18 degrees is wonderful!!

Lots of work accomplished in the garden today.  Sun is shining and warm.  Wonderful. I had this lovely companion in and out of different spaces all day:


Plant Sale weekend

The local plant sale season started this weekend. I was off before 7am to catch the Eaglecrest Garden Club Sale…always lots of wonderful little pieces of Garden club members gardens at fantastic prices…here’s the haul….

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Blue Bird’, misc. Heuchera, misc. ferns, variegated polygonatum, misc. Carex, Luzula grass, variegated Hellebore, Corsican Hellebore, Lemon Grass, Bergenia, Astilbe NoID.

Then today I hit the road, again at 7am, to check out the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific’s Spring Sale…scored many more somewhat exotic lovelies. 

Libertia peregrinans, Prostanthera rotundifolia, Rubus calyeinoides, Sanguisorba ‘Little Angel’, Coprosma ‘Evening Glow’, Another Grevillea Victoria, and Hebe Carnosula, Lonicera nitida ‘Lemon Beauty’, Chelone obliqua, Phlomis russelianum. And an Osmanthus ‘Jim Porter’ from Gardenworks seems to have jumped into the photo!! Oh….and a Prunus laurocerasus ‘Marbled White’ in the top right corner.

After that,  I wandered the gardens at the HCP….through a stunning woodland garden full of inspirational shade lovers:

Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’ contrasting with Ophiopogon planiscapus. Great combination in shade!
Azara macrophylla ‘Variegata’ oh my…I need one of these. Amazingly enough I found one at Gardenworks later in the afternoon!!
Largest leaves on a Rhodo I’ve ever seen!
Rhododendrons galore

To a Japanese Garden:

Then on to more plant purchases at Gardenworks Nursery and the Root Cellar Nursery in Victoria:

Highlights were: Carpenteria californica ‘Elizabeth’, the Azara, Garrya elliptica ‘James Rood’, Nandina ‘Twilight’ – nicely variegated, Osmanthus delavayi, x Fatsherdera lizei ‘Annemieke’, and more!!

Phew….what a day….feels good!  Now…lots of planting to do!!!

Walk in the woods

There’s not much happening in the PNW garden in late December, so a walk in the woods around Westwood Lake just up the ravine from us restores the soul and smells divine.  Damp, misty, moody, balmy…makes for a lovely day outside. 

Path through the woods leads to my favourite moss grove
Rising out of the mist.
Arbutus menziesii
Spider capital of Canada!!
Path through Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)
Outflow Creek
Sword fern (Polystichum munitum)

Moss and mushrooms….everywhere!! And a little Salal (Gaultheria shallon)
The view from the rock bluffs is never the same, it never gets old.

Fall colour!

A damp, moody day…but the colours in the garden are singing.

Hydrangea paniculata…can’t decide which are more beautiful…the flowers or the leaves.
NoID Acer with the Anenome japonica ‘September Charm’ that has been blooming forever!
Layers….Cornus and Acer
Back garden wide view…
NoID Acer
NoID Acer from another angle
Miscanthus sinesis glowing…peach leaves to the left, Acer to the right.
NOID Acer….so bright!!
Darmera peltata

Whoa!  Mid-September already!?!?

Suddenly, the heat is gone, the air is cool, the days are shorter, the light is softer….September….welcome!!  What’s blooming?  At first glance…not so much. But close-up…a lot is still going on. 

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ just coming into its own.
Dahlias are not my favourite flower by a long shot…but a welcome blast of neon pink on a cooler, cloudier day!
Phlox are still blooming their little hearts out. Not a lot of heart left in this one…but a valiant swan song!
Ok, my Ontario garden was chock full of Rudbekias. I just can not get them to grow well here. This is just about it for this year’s display!!!
I love self seeding mulleins. Easy to yank…but I just love their uprightness!
Viburnum ‘Summer Snowflake’ on its third burst of blooming this year…so far!! No fall colour yet though.
Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ thriving in the coolness.
Hmmmm….last of the ‘Stella d’oro’ daylilies???
Every other day I assume that’s the last ‘New Dawn’ rosa. But so far…there’s always been one more!!
Japanese anemome love the fall.
NoID fuschia
Verbena bonariensis still going strong. These self seeded after the winter from hell…so I’m confident I’ll get many more next summer.
A new self-seeded mullein. This one will bloom next year. It almost looks like a fuzzy echeveria in this snap.

Heather? Heath?? Sneaking in some fall blooms when I’m not looking!!
Planted this ‘Honorine Jobert’ anemome is the Spring. ONE bloom??? Really??!!
NOID rose. This one is in total shade up the slope, but it’s had 3 or 4 lovely little blooms this month!
I do like Japanese anemome….NoID on this one.
Now, the white climbing rose just may be finished for the season!
Fall and grasses…oh my! Miscanthus sinesis ‘Morning Light’

Whoops…here’s some blooms I missed posting in July…

Lilium ‘Lily Looks Tiny Icon’. Happy Mothers Day gift from Phoenix Perennials.
Love that daylily….Hemerocallis ‘Cleo’ with NoID friends
Lewisia just blooming its heart out…as always. It has bloomed right up to Christmas before!
Verbascum ‘Jackie’? ‘Southern Charm’???  The photo is pinker…the real blooms are peachier. 
Hemerocallis ‘Cleo’. Makes my heart sing.