Sun Crazed

6 May

So much for Bloominocity – Part III! The heavens cleared and the sun is (apparently) staying for another week bringing with it temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s! Which is, by the way, totally unseasonal for Seattle in May…

I wrote this for Part III, but it’s season is over and we are moving on. Here it is anyway:

“I bought this lovely form of Rannculus ficaria from work a few weeks ago. Since I couldn’t really make out the label very well, I believe it is Ranunculus ficaria ‘Primrose’ from Edelweiss Perennials in Canby, Oregon. Identified or unidentified, I love its rounded petals (coworker pointed out its “waterlily-like” form). The glossy, cream colored petals end with a darker blotch at the base creating a halo around the eye. Its flowers are a nice departure from the typical bright, sunshine yellow of wild forms and its cream-splashed leaves will contrast well with the black leaves of Ranunculus ficaria ‘Brazen Hussy’ and the plain green of the straight species in the same bed. Tough, does-not-care-about-clay, and summer dormant: perfect.”

I love it's glistening creamy color - so soft and refreshing!

I love it’s glistening creamy color – so soft and refreshing!

The nice variegation on the leaves will extend the interest beyond just the flowers.

The nice variegation on the leaves will extend the interest beyond just the flowers.

Oh gosh, where do I even begin?

About two weeks ago my Tulipa clusiana were budded and ready to go. The next week while I was at work (of course) they were in full bloom during the day and closed in the evening, but as of today they have all shattered in the warmth.

Here is Tulipa clusiana fully budded and waiting for a warm day.

Here is Tulipa clusiana fully budded and waiting for a warm day.

Tulipa clusiana typically opens its flowers flat in the sun and here they are closing up for the night.

On a sunny day, Tulipa clusiana typically opens its flowers flat, but during overcast or nightfall they close up for the night. Here they are closing up for the night.

I love its elegant two-toned flowers and long, thin, and delicate stature.

I love the elegant two-toned flowers and long, thin, and delicate structure of the plant.

Four tree peonies were also showing signs of petals and colors about two weeks ago. (Long story short: my father loves plants from classical Chinese culture and when he had the chance to buy tree peonies by the dozens – he did. All through middle school and most of high school they would all reliably bloom and beautifully too, but now a days we are struggling with the war against botrytis.) Two tree peonies opened their first buds today while the first two to bloom are now past their peak and finishing up.

It's so exciting to see peonies finally unfurling, since it only happens for two weeks out of the year.

It’s so exciting to see peonies finally unfurling, since it only happens for two weeks out of the year.

In person it's a deeper purple.

In person it’s a deeper purple.

This one is actually a stronger red; very hard to capture on camera.

This one is actually a stronger red; very hard to capture on camera.

This one is a tall, strong grower with very luminous white petals that fade to deep pink at the base.

This one is a tall, strong grower with very luminous white petals that fade to deep pink at the base.

An unusual double pink with exceptionally thin, crepe-paper like petals.

An unusual double pink with exceptionally thin, crepe-paper like petals.

Remember my Primula sieboldii ‘Snowflake’ in my Bloominocity – Part I post? It’s a very delicate looking primula that is totally tough as long as you give it woodland conditions (cool and moist). So far it is doing beautifully in my unamended clay soil. Now I just have to encourage it to grow into a large patch for a seriously breathtaking spring display.

The flowers look like each petal has been pinked to create a delicate snowflake.

Here it is about a week ago. The flowers look like each petal has been pinked to create a delicate snowflake.

Now in full bloom, the titanium whiteness of the blossoms really brings you into the shade.

Now in full bloom, the titanium whiteness of the blossoms really brings you into the shade.

Between work, the client’s garden, my garden, and planning for my UK debut in September and mixing spring weather into all of that, I’ve been unable to regularly post on my blog. I’ll try to write more often, but in reality that would be most likely to happen towards late June.

Here is the Long Plot in the back garden a week ago.

Here is the Long Plot in the back garden about a week ago…

...and here is the long plot today!

…and here is the long plot today!

Anyway, if you live in the Puget Sound, enjoy that summery-spring weather and soak it up!

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