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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, May 21, 2018

In a Vase on Monday

Today's vase started with Loree's idea about using Buddleja globosa in a vase.  I couldn't find the vase I'd thought of for today but this one has been sitting around, waiting to be used for months.


In addition to the buddleja, I found a few other things out int he parking strip to throw together:  Ceanothus 'Dark Star,'  NoID rhododendron,  Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae, and a bit of Cupressus arizonica 'Blue Ice' foliage.





May is such a wonderful month in the garden when simply trimming wayward plants can yield a bouquet.

The Cascade Cactus and Succulents Society visited the garden today and in honor of their visit, joining the arrangement are this made by Jeff Pinto  silly-looking cactus whose spines are tied up in a bow

and a less silly-looking cactus vase. 

There was more
Sincere thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting IaVoM.  To see more of what participating bloggers are plopping into vases today, visit Cathy's blog!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Retail Therapy at Wells-Medina Nursery

On the twenty-eighth of April, my pal Alison (Bonney Lassie) and I led a workshop about garden blogging at the Bellevue Botanical Garden under the auspices of the Northwest Perennial Alliance.  I shared everything I know about blogging and when that three minutes were over, Alison did the rest.  It was great fun chatting with other gardeners and hopefully some of the participants will start garden blogs of their own.  Since we were already on the east side, it just made sense to stop by Wells Medina for some retail therapy.

Hey look, new wallpaper!


It was interesting to note that just a couple of weeks ago, these trees were still leafless.  Now they'd be fully leafed out.  May is a magical month in the garden.

This combination looked great all winter and is still quite lovely.


Nice large specimens of Cordyline 'Electric Pink' 

Bright spring color decorates the tiered bed 



The nursery was packed to the gills with all sorts of plants.  Arisaema ovale 'Variegata' was a temptation.


I love peonies and wish I had space for more.  Oh well in the next garden will have acreage.


Fremontodendron californicum


That's Salvia leucantha 'White Mischief' between the Mandevillas. Things are warming up.


Anigozanthos from down under. 

In addition to the vast array of evergreens, trees, rhododendrons, roses, perennials, etc. there were some surprises of the succulent variety.

Aloe mitriformis

Aloe nobile 'Gold Tooth'

Agave bovicornuta is not often seen in nurseries here.  It was so tempting to bring one of these home but my poor mistreated specimen seems to be recovering


One could take a bit of california home. 

 How exciting, the time has come and everything can safely go outside!  I took things out a bit early this year but they don't seem to mind too awfully much. 
Rare Plant Research in Oregon City is having their annual Garden Sale this weekend.  There are always great plants and cool pots made by Burl, the owner.  Whatever you do, hope your weekend is stellar!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Come on Out to the Greenhouse

Let's take a stroll out to the greenhouse and see what's up.  You may recall this post from November  when things were getting fairly crowded.  It's now possible to walk through the whole space again.


This papyrus got so tall that it's reaching through the beams and hitting the top of the greenhouse so it gets to be a permanent resident.




 The Cascade Cactus and Succulents Society will be stopping by on Sunday so a few plants that spend the winter in the house were moved out here including a few that were purchased at that group's annual September sale.

These wonderful tiny pots and their plants came from the sale and were made by Pete of Pete's Pots and Plants.

Some of these could probably come out where they could be better enjoyed.  

Looking downright empty.

On the Trevesia palmata.  Looks like it's getting ready to bloom. 






Time to head back out and get some gardening done.  Thanks for taking a little break with me.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wednesday Vignette - A House is not a Home And Foliage Follow-Up

Several weeks ago there was some exciting activity as a robin worked industriously at building a nest.  The noise of the bird landing and moving about in a group of Mahonia 'Charity' was  interesting.  The nest looked completed to me and then mom disappeared.  Fast forward to last week and I noticed a robin gathering bits of  Spanish Moss and flying to the nest.  A new couple moving into the nest?  The same bird returning?   This time mom stayed with the nest for about 7 days.

She'd be there morning and night and sometimes would stand at the side of the nest peering down and, I thought turning her eggs.  How delightful to see her raise her brood.  Alas, a couple of days ago, she was no longer on the nest and hasn't returned since.  Perhaps this nest wasn't meant to be a home.  Will she return?  Will another robin think it's a groovy pad?  We shall see.

Wednesday Vignette is hosted by Anna at Flutter and Hum.  Mosey on over to her blog to join the party.

On the day after Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, celebrated garden author, blogger, Garden Bloggers' Fling creator, and all around wonderful person, Pam Penick hosts Foliage Follow-Up to remind us of the important role foliage plays in our gardens every day. Click here to join in the foliar feast. Here are some shots of various foliage in my garden this month.


Oops, remember to remove the hose filling the pond before taking a picture.  




Tuesday, May 15, 2018

May 2018 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

On the fifteenth of each month, Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, inviting garden bloggers all over the world to show what's blooming in their gardens on this day.  Click here to see what's blooming in the gardens of other participating  bloggers.  Here is some of what's blooming in my garden this month.

Meconopsis cambrica

I don't quite know how pansies bloom through the winter and then really take off and continur through much of the summer but I'm sure glad they do.

It's warm enough outside for the begonias and impatiens to be happy.




The first of the alliums.

Our native plant formerly known as Dicentra (bleeding heart) is quite thug in my garden and each year it seems to spread further.

Parahebe perfoliata

This one will represent quite a few abutilons in bloom this month. 

Plant formerly known as Magnolia laevifolia

Gentiana acaulis 

Columbines show up in all sorts of places and one never knows what kinds of hybrids they'll create with each other.

While some camellias are definitely finished, others are just hitting their stride. 


Ceanothus time! 



Crinodendron hookerianum


Rhododendron something or other.

Fuchsia.  The hardy ones haven't started blooming yet.  This is a cheat from the store. 

Polygonatum odoratum


Kolkwitzia amabilis

Magnolia 'Black Tulip' was much darker earlier but I enjoy how it holds onto it's petals as it fades to a lighter shade.

Noid rhododendron that a neighbor was going to throw away many years ago.

Honeysuckle 

 Grevillea 'Canberra Gem'


Rosa sericea ssp. omeiensis f. pteracantha has small silky white single blooms but is grown for it's incredible red thorns.

This Ceanothus has grown into quite a monster.

Ceanothus and Ribes speciosum

Buddleja globosa


Euphorbia mellifera

Aesculus pavia

Another neighbor-discarded rhodendron from several years ago. 

Rosa rugosa 'Yankee Lady'

These dianthus were a teacher-appreciation gift last year.  Sold as annuals, they filled in nicely over the summer and I thought that would be it.  However, they seem to have missed the annual lecture about dying after one year.  They are such a sweet red color that I don't think I'll tell them.

Melianthus and Euphorbia wulfenii 

A couple of  clematis.  A smarter gardener might have planted vines with different bloom times. 


Iris confusa

Paeonia delavayi

Paeonia ludlowii

Abutilon vitifolium

Pelargoniums are enjoying the heat. 

One last rhododendron planted years ago for the size of it's leaves.  It's now a pretty tall shrub and I had to use a telephoto lens to get a close enough picture of the huge truss. (It's a little over a foot wide.)
Happy GBBD everyone!