Bloominocity – Part I

9 Apr

GeumSorry for the mini hiatus! I always forget how everything garden erupts all at once in spring leaving not enough time to tend to everyone. Pruning, weeding, transplanting, seeding is on my mind and the precious free days I have are spent doing all of those things. For plants however, growing, blooming, and setting seed are on the top of their list. The mixture of cool rainy days and warm sunny ones has been a recipe for a rambunctious garden. So what’s been blooming? Let’s see!

The Oemleria cerasiformis in my garden is a male plant.

I love the chains of flowers on Oemleria cerasiformis in the early spring.

The Oemleria cerasiformis started out as a little sucker I dug up on the side of a road and in one year it shot up to 3 feet. It bloomed in early spring this year revealing male flowers. Though I was hoping for a female plant for the fruit, it’s a part of rolling the diecious plant dice. Some people find that the flowers smell like cat pee, but I don’t find its green fragrance deterring. (Its scent reminds me of hiking trails in early spring through the understory of the Pacific Northwest.)

Epimedium fargesii in early March.

Epimedium fargesii in early March.

On a gray day in early March, I spied this Epimedium fargesii at work. Its pale pink stellar flowers glowed in the gloom, and the airy inflorescence gave each flower enough room to hang and stretch out. It’s been about a month and it’s still blooming! There are even new inflorescences emerging along with the new leaves. The triangular leaves start of small, supple, and deep burgundy. As they mature and expand the leaves fade to a rosy bronze, then to a fresh apple green. Swoon! I am not usually one for Epimediums, but the effervescent flowers and delicate stems lighten the heavy evergreen leaves unlike some of its heftier cousins.

Epimedium fargesii about a month later. Look at those new leaves! Mmm!

Epimedium fargesii about a month later. Look at those new leaves! Mmm!

Bergenia ‘Bressingham White’ is reaching the end of its show, but not before putting on a pale blush.

Bergenia 'Bressingham White' aging quite gracefully for a white flower.

She’saging quite gracefully for a white flower.

Yet another plant I am surprised by: Erythronium oregonum. I received two from work as dormant bulbs and I planted them under my blue spruce without any expectations. The bulbs were tiny non-blooming size. I figured the voles would get the bulbs first and if they happened to dodge that bullet, the slugs would enjoy marring the leaves and taking bites out of the immature buds. Boy was I proven wrong! Every year the two have returned and flowered for the past few years. This year they are exceptionally lovely, though I wonder it the Sluggo had a hand in this…

I love the patterned leaves on Erythronium oregonum.

I love the patterned leaves on Erythronium oregonum.

I love the reddish bands on the base of each petal.

I love the reddish bands on the base of each petal.

Remember the Dodecatheon pulchellum on my past post? Well they are definitely up now! This is just the beginning, there are more buds on the way. It amazes that that all of these clumps came from three 4″ pots three years ago.

There are a few more blooming clumps to the left of this drift.

There are a few more blooming clumps to the left of this drift.

Dicentra spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’ is fully awake and beginning to flower. I hope one day to have a billowing mass of lacy gold foliage, but starting life as rescues in 4″ pots they are growing quite quickly and nicely.

Dicentra spectabilis 'Gold Heart' with her graceful habit and beautifully contrasting pink and chartreuse colors.

Dicentra spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’ with her graceful habit and beautiful bright colors.

Our native Dicentra is also in bud. Yes, much more humble than his larger cousin, but it’s a (tough) friendly spreading ground cover.

Dicentra formosa is a few days away from blooming!

Dicentra formosa is a few days away from blooming!

Oh! Remember Darmera peltata? It’s sending up its first inflorescence! It won’t be long until the large lotus leaves are up and unfolding.

The inflorescence is a mere 4" tall, but I am still excited!

The inflorescence is a mere 4″ tall, but I am still excited!

The first Fritillaria meleagris is now in full bloom. I love their nodding flowers and that checkered snakeskin pattern. One of the few Fritillaria I can successfully grow in my clayey soil.

Looking so mournful, but beautifully so.

Looking so mournful, but beautifully so.

I could get lost in that mesmerizing pattern!

