Friday, March 15, 2013

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, March 2013

As so often happens in March at the gardens of Longview Ranch, a lot of plants are almost in bloom. Since I worry that they'll be open and gone by the middle of April, you are going to see some serious buds along with my flowers this month.

First, an indoor bloom I've been enjoying this month. For the first time, Clivia Belgian Hybrid Orange is sporting two bloom trusses!

This year, Camellia japonica 'April Kiss' is at her best yet. Lack of major, drenching rainfall means we get to enjoy the blooms of all the camellias much longer.

Planted for privacy, she crested the fence last spring and has added at least a foot of height over the past year.

Arctostaphylos 'Austin Griffiths' is now in full bloom. It seems like a good spring for all the manzanitas I've seen this year.

My NOID Hellebore looks so much better after I wised up and took off the old foliage. Now I can see the flowers!

Here's one of those major buds I mentioned: Rhododendron 'Shamrock' hasn't quite got its act together for St. Patrick's Day, but it's working on it.

A lovely Primula from Ryan in our fall plant exchange.

Oxalis 'Ruby Slippers', from Cistus Nursery via Plant Nerd Night this past Friday.

I might like the blossoms of our native Mahonia aquifolium best at this stage, when they have a blush of red just before opening.

Sarcoccoca hookeriana var humilis is still covered with blooms, but the scent is not as strong as they age.

Carex morrowii 'Evergold' has these funny, hairy little brown flowers.

The red and pink inherited Camellia japonica are in full bloom.

Rosemary 'Bonny Jean', contrasting nicely with the brick planter it lives in.

Euphorbia NOID.

Tulipa hageriana x aucheriana 'Little Princess' - yes, in bud.

Evergreen Huckleberry - almost open.

Mahonia nervosa is still in bud. I love the contrast between its bright yellowy-green flower buds and its seasonal red stems and purple leaves.

Bloom Day is hosted monthly by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Pay her a visit to see what else is blooming this Ides of March. Happy Bloom Day!


  1. Beautiful camellias & your buds are exciting! The promise of things to come is often as thrilling as the things themselves! LOVE the oxalis! Must visit Cistus soon. Maybe I can do Hortlandia and Highway 30 in the same day.

  2. I did the same thing, showed a bunch of unopened flowers because I was afraid they would be past by the time next Bloom Day rolls around. The Camellias are gorgeous, and I'm so glad you've had less rain to ruin them. I love that red Oxalis too. But I fear that Oxalis does not like my garden, the two patches I have are not thriving.

  3. Love the color of your NOID euphorbia, if you ever do figure out what it is I'd love to know.

  4. Wow! You've got spring going on. I love that rosemary but lose it every year or two.

  5. Beautiful, jane!! Clivia are of my favourite plants! At the nursery I am surrounded by huge orange and yellow blooms and I just love it!

  6. Your Camelias and Arctostapholys are outstanding!

  7. Hi Jane, Your camelias are fabulous! It's been a wonderful year for them. It's a shame I've only just been introduced to your blog through the FB group. I lived across the river from you in Rainier for eight years before moving last summer. I miss the coastal influence on the weather. It looks like spring is moving right along in your gardens. Cheers, Jenni

  8. I covet your camellias! I forget how beautiful they are when they're not hedged into lollipops.

  9. Oh, that little primrose is adorable! I think I'm going to be one of those old lady primrose collectors some day.

  10. Mahonia aquifolium looks like the one to have. Good you got to enjoy the camellias a while before the drenching rains did arrive.


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