Blooms and foliage – April, 2016

Rainbow over Portland, OR

It was pouring down today. But, rainy days often have their own reward, in the form of a spectacular rainbow. Today was no exception. Saw this one from high atop the Fremont Bridge, on my way home from work.

As I got off at the exit, the light looked fantastic! By the time I had bought cat food, and meandered the scenic route home to avoid the clogged standstill of the freeway, most of that light was gone, so you'll have to make do with what follows.

As I got off at the exit, the light looked fantastic! By the time I had bought cat food, and meandered the scenic route home to avoid the clogged standstill of the freeway, most of that light was gone, so you’ll have to make do with what follows.

The cobra-like head of the Arisaema ringens flower is a quite fantastic creation!

The cobra-like head of the Arisaema ringens flower truly is a quite fantastic creation!

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But, I really bought it because of its leaves. Can you believe these things? They still have not reached their full size. Mind you, it is still in its nursery pot. Hope to make a suitable home for it this weekend.

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Through the Windmill Palm, you can see the great big leaves of the Podophyllum pleianthum – albeit a bit out of focus.

Kind of leggy, but the fragrance of the Choysia flowers is always welcome.

Kind of leggy, but the fragrance of the Choysia flowers is always welcome.

I just discovered that the little orange stamens (?) of the Choysia flowers look like hearts when you look really close. Pretty cool, huh?

I just discovered that the little orange stamens (?) of the Choysia flowers look like hearts when you look really close. Pretty cool, huh?

Love the color of the Euphorbia 'Fireglow'.

Love the color of the Euphorbia ‘Fireglow’.

My Melianthus major is sporting a flower bud!!!

My Melianthus major is sporting a flower bud!!!

One of my favorite Clematis - 'Early Sensation'. Small white flowers with green centers. And, evergreen, ferny foliage to boot!

One of my favorite Clematis – ‘Early Sensation’. Small white flowers with green centers. And, evergreen, ferny foliage to boot!

Here it is, rambling up through the incense bamboo.

Here it is, rambling up through the incense bamboo.

The emerging foliage of Agapanthus 'Mood Indigo'. This one is a dark purple.

The emerging foliage of Agapanthus ‘Mood Indigo’. This one is a dark purple.

Datisca cannabin taking off with a vengeance. Such a cool plant!

Datisca cannabina taking off with a vengeance. Such a cool plant!

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Dainty yellow flowers of twiggy Corokia cotoneaster contrasted with the chartreuse flowers of Euphorbia ‘Fen’s Ruby’.

The cool, green flowers and dark foliage of Disporum longistylum 'Fat Boy'.

The cool, green flowers and dark foliage of Disporum longistylum ‘Fat Boy’.

More green flowers - this time of most ultimate super-fave Stachyrus salicifolia. Coolest shrub ever!

More green flowers – this time of most ultimate super-fave Stachyrus salicifolia. Coolest shrub ever! Still rather small in my garden, but I have high hopes for this one…

A NOID rescue Hellebore - also with greenish flower. It started out a nice creamy yellow.

A NOID rescue Hellebore – edged with green. It started out a nice creamy yellow, but what I love most of all is the solid red coloration on the petals.

Pale yellow flower of Gladiolus tristis. Beautiful!

Pale yellow flower of Gladiolus tristis. Beautiful!

Rufus lineatus. Love this foliage so much that I don't mind it sometimes sending up suckers. They make for popular give-aways.

Rubus lineatus. Love this foliage so much that I don’t mind it sometimes sending up suckers. They make for popular give-aways.

Good things to come... Bud of Callistemon viridiflora - green-flowering bottlebrush.

Good things to come… Bud of Callistemon viridiflora – green-flowering bottlebrush.

Some kind of Olearia - or Daisy bush in full bloom.

Some kind of Olearia – or Daisy bush in full bloom.

Our native Thalictrum.

Our native Thalictrum.

Epimedium 'Amber Queen' - a relatively recent acquisition from last year's Plant Nerd Night.

Epimedium ‘Amber Queen’ – a relatively recent acquisition from last year’s Hortlandia.

Enkianthus campanulatus 'Showy Lanterns' glistening with water drops.

Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Showy Lanterns’ glistening with water drops.

Finally, the rose that came with the house -  Rosa 'Etoile de Hollande'.

Finally, the rose that came with the house – Rosa ‘Etoile de Hollande’. At least that is what I think it is – its fragrance is wonderful!

Lack of time made me think it a good idea to make a mixed post of both the flowers and leaves of April, for everyone’s favorite monthly memes. Thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting Bloom Day, and also to Pam of Digging for Foliage Follow-up. Check them out to see what is going on in other gardens around the globe. You will not be disappointed!

