at last some blooms...

christinmk z5b eastern WAApril 14, 2014

Things have been so busy at work...I didn't even pay attention to the progress of my spring bloomers until everything "popped"!

I get two days off (in a row!!), so am planning to get out there and do some serious weeding. I say plan on it, but you know how easily plans go awry ;-) Must also remember to find a place to plant my new Perovskia 'Peek-a-Blue'.

Last week I did pull out a big juniper and some scraggly Hyssop (H. officinalis). It was a good decision- make room for something more interesting.... a Ginkgo 'Mariken'! Bought one at work and a little Thuja 'Whipcord' followed along ;-)

Hellebores also busted out. Blue Lady, Golden Lotus, and Peppermint Ice. I thought the GL would be prettier and I wouldn't enjoy the PI so much (not a pink fan in general), but it turned out to be the opposite on both! Lol.

This could be the ugliest, dingiest pink I have ever seen. Ithought the shade of pink of these P. 'Pearl Bells' would be clearer. ;-P At least the stamens and harry legs (or stems, lol) are interesting to photograph.

A couple primroses- drumstick and one from a GW trade.

After many years my Hepatica has finally produced more than three flowers!

Scilla siberica, the powdery blue bi-color of Muscari latifolius, and the glorious Chionodoxa with Carex buchananii.

A most despised plant that I adore ;-)

The fabulous Epimedium warleyense, with Anemone blanda and Brunnera 'Hadspen Cream' in the background

Daffodil in the fiery flames of spirea

Not flowers, but quite lively foliage of Euphorbia polychroma/epithymoides 'First Blush'

A few of my blooms ;-) Any of your own to share?

This post was edited by christinmk on Mon, Apr 14, 14 at 22:56

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woodyoak zone 5 Canada(5b)

Things are much more advanced in your garden than here! The crocuses and early bulb irises have been putting on their show since mid last week. It's too wet and muddy to try to get around in the backyard yet but, from indoors, I can't see any hellebores or other early things doing much yet. The grass in the front is noticeably greener today after a few warm days and rain. But the back lawn is still pretty much dormant. The forecast is for a rapid drop in temperature tonight - and 4" of snow!! It's supposed to go back to something approaching normal temperatures by the end of the week. Because this cold spell has been in the forecast for a while, we haven't done much clean-up in order to give the emerging plants some protection from the cold.

That's an interesting ginkgo! I might be able to find a place for one of those....

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 5:37PM
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Thyme2dig NH Zone 5

Wow Christin! Nice blooms. We got nothin' yet. Way behind you. Love your new purchases!

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 7:07PM
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brit5467(7b/8a Coastal VA)

WOW!!!! I live in VA, on the coast (7b/8a) and I got nutin Except daffys, of course. But I don't have all those unique varieties that u have. VERY pretty!!!!!

What is that "most despised plant" that u adore?? I do have plenty of wild violets blooming, which it reminds me of. Some people don't like 'em but I do.


    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 7:54PM
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Nice blooms! Its spring!

We had 89 degrees yesterday with tornado warnings. We got hail in the afternoon then a nice rainbow. Tonight is dropping down to 27, I think its a record low for April, one of those nice surprises. The wind is ferocious most days. Back to 62 tomorrow, 78 on Saturday. Its the Spring Roller Coaster Ride when weather is exciting.

I just came in from covering some young plants just in case. Things are well underway down here since its been in the 70's & 80's during the days for some time. The ground is warm so hopefully its a 3 to 4 hour early morning freeze only & won't do a lot of damage. Many perennials are leafed out pretty thick, some are forming buds, others are still dormant or just starting. Warm season grasses are coming along.

People all over town are rushing around finding anything handy to cover plants they recently set in & nursery's are battening down the hatches to save blooms, putting plastic back on greenhouses, whisking in plants off outdoor shelves. I imagine some fruit trees will take a hit, many trees are done but some are still in bloom. The redbuds just finished up. Bradford pears didn't even make a showing this year, weird, just leaves with hardly any blooms, usually its white everywhere since they were so over planted.

What a difference a day makes around here. Penstemons, euphorbia & bladderpods are blooming.....

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 7:59PM
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and, Baileya multiradiata has started blooming along with a few dianthus. Baileya usually winters over but many did much this year so its a slower start except for a few plants.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 8:12PM
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christinmk z5b eastern WA

Thanks much guys ;-)

-woodyoak, it is such a small ginkgo definitely could find a little corner to tuck him into! The leaves are all ruffle-y when they emerge too- very cool.

-Susan, hopefully you get some bulbs poppin' soon!

-Bonnie, I was indeed talking about the violet. Some people hate them. I love them! In fact, I've even purchased and started a couple varieties from seed! They are great in the lawn...

-TXR, that is a lovely, delicate looking Penstemon. So is that a bladderpod blooming in the background of your Baileya pic?

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 9:58PM
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    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 10:45PM
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Campanula UK Z8

tulips - I have hundreds of them, so the allotment is looking almost tropical. Will try to get pics later today.

And pulsatilla. hepaticas, saxifrages, aubrieta, first geums, dicentra, myosotis -------the usual stuff

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 5:12AM
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woodyoak zone 5 Canada(5b)

It's snowing here this morning - not the 4" the forecast was calling for though (not yet at least....) All the blooming spring bulbs have disappeared under a blanket of white :-( It's pretty out there though - but a scene more appropriate to early December than mid-April!

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 10:17AM
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brit5467(7b/8a Coastal VA) violet. LOL...I think the yard is where I originally dug mine up from. Either that, or it was a 'hitchiker' in a purchased plant :)

Whatever the case, I have a whole area in garden where they took over. And I love them so much, I have chunks dug up from planting new plants and have saved them on trays in grocery bags because I can't bear to discard them. I'll tuck 'em in between once I'm all done with new plantings.

Same with oxallis. Some people dig it up. I save it when it's in the way and transplant!!


    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 10:52AM
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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

Thanks for the visual treat, you have some beauties there. My hellebores are past their best now, along with the grape hyacinths, early tulips and mini daffodils. Lots of the clemies are in bud and the pulmonarias are still looking good but nothing as eye catching as you've shown here. Hmmmm, that little ginkgo, I wonder, Christin how big does it eventually grow, height and width, I'm running out of space here.


    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 11:02AM
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christinmk z5b eastern WA

-Annette, my Iseli Nursery tag says the Ginkgo grows 4-6" per year and will reach a size of about 3-4ft in 10 years.

Another site (Missouri Botanical) says it will get only 2x2 in ten years and will ultimately get to a size of about 3ft tall and 8ft wide.

I've also read that they are great bonsai plants, so you could easily keep it containerized too ;-)

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 1:27PM
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