garden ponderings


An Early Bounce from Spring

We took a two week trip to visit grandboys,
missing a snowstorm, cold and rain while gone.

Upon our return home, I took my camera
around the house to see what had bloomed in my absence.

These hyacinth bulbs are in the same bed.
Photos confirm that white hyacinth flower before the blue ones.
I love the scent from hyacinth, even though it can be strong.
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In the same bed as the hyacinth above are these bloomers.

The windflower anemones shown are in various stages of bloom.
They have self-multiplied all through this bed,
and will flower for at least another month.

Our local weather has sun and cold rain in spurts (significantly less sun),
which has extended the bloom time of early spring flowers.
Tons of daffodils are planted in front of the house.
They are starting to bloom at not-exactly-the-same-time.
I am not sure if this is the soil or the particular micro-climate.
Those are clumps of bluebells coming up near the daffodils.
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More purple flowers!
Just a small bunch of miniature iris here.
Up close, they show some weather damage, but are still pretty.

Anemones are short, but sweet, flowering.
There is a bud behind and to the left of this blossom.
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I have shown this batch of flowers already this year, but am doing so again.
Bergenia are blooming in many places – they were easy to divide.

Pink hellebore are finally blooming, much later than the white.
There are still buds on the pink-flowered plant, and
the weather forecast has enough cool rain to keep these around for awhile.



Late Winter Blooms


We’ve had rain and cold with very few hours of sun here and there.
This weather is making hyacinths slow to fully open, also the daffodils.
On the other hand, it is truly violets favorite weather, as they are thriving.

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Pale lavender windflowers, anemone blanda, growing at the base of a rose bush.
These flowers spread easily, and compliment the purple violets.

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Spinach planted last summer is now flowering.
The flowers look prettier than the leaves tasted.
I will try a spring or fall planting next try, the summer planting was strong tasting!

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Anemone with company


These few buds are the extent of this style of anemone here.  They have been returning for a very many years, so they must love the location.
In the sunlight, the petals open up, but light for photos seems to be better either early or later in the day.
There is lots of company in this part of the south-facing garden.  Columbine leaves on the right and a lily emerging on the left.  It is a good chance the stray vertical blades are wild onions which are trying to push their way into many areas.


Windflower Anemone

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These Windflower anemones must spread through the air, because they have popped up all over the flower bed, where I planted a handful of these bulbs a few years back.
Violets and strawberry plants join the windflowers in the neighborhood as ground covers under rose bushes and rhododendrons.
Leaves of the windflower closely resemble an undesirable (aka: weed) that I am constantly uprooting.


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??????????????????????I spotted this gem while walking around the house on a warm overcast day.  A perfect day for flowers, as they love the spring heat (in the low 60’s), without direct sunlight.  The flowers last so much longer without much sun, and if it gets hot, the flowers are gone quickly.  Just another reason why I like the moist Oregon weather we get here.

I love these flowers and their delicate green leaves. When I spot the leaves each spring, I know to leave that area alone, as I don’t want to jeopardize these beautiful blooms. I’ve had them in shades of white, purple, red and combinations of those colors. They are short lived in my area, possibly because they come up between rain storms that tend to flatten them to the ground.

In the photo, there are many other bulbs coming up around the anemone. While part of me wants to divide and multiply, the cautious part of me says to leave well enough alone.

I think these bulbs have been here a very long time. Anemones have been in other flower beds, even beds that were not deer-fenced. We didn’t use to have as many resident deer as we do now (the fir trees we planted 30 years ago are now a forest), so I think a number of flowers escaped predation by melding into what little landscaping there was. Perhaps it was there were more people around in the daytime to deter the deer, as I was raising children years ago.