Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Friday, March 16, 2018

March 18 Foliage Follow-Up

Each month, on the day after Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, Blogging wizzard Pam at Digging hosts Foliage Follow-Up to help us celebrate the important role foliage plays in our gardens every day of the year.  Click here to join the chloro-phylled phun.

Spring is full of excitement as plants awake from their winter slumber pushing foliage out of the ground full of the promise of the growing season to come.

The podophyllum are officially above ground and starting to unfurl their glossy parasols. 

Cardiocrinum giganteum

Trillium.  Just yesterday, while out taking these pictures, I spotted the first bloom of a native trillium which I thought had died.

Trevesia aff. palmata got thrown into the greenhouse during the recent freeze and is now unfurling new leaves.

Speaking of the greenhouse...

This crazy cussonia looses all it's leaves periodically but then regrows again.  Crazy plant. 

Helleborus 'Reanna's Ruby,' sister of 'Anna's Red' and 'Penny's Pink' and is supposed to have lovely flowers.  Who cares?  Look at that foliage?

Berberis is waking up but still has a bit of foliage from last season. 

Paeonia tenuifolia

Tricyrtis latifolia wx SICH 1735 hopped into my box from the Far Reaches table at a recent plant sale.

This large pot that came from my blogging pal Alison is a great place to hide newly acquired purchases showcase particularly interesting plants and easily accommodates  six  or seven gallon-sized pots.
Happy St. Patrick's Day tomorrow!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day March 2018

Well, somehow we've made it through another winter and spring is only five days away.  On the fifteenth of every month, Carol, now twice published author,  at May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.  To see what's blooming in gardens all over the world, click here.  To see most of what's blooming in my zone 8 western Washington garden, scroll down.

Winter pansies looked quite dead during our February freeze but have bounced back nicely.

Primroses always look better if kept under cover but even with a little rain damage, their bright colors are welcome this time of year.

Muscari armeniacum aka Grape hyacinths.

Iris reticulata 'Katherine Hodgkin'

The galanthus flowers will soon begone but we'll get to enjoy the grassy foliage for a short time before it, too, is a memory.



Stachyurus praecox

Edgeworthia chrysantha

Arctostaphylos something or other

Arctostaphylos something else altogether

Species tulips have returned in the parking strip but haven't increased since they were planted a year ago.


Inherited lawn crocus.

Crocus tommasinianus planted a few years ago are spreading like wildfire.  

Euphorbia wulfenii

 Virbunum x bodnantense 'Dawn' whose blooms and fragrance have brought pleasure since autumn.  

Lawn violets that appeared from nowhere and are slowly spreading.  I still laugh about a flier left by a lawn spraying company at my door which listed violets as one of the weeds in my lawn.  If they only knew...

Lonicera fragrantissima

Daphne odora 

This is cheating as this Aristolochia californica (Califronia Pipe Vine) just came home with me from a plant sale.

Out in the greenhouse this salvia, labeled Salvia dombeyi  is blooming but it looks as if it may have been mislabeled. 

Fewer flower spikes this year on one clivia and the other has none.  Hmmm.  Maybe I should feed them and pot them up.
What's blooming in your garden this month?   For those of you who currently have only frost flowers atop your snow mulch, you have my sincere sympathy.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wednesday Vignette

Wednesday Vignette is hosted by Anna at Flutter and Hum.  Click here to join the fun.  



Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Spring's Really Hopping at Bellevue Nursery

Are you familiar with Laura Numeroff's children's books with titles like If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Give a Pig a Pancake?  She's written a whole series of these books which advise, for instance, "If you give a pig a pancake, he'll want maple syrup.  When he gets the maple syrup, he'll want..." and on it goes.  So, if you give a plant addict a plant sale, he'll want to stop by Wells Medina and since he's already on the east side, he'll want to stop by Bellevue Nursery. So, on a sunny Saturday, the plant mobile stopped by this Bellevue treasure to inhale more of the joy of spring.

The crocus are croaking it must be spring. 

Every urban garden needs a tractor, right? 

Oh my goodness, it's finally not raining cats and frogs. 

The sunshine makes us soggy bog dwellers feel giddy and in the pink. Our vitamin D depleted systems are ready to bask in the sunshine at the slightest sunbreak.

Something fishy is going on around here!

How do they make these little two-inch potted trees look so cute? 

Like all gardeners, this guy's got plants on his mind.

This nursery always finds fun and creative ways to display tillandsias. 

They look like undersea creatures growing on this sparkly coral.

Love these little pots. 

One must be careful!

Plant coolness abounds. 

All geared up for the coming season.

Everything is just ducky!

Fabulous weather-resistant solar lanterns.  

If you're looking for spring, just hop on in!

Hey bunny, what's for dinner?  You look radishing by the way. 

It was seventy degrees here today and felt downright summery.  The prognosticators tell us that tomorrow the rain will return and highs will be back down in the low 50's but it was a nice run of sun while we had it.