Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Finally the weather is improving and it feels like spring. With everyone sharing what's blooming in their wonderful gardens I thought I'd share a few bloomers with you. 

Most of the bulbs are done but this one is still going strong. I forget what it's called. Below is a group shot and a single below that. 

 The Pacific Coast Iris are abloom and looking fabulous.

 Tulips with Bronze Fennel behind them, backlit by the morning sun.

 Pulmonaria or Lungwort is going to town.

 Phlox divaricata is a shy bloomer but I was still able to get a photo.

 Gail's PPPP is doing beautifully. This is last year's photo but it looks equally enchanting this year.

Polemonium caeruleum 'Apricot Delight' [Jacob's Ladder] is going strong.

 The Alliums are taking off.

 I buy very few summer-blooming annuals but I couldn't resist this pink flowering Bacopa.

Although they've taken up residence in my garden, the Camas look even better in the wild.

And finally, the lovely little bells of Lily of the Valley.


Jenni@ RainyDayGardener said...

Hey Grace! I really like the unknown bulb. The green and white color contrast and leaf/petal shape, is really something!
I need to acquire some pacific coast iris, they are so beautiful. Hope you are having a great week! Jenni

Alison said...

I'm going to steal that tulip/bronze fennel combo. I have some red species tulips in a patch all on their own, and I've been wracking my brains trying to figure out what to plant with them.

Darla said...

Oh Grace your flowers are so pretty. I adore that first green and white one. Looks as if the rain did your gardens just fine. I somehow managed to kill my bronze fennel last year, I so need to get another one, yours is gorgeous.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

The sun is shining here too, and I can't wait to get outside today! You have so many pretty bloomers today! I love that first bulb. I think I need to add Camas to my garden, I've seen it on a few blogs lately and I love it. I haven't seen that Jacob's Ladder before, I wonder if it has the grape scent the purple flowers do?

ricki 'sprig to twig' said...

This was like a breath of fresh (lightly scented) air. Thank you.

scottweberpdx said...

Beautiful post, Grace! I love those iris...what a nice jolt of cool color! The Camas is a fave or mine...every time I see it in someone else's garden, I kick myself for not planting some yet! Your Allium are quite a bit ahead of mine...they are just starting to open.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Hi Grace,
I'm glad to hear you are getting some nicer spring weather. We are warming up, but have had some rain off and on the last few days. We got over 2 inches last night.

You have some beautiful blooms there. I wonder what that bulb is. It sure has lots of blooms on a plant. I'm not familiar with camas. I thought they were agapanthus, or however you spell that. They don't overwinter here. I got one one year that I grew in a pot, but it didn't bloom. It lived inside one winter, but still didn't bloom the next year. I put it in the egress window well the next winter, and it didn't make it. I love those blue blooms. Are camas related to them?

Barry said...


Finally.... two garden-worthy days in a row, but I mustn't curse it yet as this is the biggest weekend of the year at the nursery and there is a chance of thunderstorms in the forecast!

I planted a variegated Camassia two years ago, had one bloom and little else aside of the handsome foliage. I see the foliage again this year. I hope it decides to surprise me like so many of the kids have been doing so far! The lovely blooms of the Polemonium 'Apricot Delight' are another favourite as is the shy blooming P. divaricatus. Mine, a tricoloured species looks so raggedy and spindly, but I haven't the heart to remove it.... yet!

Your garden is leaps and bounds ahead of mine! The Allium [Christophii] here are still tightly sheathed, as is the Nectaroscordum. I must remember to add a few Pulmonaria this year - I love the shimmery silver one. A lovely post as always Grace!

linda said...

Darn..I was hoping to learn the name of that bulb.

Gatsbys Gardens said...


Your blooms look wonderful. I have not seen the pink bocapa at the nursery, will have to look for it.


Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Hi Grace! I said it before, and I am saying it again: The variety of your perennials is amazing! As for annuals, I also buy very few of them. But, since I just got back from Germany, I couldn't resist and bought a dozen of geraniums. I started to have problems with deers. They already tasted my lupins, columbines, raspberry, strawberry, roses. Should I join the NRA?

HolleyGarden said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Your flowers are amazing! I am really taken with those blue Camas. Lovely. I love your mystery bulb. Intriguing the way the green on the back of the bulb gives it that variegated look.

linniew said...

Hi Grace--
Wow your gardens are awesome! Perfect the way the paths lead into separated spaces. You grow many of the plants I love and rarely see cultivated, like the peach jacob's ladder and the camas -- yay Oregon natives! Thanks so much for the contact, I'll be back.


Ginny said...

What a beautiful garden you have - and I especially enjoyed looking at the vintage stuff.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Hi Grace, have I got your latest feed now, is this it? Sorry about the confusion...

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Wife, Mother, Gardener said...

I love the casmia! Is that fennel in the background?

Lovely blooms for May!
Thanks for your visit to WMG & your nice comment also!

Anonymous said...

Grace, I believe the common name at least for the bulb is Star of Bethlehem. It can become quite invasive, so you might want to do some checking on it. It spreads by little bulbs attached to Mama bulb and also by seed, I think. When I lived in Portland, I pulled it out whenever I could and it still kept on spreading.

Barbara H.