Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day - June 2022

Here we are, halfway through June and almost halfway through the year. The skies in most of the Pacific Northwest have been cloudy, cool and wet for too long, and continue as I write this. I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of days I haven't needed an extra layer. I am cold! Although most of the plants continue to grow and bloom, they are all behind by at least two weeks from last year. I guess I should be grateful we haven't had a repeat of last year's heat dome, but really, does it have to be feast or famine?

Okay, I'll stop whining and show you what's blooming this month at Longview Ranch, with a couple of Astoria flowers at the end for fun.

Erigeron glaucus is just beginning, but the bumblebees instantly gravitated to it.

Brugmansia sangunea surprised me with a lush trumpet bloom about a week ago. It's holding nicely and another is forming to follow it.

I have been nursing this Echium wildprettii along for two and a half years. This year, it finally decided to spit out some blooms, but it's apparent that the center was stunted or damaged this past winter. At this point, however, I'll take whatever it cares to give.

This is my first time growing Dactylorhiza.  D. fuchsii 'Bressingham Bonus' has the coolest patterned florets that easily show why it's in the orchid family.


Lewisia continue to bloom this month, probably because of our cooler weather. Here are two L. cotyledon 'Sunset Shades'. They are one of my favorite natives!

Ceanothus 'Victoria' has been glorious outside our dining room window. Because I suffer from a complete inability to understand mature plant sizes, you can spot two Eremuris coming up through its structure.

Nicotiana alata 'Lime Green' adds the perfect acid note to the shade garden. I don't know whether it will self-seed, but I hope it does that, or comes back from the base next year.

And here are a couple of happy Astoria dwellers. Cistus obtusifolius is in its third year and blooming like mad - much to the delight of my local bees.

Lastly, several Penstemon 'Electric Blue' have weathered deer predation and extreme weather for two years. I can't say they are the best examples of their cultivar, but I'm happy to see a few intense blue flowers bravely blooming.

Bloom Day is brought to you by the lovely Carol, of May Dreams Gardens, where you can see all sorts of flowering plants on the 15th of each month.

Happy Bloom Day, all!

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day - May 2022

The cold, wet spring continues at Longview Ranch. Everyone is hoping for a bit of warmth, but there's no denying the wet weather with its mountain snowpack will be a positive thing come summer. And the plants just keep growing, though some flowers are getting tattered by the rain. Here are some very moist examples.

I love the reliable Lewisia cotyledon 'Sunset Shades' in my garden. These cultivars of Pacific Northwest wildflowers are happy to grow if given sun and good drainage.

Scilla peruviana is an arresting sight and remarkably hardy in my zone 8b garden. It's hard to tell here but the blooms are up to five inches across.

It's the month for some intense blues; here's Ceanothus 'Joan Mirov' just getting started blooming.

This is the first time I have had any blooms on Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip' reptans 'Mahogany' (thank you LL Garden for noticing my incorrect ID!)  It's getting more sun after we took out a big eucalyptus last spring and that's apparently what it was waiting for.

Iris tenax is, as I mentioned, struggling with the rain.

Our patch of Camassia leichtlineii is always a delight. The blues range from very deep to pale violet.


NOID Pacific Coast iris in a lovely golden shade.

Iris x pacifica 'Drives You Wild' is the most robust PCI I have.

I selected this white iris from a group of lovely Iris x pacifica 'Meadow Pastels' at Xera Plants.

Here's the first, brave California poppy, Eschscholzia californica.

And a few outliers: Lathyrus aureus, a gorgeous tangerine-colored pea flower, still waiting for its place in the garden.


The tiny flowers on Berberis verruculosa.


The filmy little flowers of Luzula nivea. This happy grass loves shade and manages with a modicum of water.


Finally, a couple of little native penstemon blooming this month in the Northwest Territory. Here is P. rupicola. davidsonii var menziesii. (Thank you, Tamara!)

And Penstemon davidsonii var menziesii. rupicola (and another hat-tip to Tamara for straightening me out!) Both are lovely little groundcovers.

May is our namesake sponsor's special month at May Dreams Gardens. Jump over there to see what else is blooming for Carol and other bloggers this Bloom Day.

Happy Bloom Day, all!

Friday, April 15, 2022

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - April 2022

It's been an unseasonably cold month at Longview Ranch in Portland, Oregon, since the false spring of March's Bloom Day post. Mother Nature has severely rationed her lovely days, yet flowers are opening and plants continue to grow. Here's what's blooming for April's Bloom Day.

