Our Pacific Northwest weather is turning toward drippy at last after a very dry summer. The plants look refreshed already. I’m joining other garden bloggers today in sharing six things going on in our garden. Thanks go to The Propagator who hosts this weekly feast for the eyes.
ONE, TWO and THREE — I took a nice jaunt down our Olympic Peninsula earlier this week to Whitney Gardens, a fabulous nursery that features acres of rhododendrons. Some of my purchases were three, special Helleborus orientalis. I’m thinking ahead to the joy they’ll bring us during those long, dark late-winter and early-spring days. I grow hellebores along the north side of our home. Below are the three I just purchased in 1-gallon pots, awaiting planting, next to hostas that grow to cover hellebores and dicentra here.
Here’s the same area in March 2017 with some hellebores in bloom. (Hostas hadn’t begun growing yet.)
My new three are frilly pinks. ‘Peppermint Ice’ is from the Winter Jewels series created in the Pacific Northwest by hybridizers Marietta and Ernie O’Byrne at their home and nursery in Eugene, Oregon. Their website: https://northwestgardennursery.com.
‘Berry Swirl’ is another beauty from the Winter Jewels series.
‘Flower Girl’ is from the Wedding Party series by hybridizer Hans Hansen from Michigan. He has come up with some frilly, gorgeous blooms, and I’m a fan! ‘Wedding Crasher’ and ‘Dashing Groomsman’ are two of the other amusing names from this series.
FOUR – In the morning sun, these Japanese anemones were swaying and looking particularly lovely yesterday. I guess this post is just filled with all kinds of pink fun.
FIVE – The pleasure of collecting eggs from the chickens never gets old. I’m amazed at the quantities they continue to produce and have learned to mix and freeze eggs for the less abundant months ahead. The smallish, deeper brown eggs are from our new Rhode Island Red hens.
SIX – And since I had a very pink thing going earlier, I’ll finish with this Alcea rosea or Halo Blush hollyhock I started from seed this year. A few of these tall plants continue to bloom in the center of the perennial beds.