Saturday, October 15, 2016

Bloom Day

This is a half-hearted attempt as a bloom day post. Today is a blustery, wet and stormy day as we await the approach of a major storm approaching the Pacific NW. There was a tornado on the coast of Oregon yesterday. We have just had lots of wind and rain. It is a good day to stay inside and put on a pot of soup which I plan to do!

As soon as the weather clears up, I plan to clean out the vegetable garden, finish trimming the laurel hedge and continue planting new plants in the garden. All of the blooming flowers still look great. I was surprised and excited to see the delphinium bloom again.

Sumac 'Tiger Eyes', Salvia chiapensis and delphinium.

 It took a long time for the marigolds to take off but once they did, they have showed no signs of stopping.
Marigolds and nasturtium

Sedum 'Autumn Glory'

Check out May Dreams Garden blog for more gardener's bloom day posts!

Now, on to the soup!

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

solomons-seal-persicaria-hosta I have been enjoying the beautiful fall-like weather and planting up a storm. I will share what I've been doing in a future post. I actually took time this morning to take a few photos for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day which I usually miss altogether. The above photo was taken out front along the foundation. It is kind of a hot mess of Fleece Flower (Persicaria 'Red Dragon'), hostas and Solomon's Seal - more of a foliage shot but at least the Fleece Flower is blooming. Speaking of, it is a sprawling mess right now and I will move it later in the fall. I don't think it gets enough sun. Actually, I will be moving a lot of plants this year. Live and learn!

Some of the potted plants first -

'Dragon Wing' begonia by the front door

We love this little begonia and I don't recall the name of it. It is a little blooming machine, doing perfectly fine in full shade. I hope I can overwinter it.

Now on to plants in the ground -

The blooms have been a bit stingy but I am loving Pink Princess Escallonia (Escallonia x exoniensis 'Fradesii')

Yarrow (Achillea)

Our neighbors gave us this dahlia - isn't it stunning? The blooms are huge and more are on the way.

Peacock Orchid (Gladiolus murielae)

Buddleia 'Buzz Hot Raspberry' - a dwarf variety of Butterfly Bush that has bloomed non-stop since I planted it.

A new plant for me - Potentilla 'Gold Star'. I found this on the discount table at Portland Nursery. The bees love it. last week.

Penstemon mexicala 'Windwalker Garnet'

Penstemon 'Violet Kissed'

Bougainvillea 'Barbara Karst'

Lion's Ear (Leonotis nepetifolia), another amazing plant that is new to me.

Some roses to finish the post - Hybrid Tea rose 'Gold Medal'

Miniature rose 'Boogie Woogie'. The poor thing has blackspot but it has been blooming like mad.

English rose 'Lady of Shallot', the first rose I planted, just starting another flush of blooms.

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is held on the 15th of each month. You can see what is blooming in other blogger's gardens at May Dreams Gardens.

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy