June 21, 2017
Last week I created this arrangement of pink peonies for a friend. I'm still waiting for my darker peonies to mature enough to produce buckets of blooms, but for now I can enjoy plenty of the lighter pinks.
The draping greenery is from one of my contorted filberts (Corylus avellana 'Contorta'). I used astilbe leaves to create a grid to hold other greenery in place, then filled in with Baptisia, variegated Solomon's Seal and hosta leaves.
I used the small flowers of pink 'Roma' and lighter 'Buckland' astrantia (above). A rosy-tipped stem of snowberry (Symphoricarpos) arches at the left.
The last peonies to bloom are finishing up this week, then it will be another year before peony flowers make their appearance.
June 6, 2017
The garden changes daily at this time of year, with many blooms opening overnight to surprise me the next morning. The photo above, though, highlights dark foliage that lasts longer than flowers. I've been struggling with this main sunny bed since I created it, but adding six 'Obsisian' heuchera plants has helped it look more finished. The maroon leaves of the heucheras tie into the similarly colored leaves of the 'Royal Purple' smoke bush (Cotinus) to the left and the 'Royal Purple' crabapple trees (Malus) to the top right.
I love the maroon leaves with ethereal 'Twilight Blues' baptisia and balls of 'Globemaster' allium.
Here in the east back garden my pink 'Helsinki University' rhododendrons and more alliums are providing the flower color for now. Last year I transplanted several 'Jack Frost' and 'King's Ransom' brunnera plants to this area (you can see a blurry one at center), and their silvery leaves provide interest even when the blue flowers aren't visible.
June 1, 2017
On the first of June, colorful scenes are cropping up in the garden. The photo above shows the bird bath on the west side of the home where spikes of violet 'May Night' salvia and lavender 'Walker's Low' catmint mingle with 'Pure as Gold' iris.
My favorite camera lens (Canon 50 mm EF f/1.4 USM) is finally repaired and the garden is ready for photographs, so I hope to post more regularly.
Later in the day 'Rivida' opened a little more, leading to this view. Scrumptious!
May 15, 2017
The backyard is slowly starting to show color. I read in a recent article that Washington is the only state in the nation to have a cooler than average spring. But the 'Millstream Daphne' creeping phlox and 'Gloria' aubrieta groundcovers are finally in full bloom above.
A final shot of the east path includes 'Lime Rickey' heuchera, 'Red Sensation' aubrieta and a mauve creeping phlox whose name is forgotten. It's an exciting time of year in the garden, as many more flowers will open in the next few weeks. Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers Bloom Day to help us document our flowers each month.
May 3, 2017
The 'Coral Supreme' peonies are lovely in leaf at the back of this photo, and in a couple of weeks they'll start adding their own bright color to the view.
April 18, 2017
Here are a few mores shots of the bulbs in bloom on Temple Square.
The bright red looks so lovely with a violet underplanting.
Many areas felt more formal, but this bed had the feel of a meadow.
Complementary gold and violet worked well together along with some airy white daffodils.
These tulips are accurately named 'Giant Orange Sunrise,' and they were the biggest tulips I'd ever seen. Very impressive.
Here in Spokane the bloom season is a few weeks behind Temple Square, so I'm still looking forward to seeing the tulips bloom at the Spokane Temple and in my garden.
April 11, 2017
We traveled to Utah last week and visited Temple Square in Salt Lake City to see the spring bulbs in full bloom.
The different displays just kept going and going. We had limited time to stay, so I hurried around with a big grin on my face, madly snapping photos.
I liked how this area echoed the rusty-orange concrete with orange tulips in the bed.
Wall planters were filled with pansies and bulbs in colors that coordinated with the beds nearby.
Next week I'll post pictures of the deeper rainbow hues.
March 25, 2017
This winter wasn't the harshest one we've seen here in Spokane, but it was a lot colder and snowier than the past few years. Seeing color in the garden again feels fabulous.
'Ruby Glow' Crocus are a warm violet next to the blue iris. I purposefully left leaf litter in this area to see if I can handle the disarray as it decomposes naturally and enriches the soil.