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.

Monday, March 19, 2018

In a Vase on Monday - Beauty and the Beast

Many thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting In a Vase on Monday, the addictive meme that challenges us to bring something from our gardens or foraged nearby inside to cheer us during the week.  Click here to see what participating bloggers have artfully arranged or unceremoniously plonked in a container this week.

Our delightfully dry weekend was spent doing delightful things like attending a specialty plant sale, wandering Heronswood, visiting nurseries, and playing in my own garden.  Pots of Narcissus 'Tete-a-Tete' were part of Valley Nursery's spring sale.  The first daffodil to bloom in my garden, they're always a welcome bit of bright yellow at this time of year and at only $1.50 a pot, why not add a few more?  Instead of cutting them, I decided to simply use the potted bulbs in a couple of receptacles.  First, beauty.  You may recognize Alison from an earlier IaVoM post.

Now, the beast, a troll sans body planter made by a Kitsap area artist. 

Muscari and camellias joined the daffodils.

The beast looks very friendly but needs a name.  Suggestions? 
 Stone?  Clay? Auribus? 

Friday, March 16, 2018

March 18 Foliage Follow-Up

Each month, on the day after Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, Blogging wizzard Pam at Digging hosts Foliage Follow-Up to help us celebrate the important role foliage plays in our gardens every day of the year.  Click here to join the chloro-phylled phun.

Spring is full of excitement as plants awake from their winter slumber pushing foliage out of the ground full of the promise of the growing season to come.

The podophyllum are officially above ground and starting to unfurl their glossy parasols. 

Cardiocrinum giganteum

Trillium.  Just yesterday, while out taking these pictures, I spotted the first bloom of a native trillium which I thought had died.

Trevesia aff. palmata got thrown into the greenhouse during the recent freeze and is now unfurling new leaves.

Speaking of the greenhouse...

This crazy cussonia looses all it's leaves periodically but then regrows again.  Crazy plant. 

Helleborus 'Reanna's Ruby,' sister of 'Anna's Red' and 'Penny's Pink' and is supposed to have lovely flowers.  Who cares?  Look at that foliage?

Berberis is waking up but still has a bit of foliage from last season. 

Paeonia tenuifolia

Tricyrtis latifolia wx SICH 1735 hopped into my box from the Far Reaches table at a recent plant sale.

This large pot that came from my blogging pal Alison is a great place to hide newly acquired purchases showcase particularly interesting plants and easily accommodates  six  or seven gallon-sized pots.
Happy St. Patrick's Day tomorrow!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day March 2018

Well, somehow we've made it through another winter and spring is only five days away.  On the fifteenth of every month, Carol, now twice published author,  at May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.  To see what's blooming in gardens all over the world, click here.  To see most of what's blooming in my zone 8 western Washington garden, scroll down.

Winter pansies looked quite dead during our February freeze but have bounced back nicely.

Primroses always look better if kept under cover but even with a little rain damage, their bright colors are welcome this time of year.

Muscari armeniacum aka Grape hyacinths.

Iris reticulata 'Katherine Hodgkin'

The galanthus flowers will soon begone but we'll get to enjoy the grassy foliage for a short time before it, too, is a memory.



Stachyurus praecox

Edgeworthia chrysantha

Arctostaphylos something or other

Arctostaphylos something else altogether

Species tulips have returned in the parking strip but haven't increased since they were planted a year ago.


Inherited lawn crocus.

Crocus tommasinianus planted a few years ago are spreading like wildfire.  

Euphorbia wulfenii

 Virbunum x bodnantense 'Dawn' whose blooms and fragrance have brought pleasure since autumn.  

Lawn violets that appeared from nowhere and are slowly spreading.  I still laugh about a flier left by a lawn spraying company at my door which listed violets as one of the weeds in my lawn.  If they only knew...

Lonicera fragrantissima

Daphne odora 

This is cheating as this Aristolochia californica (Califronia Pipe Vine) just came home with me from a plant sale.

Out in the greenhouse this salvia, labeled Salvia dombeyi  is blooming but it looks as if it may have been mislabeled. 

Fewer flower spikes this year on one clivia and the other has none.  Hmmm.  Maybe I should feed them and pot them up.
What's blooming in your garden this month?   For those of you who currently have only frost flowers atop your snow mulch, you have my sincere sympathy.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wednesday Vignette

Wednesday Vignette is hosted by Anna at Flutter and Hum.  Click here to join the fun.