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Tag: Bloom Day

  • Garden Blogger Bloom Day – May 2012

    May 15, 2012
    Hardy Fuchsia under Japanese Laceleaf Maple

    Hardy Fuchsia under Japanese Laceleaf Maple

    Finding blooms in May isn’t hard, especially this year. We’ve had lots of warm, sunny days interspersed with rain. The plants are loving it and really showing their stuff.

    This makes the bees really happy too. Our bumblers are the size of hummingbirds this spring. And, Ballard Bee Company has installed two new honeybee hives in the garden, so everything’s all a-buzz. May has been light on rain and heavy on warm, sunny days so the blooms are popping early & lasting longer than they often do in our usual, rainy, cool Seattle springs. We’ll take it!

    Enkianthus in Pink

    Enkianthus in Pink

    Jack Frost Brunnera in Dappled Shade

    Jack Frost Brunnera in Dappled Shade

    Huge Bumblebee harvesting from Geranium

    Huge Bumblebee harvesting from Geranium

  • Garden Blogger Bloom Day – January 2012

    January 15, 2012
    Arbutus unedo

    Arbutus unedo blooming well past its usual fall flower season

    Today the big news is snow!

    That being said, a few intrepid winter flowers are coloring up the garden even as the snow flurries all ’round.

    Fortunately, these hardy plants feed the birds and bees during times like these when foraging is rough for wildlife.

    Year-round flowers mean much more than just eye candy for humans. For wildlife, they can mean the difference between surviving winter or dying a cold, frigid death on days like today.

    Enjoy the beauty ahead!

    Witch Hazel

    Hamamelis: a Hummingbird banquet in January

    Garrya elliptica

    Long chains of Garrya's silvery-green-white are just beginning to break open

    Schizostylis

    A lone Schizostylis bud glowing pink in the cold

    Sarcococca confusa

    Perfuming the garden: Sarcococca confusa blooms

  • Garden Blogger Bloom Day – August 2011

    August 15, 2011
    Hardy Fuchsia

    Beautiful Hardy Fuchsia: A favorite of Hummingbirds & with Edible Berries!

    Last week this blog’s updates were all about food. But here’s a reminder: most all those delicious veggies are actually fruit. And without the flowers, we wouldn’t get those tasty nuggets. And, in many cases, without a visit from the bees to the flowers, well, the food wouldn’t form.

    So, let’s take a quick peek at what’s blooming in the garden this August — from flowers the feed us to those that feed the bees to some that just look darn pretty!

    Mexican Oregano

    Mexican Oregano: For Cooking in the Kitchen & Feeding the Bees

    Saucy Paste Tomato Flower

    Green Tomatoes Formed & Flowers Keep Coming on this Saucy Paste Variety

    Love Lies Bleeding

    Curtains of Love Lies Bleeding - a plant you can pet & many varieties are edible too!

    Foxley Thyme & Honeybee

    Foxely Thyme is uniquely beautiful, edible & a favorite of our honeybees

    Hardy Fuchsia

    Another Darling Hardy Fuchia near Monkshood Foliage

  • Garden Blogger Bloom Day – November 2010

    November 15, 2010
    Statue graced by lingering Eryssimum blossom

    Statue graced by lingering Erysimum blossom

    It may be bloom day out here in the blogosphere, but in my garden it’s anything but. A few stragglers are putting on last shows before the winter bloomers kick into gear. It’s during these times I’m especially grateful for evergreens, garden art and stone, peely & colorful bark, fall leaf color, and ripening berries. Tall Miscanthus feather-duster plumes sway in the breeze even as the blades begin to yellow for winter. Many trees are bare, yet late-coloring Acer griseum is just beginning to show its red autumn beauty. Grape hyacinth strappy foliage is already emerging from the ground to wait out the winter and bloom early in spring. Cotoneaster lacteus berry color is deepening, now an orange-red will become Santa-suit red with the first freezes.

    When the garden is no longer a riot of mid-summer color, those pops that do grace our spaces take on new importance and often strike an even more powerful cord as they peek out from below the mountain of leaves we find ourselves forever raking in November. There’s something powerful in these reminders that despite the shorter, darker, seemingly barren days of autumn and winter, the garden — the earth itself — is alive beneath our feet.

    Although a few mums, salvias, Arbutus,¬† late lilies, and fuchsia continue to bloom (and feed the hungry hummingbirds) , I sought out some of the more surprising elements of color to share for this month’s bloom day. Enjoy! (more…)

  • Garden Blogger Bloom Day – October 2010

    October 18, 2010
    Zinnias are still pushing out Bee-feeding Flowers

    Zinnias are still pushing out Bee-feeding Flowers

    October is the month that finds Garden Blogger Bloom Day and Blog Action Day overlapping on the 15th. Because Blog Action Day comes but once a year and because issues like world water and climate change mean a lot to me, I find myself posting my October blossom shots a few days late. Fortunately for me, there are loads of plants in my garden still blooming. Arbutus unedo is just starting to flower. Tiny mums are adding rusty reds to evergreen shrub borders. Feverfew brightens dark corners. Even my passionfruit is reacting to the sunlight change and throwing some last flowers; alas, its unlikely I’ll get fruit from these late blooms. Tiny, hardy cyclamen flowers are coloring up under layers of maple leaf autumn duff. Summer may be over, but the garden show isn’t! Although I didn’t capture shots of everything showing off in the garden, here are a few eye-catchers still flowering and feeding the bees and birds in the garden: (more…)

  • Garden Blogger Bloom Day – August 2010

    August 15, 2010
    Swallow Tail Butterfly Loves Fragrant White Garden Phlox

    Swallow Tail Butterfly Intoxicated by Phlox Nectar

    It’s not hard to find blooms in the garden in August. The hardest part is choosing which to photograph and finding a time to take photos when the light isn’t glaring or the hot, easterly winds aren’t blowing.

    This morning, before the sun began blasting out all the colors and while the air was still, I captured a few shots among the many glorious blossoms including, finally, capturing a photo of one my favorite sights in summer – Swallow Tail Butterflies. They are absolutely in love with my the fragrant, white garden Phlox all over my garden. This plant can become invasive — seeding and spreading underground. But, I am in love with its fragrance — as well as the butterflies that pollinate it! (more…)

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