…. or as it could also be called; “The dance of the yet unplanted”. Temperature-wise, this winter was a rough one, and it was also a very busy one. So busy, in fact, that most everything procured last fall are still languishing in their pots – or in the case of some most unfortunate bulbs – still in their bags. Oh horror! Luckily, there were some previously planted things that could bring spring cheer when I needed it the most.
The most delightful surprise is the Daphne. After a winter where most everyone else’s Daphnes dropped most of their leaves. I think mine powered through because of where it is – sheltered under a majestic evergreen Magnolia, and backed up by a Fatsia japonica. It dropped a few, but very little comparatively. And it smells so GOOD!
In return for the lost leaves, it seems it doubled up on flowers, but this is probably just my imagination. Whatever it is, I can’t recall ever seeing it covered in clusters of flowers all the way up the stem like this.
The Edgeworthia in the backyard fared much worse. Although I did cover it up, the freeze burned off most of its blossoms this year. Behind the branches, you can see the outlines of a broken pot turned upside down. I put it there to protect a baby Tetrapanax from at least some of the winds. I don’t think it worked – for all intents and purposes, it looks decidedly dead. Ever the optimist, I’m leaving it in the ground just in case. Just in case…
Like a Christmas tree at a pre-school – decorated by the pint-sized constituents – the few flowers that made it are all around the very bottom of the shrub. I was so excited to see them!
For as much as it had been whipped around by the howling east-winds, I really didn’t think I would get much out of the Clematis armandii ‘Appleblossom’ this spring. Ha! I was totally wrong!
I confess to only being a moderate fan of Andromedas but the fiery red new shoots of Pieris ‘Forest Flame’ earns it its spot in the garden every spring. However, this past winter I learned something vital that made me appreciate it so much more – this plant is a hugely important source of food for our native bees. We have over 4,000 of them in Oregon alone.
Our native Sword ferns made it through largely unscathed…
… as did the Tassel ferns, which are coming forth full force.
The Birdsnest fern took a bit of a beating, but I love the decorative “stitching” along the curled-up edges.
Like a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis, the Podophyllum pleianthum is unfolding its massive leaves from its “pupas”. It is a sight to behold!
The painted mosaic of the leaves of the prolific self-seeder Arum italicum ‘Pictum’ is a welcome sight wherever it pops up.
Vancouveria hexandra sticks its furry little head out of the ground. When I first saw this plant, I thought it was a Maidenhair fern on steroids, but soon learned that it can hold its own even in such distinguished company. It gets really cool flowers in the summers too – dainty as can be.
Hellebores abound – I LOVE THEM! This one is still in its pot. The ferny foliage you see in the background is a blooming Grevillea ‘Scarlet Sprite’ – also still in its pot.
Another recent acquisition – bought from Dan Hinkley at our recent Plant Nerd Night – also still in its pot. Really, someone needs to hide my wallet…
This one is lucky. Sure, it’s out of focus, but at least it is in the ground!
The Hydrangeas are sprouting. They are going to be evicted this year – I’m too stingy with the water, so they never really seem to do all that well. Besides they are too big for my mini garden. I think they need a new home where they can be allowed to shine!
A spring time favorite, purchased last week at the grocery store. Yup – still unplanted.
Anemone hepatica – or ‘Blåsippa’ in my native Sweden. The photo is from a couple of weeks ago, but it is still going strong. A little worse for the wear after the torrential rains we’ve been having, but still gorgeous. This is one of my all-time favorites.
It could probably be said that I have a thing for Anemones and Ranunculus, period. I couldn’t resist a couple of them the other day at the grocery store. This week, I got sworn in for my American citizenship. It dawned on me that paired with these white daffodils, I suppose they could represent my new flag…
… just as paired with the yellow of mini-daffodils, this nice blue one can easily represent the flag of my other country. The blackened casualty in the background is one of winter’s victims – an Acacia dealbata planted last spring. It was nice while it lasted, and now I can put something else in its stead. But what…?
Rip van Winkle – the most adorable of the mini-daffodils. So cute – like a little solar flare!
Head over to Carol and May Dreams Gardens, and Pam at Digging to see what else is sprouting in gardens across the nation and the world this month. The next time I post, it will be Spring! Hooray! 🙂