It’s been an abnormally mild winter (again), so I have more to show than I would if all was right in the world. For weeks, we have known that temperatures would drop and that – heavens forbid! – we might get some snow in January. It’s been dumping like mad on Mount Hood – our beautiful mountain, but here in the valley, we’ve been spared. A few flakes yesterday, and even fewer today. It did get windy, though, so some photos were so fuzzy they were left out altogether, and others were included because it captured just how gusty it was. I will blame it on the windchill that the birdbath froze.
And the mossy little turtle looks like it just drowned.
Here is Mahonia ‘Hope’. You see what I mean about the wind, right?
The backyard is less exposed. Here is the ‘Yuletide’ Camellia. It was blooming for Christmas too, as its name implies.
No blooms here, but a pretty foliage combo just to the left of the Camellia.
The soon to be green danglies of Stachyurus salicifolia are in full bud. Love this shrub!
Although the others of the same genus have closed up shop for the season, this Abutilon ‘Nabob’ is enjoying the cushiest spot in the garden on the lee spot of the house – which is probably why it’s so cavalier about winter. I couldn’t believe when I saw it is still setting buds! Crazy thing!
A repeat from December’s Bloom Day. In the month that passed, the flower buds on Acacia dealbata haven’t done much. But, they are still there, so there is hope.
A fuzzy, ever-moving Clematis urophylla with bells swinging in the eye of the east wind. Sorry for the crappy photo. It’s up the driveway from the Mahonia in the second photo, so it was hard to get a moment of stillness.
Same here, but this one – Rosa ‘Hot Cocoa’ is backed by a tall Italian Cypress, which helps protect it a little. Its sister, just a few feet away in the hell strip has zero blooms or buds.
Not exactly flowers, but begged to be included. It is the tiny, tiny, scarlet hips of Rosa ‘Snow Carpet’, and it is my latest acquisition. A bittersweet one, as I got it from yet another grower who is permanently closing its doors; Oregon Nursery Sales. I got their email with the sad news and their availability list. Near the bottom of the list, was this rose – one that I had been looking for for a while. It’s a groundcover rose, and totally adorable. In the summer, it is completely covered in the most adorable fluffy white flowers about the size of a quarter. The hips were a bonus. I had no idea they set hips!!!
Here is a shot of the tiny leaves and red thorns with my lens cap for scale. Everything about this rose is diminutive, and I just totally fell for it. So darn cute!
This on really should be sleeping by now – Dianthus ‘Green Trick’. This was the biggest surprise out there today.
Euphorbia rigida is lighting up the world with its yellow-green flowers.
Okay, that’s it for the “other” plants. Are you ready for some Hellebores? Went a little crazy last year, so I have a lot of them – at various levels of development. I have a feeling I will be posting an overwhelming amount of Hellebores in the next few months.
This is what many of them still look like, but I will spare you those, and focus on the ones that are a little farther along. The two in this photo are a NOID pitch black one, that also has super dark, almost black foliage when it first emerges, and a lovely one with the descriptive name of ‘Apricot Blush’. More on those in a future post.
Helleborus ‘Red Sapphire’ is in a large planter on a concrete plinth. I learned from this that this is a good way to grow Hellebores – so you can actually see them at eye level. I love this one!
When they’re in the ground, you can’t really see them face to face. See all those Magnolia grandiflora leaves on the ground? That’s how you know that this Hellebore is in the front yard. Even if I raked every day, I would still never have a yard free from magnolia leaves. Might as well get used to them.
This one is a very dark one but not quite black. Very lovely, though.
This is one of my favorites! I think it has some mundane name like ‘Double Green’ or something silly like that. Seen here with Carex ‘Sparkplug’ and a smattering of ferns.
Here is a close-up.
Golden Lotus – a yellow marvel I like a lot. My very best yellow is a single one, but it’s not ready for prime time yet. Definitely worth waiting for, though.
Green and black flowers are the best! Here is ‘Jade Star’.
I like this one a lot. The tag said ‘Painted Strain’, which is such an unimaginative name. It deserves better, methinks.
I’ll end with this wonderful picotee that my friend Marian gave me. Can’t wait for it to open up completely!
More to come next month, but for now, mosey over to Carol at May Dreams Gardens to see what is growing in gardens all over the world.