Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Garden bloggers' bloom day April 2014

Note to self: everything that was blooming last year at this time is blooming now.

With our crazy winter, my garden's timing is a little off from last year. My camassia and lewisia were a tiny bit later than last year to bloom.

Camassia leichtlinii 'Blue Danube'

While my Salvia 'Caradonna' May Night is blooming earlier than it did last year.

I have some new introductions, like this Pacific Coast iris.

Iris x pacifica 'The Eyes Have It'
Geranium renardii and Tulipa 'Flair'
Fothergilla 'Jane Platt'

Geranium phaeum 'Darkest of All'

A very happy bloom day to you! Thanks to our host, Carol. To those of you still under snow, why haven't you moved here yet? I'm feeling for you.

Monday, April 14, 2014

I love spring

I love spring. It's all tulips and plant sales and the anticipation that I've finally figured out that area of dry shade and it's going to look amazing (I haven't and it won't but it's nice to think otherwise). 

Mukdenia 'Crimson Fans'

It's lengthening days and stubbornly sitting outside drinking beer at night, even though you're freezing.

It's mourning the loss of your favorite canna ('Wyoming') and being giddy over the fact that your Ceanothus thyrsiflorus is going to bloom for the first time.

It's yelling ROBIN RED BREAST! and also OH MY GOD, WHERE ARE ALL THESE ANTS COMING FROM, IT'S LIKE A FREAKING HORROR MOVIE IN OUR BATHROOM! and marveling that the bees are back and sighing that so are the wasps.

It's dandelions and being behind on mulching, already! How is that possible?

It's that perfect week when the daphne is still going and the tulips are all yodeling and every day there's something new blooming to make your allergies terrible but it's okay! It's so worth it!

Isn't it marvelous? Here's to hoping you're enjoying spring as much as Portland is, wherever you are.