this a little late for those to be starting?



There are a lot of these in my garden because they seem to thrive on neglect and don't mind dry shade.

Really, these are all different varieties and these are only about half of them. 

 Feel free to skip ahead if you're tired of the hellebore parade. 

Whew, you made it!

 Daphne odora.  There's nothing quite as sweet and welcome as this fragrance in the winter garden.

Of course there's also Chimonanthus praecox (Wintersweet.)

The parade of winter continues with Lonicera fragrantissima, a hummingbird favorite.

Weedy but swell Euphorbia wulfenii

Garrya's tassels are so long that the wind blows them up onto the leaves into an unsightly tangle. 

Arctostaphylos something or other

helleborus argutifolius

 Sweet little violets are making inroads toward taking over the lawn.  Hooray!

Viburnum × bodnantense ‘Dawn’ is no slouch in the fragrance department either.  

 Jasminum nudiflorum

Stachyurus praecox

It must be spring if the crocus are blooming, right?  
Happy GBBD all!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wednesday Vignette

Happy Valentine's Day All!  My Vignette this Wednesday (Joining host Anna at Flutter and Hum) is a display of primroses from our local everything store and seemed appropriate for today.

May your day be filled with love!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Northwest Flower and Garden Festival - More Fabulous Vendors

The NWFGF  has a lot of great gardens big and small, some great plant vendors, and thrilling art for sale. There was so much to see and admire that it's impossible to share more than a small fraction. Here are a few  things that caught my eye:

In the Northwest Stone Sculptors Association area was this piece by Larry Lawlor

Bedrock Industries had some delightful new designs as well as some old favorites. All of their wares are made from recycled glass.

Anthony Jamieson Designs had some cool architectural cast glass panels.

Vintage Glass Gardens

Oh those daffodils!

Because of the texture, it feels like the white porcelain base was covered with a layer of porcelain slip mixed with cobalt and then the negative space carved away. 

I forgot who made these but it's an imaginative use of shovels.  Probably not so great for digging now though.

The delightful Katy Lareau is a Portland-based artist whose fused glass flowers and bugs have been a show favorite for many years.

Much of Andy Byrne's metal sculpture is difficult to capture with a camera as it really needs to be experienced to be appreciated, the minute details that make up the whole can best be appreciated in person in the context of the entire piece. 

Obviously a master of the material!

More from Abraxas Crow

Nothing quite like having a life-sized blue heron gliding just overhead.

Unless it's a pair of fighting bald eagles. 

Happy 30th birthday to this annual event!  Every celebration needs a cake, right? 

A summer floral pillbox hat  supporting a  Christmas tree decorated with spring colored macarons.  A cake for all seasons!