Aug 27, 2014

Summer sights

Summer is not complete without gorgeous sunflowers

The heart of summer!!!!
I adore these sunflowers


Joe Pye weed from 2012 seed, "Hanna's Heart" Katsure tree in back.

Jun 29, 2014

Summer garden blossoms

My Lavatera is blooming, and that is a sure sign of summer. Northwesterners say that summer does not start until July 4th, and that is just a few days away. Unbelievable!!

Lavatera Mallow

Payday for the gardener

Boysenberry blossoms

Red currants

Godetia, a new (to me) favorite

Golden Spiraea and bold pink saucer blossoms, buzzing with bees

Candytuft "Fairy Mix" and young  golden privet

Tomato town. One newcomer in front amid the goliaths
Candytuft's geometric structure revealed from straight above

Sourwood, candytuft, Rose-of-Sharon

Cheerful yellow lillies

May 28, 2014

Summer is Here!

The late spring and summer-around-the-corner has been lovely in the garden. Many flowering plants here are at their peak right now.
"Gallery Pink" Lupine and "Rozanne" Geraniums

Burning bush with golden foliage, pink Cistus albidus Rock Rose, more "Rozanne"

Clear lilac purple German Bearded Iris

Snowball Viburnum and more patches of "Rozanne"

Check out how beautiful "Rozanne" foliage is when hit with the first frosts.

"Gallery Pink" growing in part shade, hence the lighter color, and Snowballs
My own Garden Club just wrapped up our annual fundraising plant sale. It was a real success and the weather cooperated beautifully.

Pictures are here:

Quilcene-Brinnon Garden Club

May 6, 2014

Gardeners and Garden Blogs

The trouble with being a garden blogger is that when the garden starts getting good, there is so little time for blogging! Spring's sweet perfection is here now, and has unleashed a torrent of gardening chores and pleasures.

Tulip with raindrops and delphinium foliage, pansy and camellia.

Sweet "Tete-a'Tete" miniature daffodils, a new favorite.
They stand up well to winds and rain, never flopping.

Fun idea from the internet:

Jan 19, 2014

The Mâche Pit (Valerianella locusta)

Mâche is a gloriously hardy edible French green, also known as corn salad. I have overwintered some, and not the coldest cold snap we had here killed it - or even slowed it down.

I planted these "Ed Hume" mâche seeds in late September. I thought it was almost too late to plant the seeds, but did it anyway. They germinated quickly but grew very slowly. The plants started maturing right around Thanksgiving. I served a bed of mâche leaves with carrot slaw on top. Delicious! To harvest, the whole plant is taken. Roots are trimmed off. I harvested half the bed, and let the rest carry on into winter.

I will definitely plant this delicious mini-lettuce again in late Fall 2014.

To have vibrant green freshness like this, when so much else is dormant, is nice as an edible and visual treat.

Also thriving in the January garden is super-hardy salad burnet (Sanguisorba minor). I really like the burnet! I plan to pot up the volunteers. Deer absolutely will not touch this stuff! Not one bite. I have started a row of this up on the driveway, unirrigated and patrolled by deer.

When salad burnet is not blooming (which it does all spring and summer, well into fall) it has fresh ferny leaves. It will all get a haircut in early spring. Below is some thriving during a cold snap.

Below is a tiny self-seeded burnet start, cuddling with a thuggish rosette of shotweed (Cardamine hirsuta). Shotweed (AKA "land cress" or "flickweed" is a dreadful garden weed that has enjoyed this dry winter. It is a weed that MUST be pulled or hoed before it blooms. If the matured flowers and seed heads are disturbed, it shoots a cloud of seeds up into your eyeballs. Hate that.