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garden ponderings


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Fun with a Fish Eye (camera lens, that is :)

I have spent an extraordinary amount of time this last month, weeding.
The flower beds are not near perfect, but have never looked so good.

Above are two views of the same flower bed.
Foreground is Shasta daisies, bearded Iris and lavenders.
Foxglove, daffodils, and iris live further back.
A couple of canna lilies are the recent additions.

There is a fence (we call it a ‘flower jail’) along the edge of the deck.
Inside live an azalea, peony, hosta, calla lilies, camellia,
tulips, tree peony, stock, rhododendron and a few others.
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If this bed were planned before planting,
the Japanese maples would be at each end with the
contorted filbert (aka Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick
– where that name came from, must be a good story)
in the middle instead of on the left end.

Santolina, teucrium (germander), hyssop, more bearded iris (they multiply!)
with lots of Greek oregano as groundcover are the main plants here.

I had read in a novel that daylilies could hold a hillside in place,
so I planted and re-planted them behind.
California poppies are multiplying slowly, and the weeds here are prolific.
Specially after our wet winter.

Anyway – above are some views of the front & back of my yard.
You are introduced to some of what I care take.
Isn’t the fish eye lens cool?  What a view!


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Current Whites

I do like the strong contrast of white flowers in a sea of green.
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The last rhody blooming here.
Buds are pale pink, but the flowers open to white.
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Oh yes, I recognize you as you put out your first flush of flowers.
But, I just can’t place your name!
I know it begins with an ‘a’. . .
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Allium flowers pop up in various places of my garden.
Sometimes alone, sometimes in groups, sometimes with friends.
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Moss rose can grow to be a good-size bush.
This speciman is presently over-run with daylilies.
I recently lopped four large dead limbs, which left this shrub very sparse-looking.
My work is cut out for me next winter dormant season:
clear out the daylilies, lighten the clay soil
and give a beautiful plant a chance to thrive.
(It sounds almost noble:)
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Close-up of lychnis or rose campion.
Another variety has magenta flowers – on the other side of the house.
I wonder if the two plants mixed, would light pink flowers result?
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Okay, another stock photo.
I am still amazed that three straggly seedlings
could rejuvenate quickly and become a beautiful display.
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My calla lilies tend to accumulate visitors and tree droppings.
I had to quit bringing these beauties into the house as cut flowers,
they were bringing too many tag-a-longs.


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A Cloudy Morning

An overcast morning,
so I grabbed my camera for a walk around the house.
This is some of what was in bloom:

French cooking thyme, an essential garden herb (for me).
These stock plants were rescued from a nursery.
Barely alive, they cost 25 cents, now they are thriving (yay!)
Foxglove, which neither deer nor rabbit bother, is in full bloom.
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Yellow allium flowers, a later blooming variety.
This was one of the first bulbs I planted here over 30 years ago.
It keeps coming back, no matter how much I neglect it.
One of my favorite colors of bearded iris,
this dark purple is almost black.
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Red-hot pokers start out orange then the yellow part below
grows to the top as the flower matures.
These are real hummingbird magnets!
Perennial cranesbill geraniums flower and multiply profusely.
Yellow is my early blooming color of daylily.
It is always a shot of sunshine for my disposition.


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Let the Sun Shine

My favorite tv weatherman predicts seven days of no rain.
He said it had been seven months since there were so many days in a row without rain!
Now the sun is shining, and the flowers are exploding:

Rhododendron are some of my favorite shrubs.
The leaves are evergreen, and in spring, the entire plant is covered with blooms.
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My iris are not irrigated, and thus bloomed sporadically these last few years.
They loved our wet spring and are coming into full flower.
These are quite deer-resistant plants, slowly moving out of protected beds.
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In my basement,  half a dozen peony buds
are hanging upside down to dry .
The pair I tested last year still look good, so I am trying more.

All of these flowers live in my ‘flower cages’
to protect them from deer.
Various colored poppies live in separate beds
so the colors will stay true.
Red-hot pokers do not fare as cut flowers,
their nectar is extremely sticky and fluid – a big mess indoors.
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When scabiosa was re-located last winter,
I discovered it was really tons of baby plants.
Ten, or so, were replanted and the rest given to friends.

Columbine is a native plant, and reseeds freely.

First rose from this particular mini-rose plant.
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Promises, Promises

If there is anything a wet spring has to offer
is the promise of blooms to come.

Even though the rhododendron bud appears dark pink,
its flower is pale pink.
Upper right corner is a yellow geum bud.
Great expectations of gorgeous (imho) white Dutch iris.
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Yarrow, Rugosa and a dwarf Ginko.
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Daylilies, foxglove and
California poppies which refuse to open in the rain.
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Droopy flower buds are a trademark of poppies.
Chives and peonies follow in the row.
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A botanical oddity:  Rudbekia trying to bloom way out of season.
Black-eye Susans are fall-bloomers, and this flower did not get the genetic message!


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Wildflower Hike

We went for a hike up the mountains yesterday to see waterfalls,
and I found some cool wildflowers.

I have never seen this ‘flower’ before.
The first photo is to show its location in a very wet location.

Wild iris are popping up all over – it is their time.
Trillium is not the state flower of Oregon, but many think so.
It is against the law to pick any specimens!
There are a number of wild orchids that can be found in the woods,
I feel I was lucky to spot this one.

Rhododendron grow tall and leggy in the forest,
this is a baby with one stem.
I believe the ground cover is Oregon Grape leaves around it.
Right photo is one of many wild berry flowers.

Here are some waterfalls we visited:

Tokatee Falls and Watson Falls up the North Umpqua River in Oregon.


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Wildflower Collecting

Last week I collected wildflowers for the annual Glide Wildflower Show.
  It has been an especially rainy winter and spring,
but that morning we got a break in the showers.
Our route was Whistler’s Bend park at u-turn in the North Umpqua River.

Monkey flower was on our list, and we found a cliff-side full of them.
The flower is hard to see in my photo,
so I found a close-up online of mimulus to share.

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We did submit these small pink flowers to the wildflower show.
Unfortunately, we did not know their name, so we relied on the plant biologists to identify these specimens.

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After we finished collecting flowers, I spotted this pair of Canadian geese heading towards the water.

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These Scotch Broom flowers were not on our collection list.
When I first spotted these wayward blossoms years ago, I thought they were so pretty.
I was soon told they are culprits for hay fever, and have naturalized too many places they are not wanted.