Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Backyard: 3/15/16

This post has me giddy.  If there was any doubt at all, these photos confirm that spring is officially here.  There are new things to be found every time I walk out the door.  'Tis the time of year when it's impossible for me to keep up with posts.  My yard photo cup runneth over.

Now supposedly, these 'Summer Cheer' Daffodils are supposed to do just that.
Bring "summer" cheer.  I'd say they're a bit early, but I'm not complaining.
For those keeping track, these are the Winco bulbs.

The brat.
You'll notice a LOT of stakes stuck in everywhere.
It's my attempt at keeping her from crushing all the babies that are coming up, at least until I'm out there on a regular basis to teach her the rules of the land.
If you look close, you'll see that there's a black blur photo bomb in several of these photos.

Aren't these so pretty?
Spring Cheer, for sure.

I can't for the life of me remember what this plant is.  Some sort of Anemone is my guess.
I don't even remember planting it in here.
I'm sure I could find it in one of last year's posts if I tried hard enough.
The mass is Baby Tears and there's also a mini Hosta comin' up.

I picked these up on a clearance rack last summer.
They look a little lonely all by themselves, but they're kinda fun.
Fritillaria Uva-vulpis.

I don't know what happened to all my standard daffodils this year, but for whatever reason, I only got two clumps that bloomed.
The super early one out front and these in The Kid's pot.
The rain has beat them to heck, though.

In addition to the stakes everywhere, I moved the ladder to this bed, since it seemed to be the main highway for our four-legged friend.

The two blueberry bushes in that same area are getting flowers.

The Epimedium is sorta slackin' in the flower department this year.
Maybe there are still some comin', but I wonder if it isn't because I thinned it out quite a bit last year.
It was starting to take over that whole corner.

The 'Golden Nugget' Barberry has flowers now, too.
Certainly not the selling point, but they're super cute.
I cannot say enough good things about this plant.
One of my faves.

The new foliage on the Thalictrum (Meadow Rue) is so dang pretty.
I've always had it in a shady spot, but the flowers flop so bad, I may try it in more sun this year.

A new baby, that I adopted from Loree aka Danger Garden, at the end of the season last year, is showing signs of life.
I'm excited to see how it does.
Reum Palmatum (Chinese Rhubarb).

You can sorta see how wet the ground is in those pics, but check this out.
This is the gravel path.

And this is my poor, poor lawn.
What a mess.
Not sure how that's gonna play out.

Back to my happy place.....under one of the blueberry bushes is a plant that I had lusted after for years.
I finally got one last spring.
Omphalodes 'Starry Eyes.'

A happy Primrose.

Another one that had been on my wish list FOREVER, was also added last spring.
Brunnera 'Jack Frost'.
It's just barely starting to bloom, but it's the leaves I was after.

And surefire proof that spring has sprung, the Bleeding Hearts.

This one is 'Gold Heart', and I sing its praises every year.
LOVE this plant.

And last, a pic of my haul from last weekend's Little Prince Nursery of Oregon tour.
I'll share more deets in another post, but for now, look at all this pretty foliage.

Happy gardening!


  1. I am thrilled to see life in the Rheum palmatum! So glad you gave it a good home.

  2. Yep, giddy is a good word for gardeners this time of year. :) The buds! the chartreuse new growth! the sweet blooms! Sigh. Your yard is so well taken care of - for me it's mostly weeding and mulching right now. Oh - how do you keep your primroses from being eaten alive by slugs? Even when I bait they still don't look as good as yours does...

  3. Jealous......I want Spring too!! We were having Spring like weather and all the flowers were coming up and now we are going to be hit with freezing temps and snow. SO worried about all my little babies out there. I will have to enjoy Spring through your pictures this week, keep them coming :)

  4. Ooh, la, la! I must get me some 'Summer Cheer' next fall. At first I thought it was a rose. I have that rhubarb too and love it. ... I have the worst time photographing my blueberry flowers. Your photo with the purple hellebore in the background is stellar.

  5. I am back again.....2 you cover your blueberry bushes so the birds don't get the blueberries? The barberry.....does it need full sun?


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