 

 

About annamadeit

Born and raised in Sweden, my aesthetics and outlook on life are strongly shaped by a culture rich in history and tradition. I care a great deal about environmental responsibility, and my aesthetic reflects the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia. I was trained as an architect at the University of Cincinnati and as a color specialist at the Scandinavian Colour Institute in Stockholm. I'm obsessed with plants and gardens, and aim to take my skill set a step further by designing gardens as well as interiors. As someone so aptly said: " Architecture is the skin that separates the exterior from the interior". So true - you can't successfully focus on one without incorporating the other. I'm also an avid cook, and I love to ski. In addition, I put time and efforts into trying to rectify things that I feel are wrong in my immediate community. As you will see, The Creative Flux will touch on all these things, and more. For sure, it's all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blog!
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25 Responses to Blooms and foliage – April, 2016

  1. More lovely shots, some, like the windmill palm, quite sculptural in effect. We want that epimedium 🙂

  2. bergstromskan says:

    Amazing, beautiful, thank you

  3. rindymae says:

    I have that Clematis and love it. Beautiful photos, as always.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Mindy! It’s a good one, isn’t it? Just discovered another one almost exactly like it called ‘Avalanche’. If anything, even more floriferous… Something to remember, for sure!

  4. Patsi says:

    Lots of pics…very nice. The Arisaema ringens flower goes by another name and I did have it one year but then it disappeared which happens more often than I would like.

  5. Looking at your post I’m reminded of how much fun it is to see the same plants/flowers I grow but photographed differently – or for that matter grown differently. I especially love your image with the palm fronds and Podophyllum leaves, both in my garden but not in that combination!

    • annamadeit says:

      Pushing boundaries left and right over here… I still have far too many lovely things languishing in nursery pots, but maybe… just maybe… this weekend, I will make a dent.

  6. Your garden looks so lovely, Anna! Beautiful, moody photos.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Laura. If they seem moody, it’s probably a mix of the lighting condition and my sore conscience for leaving so many of them in their little pots for too long…

  7. Kris P says:

    Your garden is FULL of fabulous plants! I’m in love with that clematis, which I’ve never seen before – not that I’ve any personal experience with many of the plants in your post. I’ve been looking for that Callistemon for a long time but I finally settled for C. pinifolious, which might have green flowers, although there’s almost an equal chance they’ll turn out to be red. The owner of the Australian Native Plants Nursery in Casitas Springs told me the plant was raised from seed taken from a green-flowered specimen but the flower color of the offspring is still a crap shoot.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Kris! Interesting how the flower color will be a surprise… Genetics always mystify me. Recently discovered another Clematis very much like Early Sensation. It’s called Avalanche, and is equally stunning – if not more! If you were to run in to either at some point – I’d say they are both worth your while. Not sure how much water it needs. I know mine is certainly not getting either spoiled or doted upon. Might be worth a try…?

  8. Euphorbia ‘Fireglow’ is now officially on my want list! I love that coral color! Despite driving around, you managed to capture a great shot of that rainbow. April is an amazing month of blooms and color. Your garden has so much of both to offer! Happy GBBD!

    • annamadeit says:

      Isn’t it lovely? I got it from Joy Creek last year at the Hortlandia sale. I bet you could still get one from them… I can thank stand-still traffic for that rainbow photo. That afternoon, I actually didn’t mind so much!

  9. rusty duck says:

    Oh that Arisaema! So beautiful. Reminds me I need to track one down. But then your post is full of gems.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Jessica – I do love it so much! Spent a good part of this afternoon removing an old shrub to make room for more interesting fare. It’s slow going, but at least it is some kind of progress…

  10. Pam/Digging says:

    Spring is unfolding with so much beauty in your garden, Anna. Thanks for joining in for Foliage Follow-Up!

  11. Rose says:

    So much going on in your garden, Anna–lovely! I’m just happy to have some daffodils and tulips blooming right now:) Always a treat to see your beautiful photos.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thank you, Rose. I still have a few tulips, but the daffodils are all gone. Sadly, I feel like I mostly missed that part of spring – I was so awfully busy. But what’s there now is a good substitute! 🙂

  12. rickii says:

    I have a serious case of the “I wants” but it is largely due to the photographic effects. I find myself thinking “I want” and then, wait…I have that. It just never looked that good.

  13. annamadeit says:

    Oh, silly girl… things always look better in other people’s gardens – especially when edited by a lens. 🙂

  14. Would love to use your photo of Arisaema ringens (Japanese cobra lily) on an upcoming blog on my.chicagobotanic.org. Can we use your image and credit you?

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