Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Spring is around the corner

Spring is in the air, I just can smell it. It looked like for a while like Spring this year would never come.
I am used to have my Lilacs blooming around Easter in Oregon, I often use cut branches for my decorative egg tree, it is a German tradition. I put the blooming branches in a Vase and hang my blown out, decorated eggs and other little Easter ornaments on them. This year the Lilacs did not bloom at Easter they are really late this year because of the cool Spring weather we have had so far.
So I couldn't find anything to hang my eggs on to, the Forsythia was almost finished blooming and did not look to good anymore. Even my typical Spring bloomers like the Cowslip Primula just started to bloom right before Easter. There were no Tulips yet, hardly any Daffodils. I have to admit, I had to buy Spring Flowers for my Easter table this year.
But then, all of a sudden the weather turned warm, actually almost too warm and made all my Spring flowers come out, all at once it seemed. So instead having my Spring flowers trickle in over the course of Spring, I am having a burst of Spring flowers. Unfortunately that means they will be also gone as fast as they came.
So I better share my Spring blooming garden now, before it is all gone. Would you like to visit my garden?

Early April blooms

Bosnian Hellboro

Hellboro orientalis

Hellboro Hybrid Picotee Group

Erytronium tuolumnense

Muscari armeniacum

Fritillaria meleagris

Anemone nemerosa 'Stammer Berg'

Camellia japonica 'unknown cultivar'

Primula Gold Lace Group

Euphorbia myrsinites

Pieris jap. 'Crispa'

Pieris jap. 'Bonsai'

Pulmonaria Hybrid 'Margery Fish'

Spiraea thunbergii

Osmanthus burkwoodii

Ribes sanguineum 'Hanneman's White'

Hyazinthus 'maybe Pink Pearl'

Mid April Blooms

Epimedium warleyense

Epimedium Alpinum

Primula Granny Graham

Primula veris 'Sunset Shades'

Primula verticillata

rimula denticulata

Phlox subdulata 'two unknown Cultivars'

Magnolia 'unknown cultivar'

Viola odorata 'unknown cultivar'

Fritillaria uva

Berberis darwinii

Late April Blooms

Anemone apenniana 'Alba'

Anemone blanda 'Blue Star'

Trillium luteum


Primula siebodii 'Pink Blush'

Rhododendron 'unknown cultivar'

Dicentra spectabilis

Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba'


Tulip clusiana

Tulip Tarda

There are also a few other varieties of Tulips blooming right now, only one or two of each are left. I lost almost all of my Tulips this winter to some nasty Voles, which took up residence in my rock wall. They must have munched all winter, there were enough Tulip bulbs for them to not go hungry all winter. Unfortunately I will have to rebuild my stock up again. I was looking forward to a nice display this spring, after I spent all my plant money a year ago on some cool Heirloom bulbs from
Old House Gardens and John Scheepers
Oh well, at least somebody liked them. Next time I will plant them in wire cages to keep them save from critters.


Queenbuv3 said...

Great flowers! I am trying to grow flowers and veggies for the second year in a row. Last year was a disaster but we just moved to a new place and I'm feeling optimistic. Hope my plants look as healthy as yours this year! God bless : )

DieGartenFrau said...

Thank you for the compliment, I was a bit to busy with chickens and weeding this year, so I missed taking pictures of a lot of flowers this spring. There will be another year!
It is taking me a while to get used to vegetable gardening in PCNW, I still have troubles in growing some veggies. Just don't give up, it takes time to get the hang of it.
wishing you a successful growing year

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