I could get lost in that mesmerizing pattern!

Alright, and now for the Primulas, are you ready?

Primula veris with some grass.

Primula veris with some grass…

Some more Primula veris amongst wild strawberries.

Some more Primula veris amongst wild strawberries…

And some more Primula veris still in their pots.

And some more Primula veris still in their pots.

Yes another Primula veris, but this time it's Primula veris 'Katy Mcsparron', a double form!

Yes another Primula veris, but this time it’s Primula veris ‘Katy Mcsparron’ – a double form!

 Detail of a single flower of Primula veris ‘Katy Mcsparron’.

Detail of a single flower of Primula veris ‘Katy Mcsparron’.

A bisected flower of Primula veris ‘Katy Mcsparron’. Someone's got junk in in their trunk - she's stuffed!

A bisected flower of Primula veris ‘Katy Mcsparron’. Someone’s got junk in in their trunk – she’s stuffed!

Primula 'Belarina Cream' doing her thing. Plus she is super fragrant!

Primula ‘Belarina Cream’ doing her thing. Plus she is super fragrant!

Here's a fragrant Primula acaulis hybrid blooming in my front door.

Here’s a fragrant Primula acaulis hybrid blooming in my front door.

Here is another Primula acaulis hybrid blooming in the back garden (this one is about 4-5 years old).

Here is another fragrant Primula acaulis hybrid blooming in the back garden (this one is about 4-5 years old).

Primula polyanthus 'Gold Lace' the dainty stature and bright yellow really highlights the moody, deep maroon.

Primula polyanthus ‘Gold Lace’ the dainty stature and bright yellow eye really highlights the moody deep maroon.

Primula denticulata such soft blossoms like lilac cotton candy.

Primula denticulata such soft blossoms like lilac cotton candy.

Primula bulleyana stretching out with tiered kumquat-colored flowers to follow in June.

Primula bulleyana stretching out and with tiered kumquat-colored flowers to follow in June.

Primula sieboldii 'Snowflake' will also bloom a little later. The flowers will look like paper cutouts of snow!

Primula sieboldii ‘Snowflake’ will also bloom a little later. The flowers will look like paper cutouts of snow!

Just waking up is Primula florindae, which is the latest blooming and of them all. The nutmeg-scented flowers may appear as early as June and continue through August.

Just waking up is Primula florindae. The latest blooming and biggest of them all primulas. The nutmeg-scented flowers may appear as early as June and continue through August.

Don’t tell me I didn’t warn you. I know I look like a Primula Nut, but I assure you this is just the beginning of a possible obsession (which I am trying to pull the reins on). Anyway after all that I’ll leave you with a house plant to cleanse the palette with: behold, Clivia ‘Golden Dragon’!

I've had this Clivia 'Golden Dragon' for two years, and this is his second time blooming for me.

I’ve had this Clivia ‘Golden Dragon’ for two years, and this is his second time blooming for me.

Yellow flowering Clivias are still highly sought after and comment a high-price, but they are more available than they have been in the past. I’m just happy to have one that blooms consistently (so far). Time to go, but do look for Part II tomorrow! Spring is certainly here!

4 Responses to “Bloominocity – Part I”

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  1. Sun Crazed | Terry Gardens - May 6, 2013

    […] my Primula sieboldii in my Bloominocity – Part I post? It’s a very delicate looking primula that is totally tough as long as you give it […]

  2. Day of Rest | Terry Gardens - June 10, 2013

    […] a few steps down from the Irises, Astrantia, and Boykinia are the Primula bulleyana in full bloom. A mentor gave me these two years ago and they really have taken themselves to the […]

  3. Anthesis | Terry Gardens - August 2, 2013

    […] on to something scented… Way, way in the back around the corner where the first Primula denticulata lives there is an old hosta that grows in the same bed: Hosta ‘Royal Standard’. […]

  4. Neighborhood (Plant) Watch | Terry Gardens - January 8, 2014

    […] my temporary “houseplant” while I am staying here. Yup, another Primula! Though this one doesn’t really have a scent, it’s quite cheerful and it reminds me of […]

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