Well, it doesn’t seem I’m doing very well keeping up with the regular scheduling, but here it is – better late than never. Armed with my camera, and accompanied by my furry friend Manneman, we braved the rain and headed out in the fading daylight after dinner this evening. The photos aren’t great, but they do tell the story of rain, dusk, and an intensely loving cat who likes to rub up against both plants and me – causing one or the other to shake. I suppose I could try again tomorrow night, but really – then this post would probably never happen. Apologies ahead of time for sub-par photos.
I really tried to photograph the Grevillea ‘Scarlet Sprite’ which is still sitting in its pot unplanted, but my furry companion was doing his best to block my view.
This is as good as it got. Hopefully you get the idea. I think I will plant it in front of my Mystery Rose – a tall. re-blooming monster of a rose that came with the house. Heavenly fragrance all summer long, it reaches up past the eaves, but the bottom half is terribly scraggly. If it is to remain, it needs something to block its lesser half. Color-wise, it is perfect!
No doubt feeling a tad bit guilty… Or perhaps ignored.
A shot down to my secret little hang-out behind the garage. Sneak past the Choysia, and you’re in!
Dicentra ‘Valentine’, a Trillium grandiflorum, and tulips in the background.
The same tulips against the branches of the Edgeworthia. The dark foliage of Bugbane ‘Hillside Black Beauty’ in the foreground.
My little Enkianthus. It hasn’t grown much since being moved to its new location last year, but it is blooming its heart out.
Early Sensation – one of my favorite Clematis, blooming behind the garage.
The Libertia grandiflora I bought at Plant Nerd Night is still in its nursery band, but defiantly blooming. What a great plant! I need to make sure I site it against a far better background than that ugly siding.
Another great souvenir from Plant Nerd Night with lovely, strappy, silvery foliage. Those yellow balls kill me – they are so cool!
Clematis ‘Blue Dancer’ at the tail end of its spring bloom. Usually it offers up a second flush of blooms later in summer as well.
A little better focus, but not much.
You know why they call them ‘Tassel ferns’, right? They are so amazing!
Out of focus Hare’s Tongue fern unfurling. Still, so graceful…
Moving up to the front yard. It brings to mind someone wearing a bra a couple of sizes too small. Can you say ‘voluptuous’? It almost makes me expect a strap somewhere to break. Many of these were planted one of our first years in this house. I think new Oregonians pretty much always underestimate the rate at which things grow here. I know for sure I did…
I swear – I have no idea who planted those tulips there. I suppose I must have done it, but I don’t have any recollection of having done it. Nice surprise to see them, though…
I like how this variegated grass weaves through the red leaves of the Red Dragon maple.
I also like how our native Fringe cup has volunteered itself to mingle with the Iris. I don’t have the heart to show it the door.
An almost spent Tulipa viridiflora against the formerly pink, now faded to green double Hellebore.
New, shiny growth on the variegated Fatsia japonica.
Our native Meadow rue doing its thing. Love it!
Some of the many homeless plants, patiently waiting for homes.
I’m reclaiming my parking strip. There used to be a basket ball hoop there, but it is gone. Hooray!
The fiery red new growth of last month’s Pieris, has now turned a bright, light green.
I love the new growth of Iris Gerald Darby – stunning!
Raindrops on the Euphorbia wulfenii, which is looking mighty blue in the evening light.
Ending on a positive note! My Polygonatum verticillatum which I thought had disappeared, is back! So excited to see it! 🙂
Head over to Carol and May Dreams Gardens, and Pam at Digging to see what other harbingers of spring are sprouting in gardens across the nation and the world this month.