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Denver Brownies

These are sooooo good. I think these may rank as one of my favorite of Maida's numerous brownie recipes (my favorites are the Palm Beach Brownies and the Santa Fe Brownies ). Maida Heatter says she got the recipe at a television station in Denver and was told that Julia Child had raved about them. I can see why.  3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. salt 1/3 cup honey 2 tbsp. water or coffee 4 oz. (1 stick) unsalted butter, in pieces at room temperature 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2 eggs 1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) walnuts or pecans, cut into medium-sized pieces 2 tbsp. bourbon, brandy, or rum Preheat oven to 325. Line a 9-inch square pan with foil. Butter the foil and set aside. (Note: It is helpful to cut the foil large enough so that it drapes over the sides of the pan. This will make it easier to remove from the pan). Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Place the honey, water or coffee, butter and choco

March Bloom Day 2018

Anemone coronaria 'Marianne Blue'

Spring is springing here in south Washington and it is an exciting time. We have had some warm temperatures lately (warmer than average) and the garden is quickly coming out of its winter slumber.

Camellia 'Nuccio Bella Rosa' just started blooming today. I kept it covered during the recent freezes.

Of course, the daffodils are blooming everywhere around town. I planted a few along the strip next to the road and they are not making a huge show yet, but they are blooming. 

Euphorbia characieas wulfenii starting to unfurl. 

This beautiful Euphorbia was already planted here when we moved in. It is really striking.

Helleborus x ballardiae Gold Collection 'Merlin' has been blooming for months now.

Magnolia x loebneri 'Dr. Merrill' is one of the earliest trees I planted. It is in one of the terraced beds and I don't think it is going to be too big there once it starts to expand. I should have already moved it. The question is where?

Spirea thunbergii 'Ogon' - I never grew this variety before but loved it in one of the tour gardens last year. They had massed it to dramatic effect.

Viburnum 'Spring Bouquet' is another shrub that is probably ill placed. There are two growing along the hell strip border. 

Lily of the Valley Shrub (Pieris japonica 'Valley Frost'). This is one of three different varieties in the garden. My photos of the other two came out unfocused. This is a very popular shrub here and you see them everywhere. 

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is hosted by May Dreams Gardens. Check out what is blooming in other blogger's gardens around the world and share your photos as well.

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. Beautiful Phillip! I have never seen that Lilly of the Valley shrub before! Thanks for sharing all your spring beauties.

  2. Your photos are beautiful. It was hard to pick a favorite, but I would have to say the spirea. I live in the "snow zone" in the Northeast, so it was a treat seeing what was in bloom in your area.

  3. Your blooms are about on the same schedule as ours, but we have hit a chill spell, which hopefully may makes ours last a little longer than normal.

  4. You do have some beautiful blooms Phillip. As to those shrubs you are worrying about moving, leave them there. They look quite happy. Happy GBBD.

  5. Beautiful blooms! Great variety of colors!
    Happy Garden Bloggers Bloom Day!

  6. I have never seen Euphorbia like that before. So beautiful

  7. Love the Euphorbias, especially the one with the red-tint foliage.

  8. Your garden wears spring beautifully! Love Camellia 'Bella Rosa.' The symmetrical petal arrangement is gorgeous and the new red foliage is fabulous. Unfortunately, I forgot to adequately water one I planted last summer. It survived but lost some of it's fullness and isn't blooming this spring. Oh well, maybe in a few years.

  9. Those little blue Anemones always set my heart aflutter. I keep trying and failing with them. Maybe that elusive tease is part of the attraction? Either way, I keep trying...

  10. Marvelous photos of the different flowers. Such a beauty !
    Best, Synnöve

  11. Beautiful images Phillip. I can't wait to see your garden this summer! See you at work next week!

  12. All your photos are stunning, as usual, but oh my, that anemone stole my heart.

  13. I'm not usually a fan, but I *really* like your Hellebore!

  14. I've been looking for that gorgeous Camellia 'Nuccio Bella Rosa' to add to my garden. I don't have many Camellias, but that's one I think is worth trying. I wasn't a big fan of all the white Pieris when I first moved here, but I only recently realized there were quite a few with bright ruby-like drupes of flowers, which I love!

  15. Wow! These are utterly beautiful images. I love the euphorbia, especially. Do you mind me asking what lens you use on your camera? I am looking to buy a macro lens for my SLR; I want to take close-ups of flowers, with a nice blurry background.

    1. Thank you very much Ali! I use both a general Nikon 50mm and the Nikon 105mm. The 105mm is the more expensive lens. It can get really pristine images but I often having trouble focusing it (part of that is just me not knowing how to use the focus properly).

  16. Every time I see Viburnum 'Spring Bouquet' I wonder why I don't have it in my garden. I'm envious of the anemones and hellebores too.

  17. I love 'Ogon' spirea. It's one of my go-to shrubs in Oklahoma believe it or not. Also, the hellebores! Mine are finally doing their thing. Will you grow Daphne there Phillip? I love the perfume. It's often been blooming in February when I speak at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. Happy Bloom Day!

  18. Love those blue Anemones. The bicolor Daffs look really good also.


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