First up is a series of lovely spring ephemerals.  You can spot an ipheion, Primula 'Hose-in-Hose Yellow', and a pulmonarium in this mix, in addition to Primula veris 'Sunset Shades' as seen in more detail below.

This one is a deep orange.

Another P. veris in a redder tone.

And a golden orange P. veris. I love the bold color the 'Sunset Shades' primulas series bring to the springtime garden.

Here's a closer look at Ipheion uniflorum 'Alberto Castillo'.

The little flush of flowers on Mukdenia rossii 'Karasuba'.

We added one of my favorites, Arctostaphylos x media 'Martha Ewan' to the Northwest Territory last year. This year she's happily giving us a few blooms.

Also in the NW Territory, Cornus 'Eddies White Wonder' is unfurling.

And Ribes sanguineum is rounding things out with a resounding pink pop.

The lovely deep red flowers of Malus 'Prarifire' are about perfect right now.

More pink: Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Fire Dance'.

Ceanothus 'Victoria' is just beginning to bloom. She is listing badly to the west after our surprise snowfall earlier this week, and will need some tying and staking in order to support her blooms.

Lastly, here's a miniature Iris, cultivar unknown, that has adapted to my tough love approach. It's the first of my miniature and dwarf Iris to bloom and has me anticipating the rest later this month.

And that's it for Bloom Day at Longview Ranch this month. To see more beautiful flowers from all over, visit Carol, at May Dreams Gardens, where she hosts Bloom Day on the 15th of each month.

Happy Bloom Day, all!

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - March 2022

It's Garden Blogger's Bloom Day and it's nearly "official" spring (we've had meteorological spring since the beginning of March.) That's cause for a double helping of flowers and buds around my Zone 8b (almost 9a) inner-city Portland garden. Let's take a look.

Okay, this IS Portland, so I'm starting with camellias. This is Camellia japonica 'April Kiss' and her perfect blossoms endear her to me every spring. She is almost never damaged by spring rains, the way many japonicas can be, nor even the hail that's falling as I type this post! I also appreciate the way 'April Kiss' functions as part of a screen between us and the big AirBnb house right next door. She earns her keep.

Camellia transnokoensis has had a lovely, long season of bloom. It's been going strong since this time last month.

Loropetalum chinense var rubrum 'Fire Dance' responded to the increased light from some tree removal last year by putting on growth, and now a nice display of blooms. Unlike L. chinense var. rubrum 'Sizzling Pink', which lost its purple color and has been evicted from the garden, the foliage on 'Fire Dance' has deepened over time.

Luzula sylvatica 'Aurea' has great year-round, yellow-green foliage. Look again this month and you'll see little flowerheads topping its grassy leaves.

For some reason, I have had a tough time growing Pulmonaria in the past. I'm thrilled that this one from Skyler at Tangly Cottage Gardening has survived summer and winter to flower for Bloom Day.

Although it's not quite in bloom yet, I couldn't overlook Ribes sanguineum as it prepares to burst forth. With the warmer, wetter weather we are having, I think it will only be a matter of days before some of the flowers open.

The primulas are slowly waking up. This is P. denticulata and it's the first of the drumstick primulas to flower.

Since Mahonia aquifolium is the Oregon state flower, how could we not have several of the genus to bloom in the Northwest Territory this month? The top picture is M. repens, just beginning to open. At the bottom is M. aquifolium in full bloom. It makes me and the bumblebees happy.

Ribes davidii is a great, low-growing ground cover. Its tiny, hard-to-spot blossoms are almost gone already.

More in-your-face is this bright combo of Erysimum 'Winter Orchid' and a prostrate rosemary.

Also not shy, Narcissus 'Tete-a-Tete', from a birthday potful years back, blooms reliably every March.

 An unknown Epimedium from a swap years ago is in full bloom near my hose bib.

The unknown Hellebores I showed last month are still happy in the sunny back garden. I love the way the sun looks shining through their petals.


Now for a couple of budding oddities: This is Mukdenia rossii 'Karasuba". I never realized that it has these weird flower heads that emerge before the foliage starts to unfurl. You can see the olive-green young leaves in the background.

And lastly, this is not a flower, I know. But the fuzzy, alien sprouts of Syneilesis aconitifolia, or Shredded Umbrella plant, never fail to amuse me, so I thought I'd share them here.

And that's it for March's Bloom Day. Check out Carol's post, at May Dreams Gardens, to see what else is blooming this March 15th.

Happy Bloom Day, all!