Oregon has the best summers and this one is no exception. Sunshine, temperatures in the 80s, cool nights, slight breeze. I think we've had only three or four 90 degree days so far. I'm really thankful.
Just because it's summer doesn't mean I quit buying plants. Check out this newbie. It's a tropical so I'll need to move it inside during the winter but aren't these leaves gorgeous?
|Breynia nivosa 'Roseo-picta'|
Also on the tender side, I'll have to take care not to let this one (below) get exposed to too much cold. I bought it from Annie's Annuals this spring. It just started blooming.
|Clerodendrum bungei just started blooming.|
|Gardenia 'Frostproof' has been blooming for about three weeks.|
I have a new fascination with hardy Geraniums. There are some really rare varieties for sale at Robin Parer's nursery called appropriately, Geraniacea located in California.
|Geranium nodosum 'Clos du Courdray'|
I'm growing most of my new hardy Geraniums in pots so I can really enjoy the flowers.
|Geranium himalayense 'Plenum'|
|Geranium x oxonianum 'Tanya Randell'|
I've got a few others that haven't started blooming yet. Stay tuned.
Check out this new to me (last year) Fuchsia 'Nettala' from Secret Garden Growers. Easy and hardy!
|Lily from a bagged of mixed bulbs from Costco|
Another newbie this year from Annie's is this white-flowered Cupid's Dart. It had been on my wish forever and I nabbed two of them when I saw them for sale. It mingles really well with other flowers.
|Catananche caerulea 'Alba'|
Also from Annie's... this Heracleum is just starting to bloom.
|Heracleum sphondylium 'Pink Cloud'|
|A Dahlia called 'Mistral'|
From Far Reaches Farm in northern Washington this sweet Codonopsis. I didn't expect bloom this year because the plant was so small. But check it out.
|Codonopsis convolvulacea subsp. grey-wilsonii|
This Rhodochiton is a tender but wintered over from last year in a protected pot.
And the Anemonopsis is blooming too. I love how plants just have there own unique blooming time table.
I bought this Scabiosa at BiMart (variety store) last year. I really hoped it would winter over and it did.
|Scabiosa 'Gelato Blueberry'|
|This is a small pond but you can't tell because it's so full of plants.|
A few wide shots.
And now for some critter shots:
|A baby robin waiting for dinner|
|A towhee parent and child|
You know you're a (weird) gardener when you're more excited to see a rare critter on your basil than you are to eat the stuff. Below is a gray hairstreak caterpillar. It is pink because it's been eating purple basil flowers.
|Gray Hairstreak caterpil|
|And this is a gray hairstreak. (Not the best photo)|
Finally, we saw twins this morning. This little one, her sibling and mama visited my front garden. Unfortunately when I opened the door to get a better picture, they scurried off.
|Photo of baby deer through a very dirty window.|
Thank you for visiting.