As I wandered around my gardens the other day I thought how nice it would be to have documentation of what is currently blooming, so I can keep track of what is happening when. Why my first thought was to just write it down is beyond me! I’d kept detailed notes on all of my plants and gardens years ago, but that’s not nearly as fun as taking photos of them. So I grabbed my camera and went to it.
And that sparked the idea that it might be fun to document a bit about my gardens, gardening experiences, projects, etc and share them here on my blog. This space is random and just all about my life and this time of year, gardening definitely stakes its claim on a good portion of my time. So it feels natural to include a ‘garden journal’ of sorts, every now and again.
First off, though… we are at a pretty high elevation here in Oregon (zone 8) and my plants seem to bloom a bit later than typical. But this year, we had SUCH a mild winter that plants started emerging earlier and blooming sooner than I’d anticipated. I’m not complaining, though! It’ll just be interesting to see what happens during the summer and how these bloom times vary next year. I’m excited to share these with you, but in case the notes seem silly, I’m writing them as a reminder to myself.
Here we go.
(I have quite a few of these guys, and have only documented the names of a few. I have yet to screw up growing hostas so I’m always happy to plant more when there is room. However, there is not much more room in my shade beds! Abba Dabba Do … really really needs dividing! Time to think of where my next shade garden will be!)
(This is one of my favorite hosta as it stays dense and low and brightens up this bed … but I can’t find the name! Ahh!)
Catmint – Walker’s Low
(It cannot be a Pacific Northwest shade garden without ferns.)
(I have so many varieties of these guys now but most have been planted recently when I haven’t been keeping good garden notes … I wish I would have done better at keeping track of which is which! Rose Glow … Red Carpet … Bogatella … I love the deep color they add, especially in contrast to all the yellow I have.)
Spirea (Gold Mound) and Mountain Bluet
(This ground cover is drought tolerant, dense, and re-seeds. I love the contrast that the light foliage and white flowers give to the flow of the garden.)
(I always forget to sheer back the spent blooms on this one so it has gone to seed and is popping up all over the front garden. It’s welcomed right now, but I can see it getting to be a bit much.)
Hardy-Geranium – New Hampshire Purple
(I LOVE hardy-geraniums. If I have an empty spot that needs a low grower, this is my go-to plant.)
(Another plant that is out of control! Fortunately, it is growing in a direction where it has all the space in the world to spread and it is right by our fire pit so we smell the scent each time we gather ’round.)
Lilac – Miss Kim
Catmint - Six Hills Giant
(Catmint is one of those that I repeat throughout my sun gardens. It is reliable throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Plus drought tolerant and deer resistant. It’s a staple!)
Clematis – Josephine
(I haven’t given this lovely much attention but she continues to give me a few beautiful blooms each year!)
Salvia – ‘May Night’
(I almost dug all of my Salvia out earlier in the season because it was so overrun with grass that must have come with the plants but with some diligent weeding, they are still here and beautiful!)
(This stuff is out of control (in a good way!). It is spreading, dense and blooming profusely… and letting me know that it really appreciated the sheering job it received last year after it bloomed!)
my one Rose – Bronze Star Hybrid Tea …
(I love this rose. It blooms all three seasons, straight up until November)
Snow Mound Spirea
(This guy has taken over my front garden. It came labeled Snow Mound, but I’m wondering if it isn’t actually Bridal Wreath. It either needs pruning or I need to deepen this garden. It is beautiful when blooming … a big mound of white blooms … so I vote for deepening the garden!)
(These beauties came unlabeled at a discounted price years ago and they continue to be one of my favorite foundation plants in my front gardens.)
Charlie. A staple in my gardens.
(These are just ending … I have a soft spot for these babies, but they do spread quite efficiently by seed and I’m pulling them out of several of my gardens. I’ve had to convince myself that they are not actually a weed. )
Yarrow – ‘Moonshine’
(These are just starting which makes me feel like it should be summertime!! These are another one I love because of their color, textures, deer resistance and drought tolerance. I must divide these soon though … they are starting to sprawl … )
Speedwell – ‘Eveline‘
(I just planted a few of these this season, but it is just too sweet looking not to include here. Next year, it should bloom July to September.)
Spirea – ‘Goldflame‘
(I’m including all of these spireas because I consider their leaves more magnificent than their blooms … they are all about to burst out in bloom, though.)
Spirea – ‘Goldmound‘
Spirea – ‘Magic Carpet’
(purple is blooming, pink, not quite)
Creeping Phlox - ‘Paparazzi Britney’
(These are just finishing … this is such a nice burst of color in early spring when most of the garden is just green and starting.)
Fleabane – Profusion
(This dainty little guy is another that goes to seed and has popped up all along one of my borders. It is so sweet!)
Honeysuckle – Goldflame
(It is blooming beautifully right now, though, I just planted it and it was already blooming. Instant beauty! We’ll see when it blooms next year once it has adapted to its new home.)
(Another one that goes to seed pretty readily. So far I’ve liked all the places it’s randomly popped up, though!)
Exbury Azalea Hybrid “Orange” Cross
(This is one I look forward to all year long. It is my most vibrant plant by far and it smells AMAZING. Plus I remember Matt buying it for me at the huge plant sale in Canby and carrying it through the crowd on his shoulder.).
(This and my other are just finishing their bloom. It is one of my favorites because I can see it well out our back window when I’m in the kitchen, breakfast table or my computer desk. )
Others that have already finished blooming:
– purple Azalea
– White Lilac
Just in writing this, I have so many ideas of what I want to add to this ‘garden journal’ … let’s see if I can keep up with myself!
Photography Friends … all of these were either taken with the 70-200 2.8 or the 105 2.8 Macro. Some were on a sun-setting evening and the others on a drizzly, overcast morning.
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