Drat...I swear I'm always at least a day late for GBBD...and this month is no exception! This time, the only excuse I have is that the weather in Portland was SPECTACULAR this weekend and I spent as much of it outside as I could! As I type this today, there is a gentle rain falling, which is nice, because I do tend to miss the rain after a few sunny days. I'm especially grateful to live in Portland, today, after seeing photos of the area around my hometown this morning. Apparently, they got GRAPEFRUIT-sized hail in places, and in others, 3' drifts of hail...UNBELIEVABLE! For all you in the Midwest, I hope you made it through ok...and your gardens aren't too badly off. Anyway, let's get the show started!
It's no surprise that the biggest showing this month comes from spring bulbs, mostly, the tulips. Every spring, when I see everyone else's gardens full of tulips, I swear that THIS will be the year I really do it right and plant tons of them in the fall. Then fall rolls around, which is the time of year I kind of just want to enjoy the gardens last hurrah, and I somehow forget to plant them.
Last year, however, I really did plant quite a few new ones, which was much easier in the newly-planted parking strips, since the plants were still fairly small. I have no idea how people plant them in established beds, which, at least here in Portland, are still going (fairly) strong until late November or December. It's not exactly fun elbowing aside large perennials,trying to pop in bulbs!
Yikes...I didn't even realize my neighbor's recycling bins were in this shot until just now...oops!
One thing I've never been good at is remember the names of the Tulips I plant. I think part of it is just that I don't expect them to live longer than 3 years (which is about as long as most hybrid Tulips seem to last), so try not to get too attached. I also realize, once they start blooming, that while I start with set color schemes, I inevitably end up with a few extra bulbs that get planted anywhere I can find space...hence these random yellow tulips!
Hyacinthoides (Spanish Bluebells)
While these are beautiful in flower, their leaves flop all over emerging perennials, smothering them. Also, right as they finish flowering, the leaves don't wilt so much as they disintegrate into strappy green slime ribbons...ugh. I've been slowly trying to thin them out...and honestly, end up tossing what seems like thousands of them into the compost each year. Oh well...let's enjoy the flowers for now ;-)
While the white version I have is just on the verge of flowering, the magenta ones have been going for over a month. I love their rich, warm coloring...and they are pretty much indestructible.
It's probably our cool weather, but it seems like daffodils flower for months here in Portland, which I don't remember them doing back in the Midwest. These are getting moved as soon as they are done flowering this year...back in the border where larger perennials will hide their foliage, which again, here in Portland, can stick around until August or September.
I have an ever-expanding patch of our native Oxalis on the north side of the house, where it grows beneath Ferns, Hostas, and Rodgersias. It's happily evergreen and for most of the spring and summer, blooms off and on.
Oxalis oregana 'Pink Select'
I even have a pink-flowered Oxalis I got years ago from Xera plants at the HPSO plant sale. I sort of forgot about it at some point and it's been invaded by turf grass...ugh...that's one project I dread this summer, digging this all up and pulling out all the grass.
|Corydalis 'Bronze Beauty'
|Purple Border Iris
These crazy Knautias in the back yard have been blooming for the past month or so...the blooms are a bit stunted, but hey, they are blooms.
So, there you have it, a quick tour of what's blooming here on Rhone Street right now, for more blooms from around the world, head over to our gracious hostess, Carol, at May Dreams Garden.
And now...to work on the Foliage Follow-Up Post!