I’ve always lusted a bit after this tree and when I looked I saw that the only time I’ve written about it was in October – not its best time. So here it is at one of its finest moments, glowing -in a subdued, autumnal way – wearing nothing but its berries. You can see why its common name is Golden Raindrops. I’ll try to remember to get one of the spring flowers next year!
For my original post on this crabapple, go here.
When I saw this plant I thought, “Oh yeah, yeah, this that cool Cryptomeria,” but what was its name? My id skills aren’t what they used to be. A hunt through my old id cards led me to Cryptomeria japonica ‘Spiralis’ but a close look at the branches showed that they aren’t that spirally – but not all ‘Spiralis’ are so I’m sticking with that id unless someone out there can correct me. Read more »
I thought this was it – the summer of Seattle crape myrtles. With all the delightful heat (see table) if there was ever a summer to actually have crape myrtles put on a flower show this would be it. Read more »
Attractive late summer planting. Isn’t that purple-leaved plum in the background a nice touch?
At times in my life I’ve been good at keeping notes about plants I grow and occasionally I’m really greatful for my diligence because I instantly recognized the airy grass billowing so beautifully and pinkly in the above picture but the name – anath.. something. Usually that’s enough for google but not this time so I actually went hunting through my old notecards and there it was, Anemanthele lessoniana, pheasant grass (aka Stipa arundinacea). Read more »
July 5, 2013
Koelreuteria paniculata, aka the golden rain tree – the more I watch this tree through the seasons, the better I like it. Here it is in bountiful bloom - in July – one of the rare summer-blooming trees to be found. Add nice form, fabulous fall color, salmon pink leaves in the spring that are like a seasonal bloom in themselves, manageable size and nice bark and you’ve got one great tree. The single potential flaw for this tree are the large brown seedpods which I actually find interesting (unlike those of the similarly named golden chain tree, Laburnum anagyroides). This is a tree that should definitely be on Seattle city dweller’s short list. Read more »
May 1, 2013
Aren’t the little pink cones adorable? Of course, they won’t stay pink, they’ll eventually turn brown but this would still be a nice plant to have in the garden. Dwarf conifers add great permanent texture; the needles act as a great foil to larger-leaved plants and contrary to popular belief, some conifers clearly display some great seasonal color. Read more »
Veronica peduncularis ‘Georgia Blue’
Blue flowers still wow me. I’ve been gardening in Seattle for 20+ years and every spring I still marvel at the Lithodora diffusa. I can’t believe I live in a place where a common rockery plant can have such jaw-dropping electric blue flowers – and it’s not alone. Less common but with blue flowers that are just as wowsome isVeronica peduncularis ‘Georgia Blue.’ Read more »
Late winter seems to specialize in little flowers at your feet. Cyclamen, snowdrops, winter aconites have all been in plentiful bloom (okay the cyclamen aren’t usually plentiful but the pleasure they give is bodacious) and flowering merrily along with them are the crocuses. Read more »
Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ (left) and Magic Carpet spirea 3/2/2013
There’s something to be said for being a laissez-faire gardener who is dilatory in cutting back you plants. Here, the autumn hues of Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ stems are beautifully complemented by the brilliant orange new growth of Spiraea japonica ‘Walbuma’ aka Magic Carpet spirea. A moment in garden time soon to be lost as the stems of the sedum inevitably get cut back to let the new stems, now just tender little blue-green nubs, have their time in the sun and the fiery orange leaves of the spirea fade to chartreuse. Read more »
Oh, those crazy Ranunculaceae – clematis, buttercups, delphinium, nigella, hellebores, aconitum, meadow rue, columbine – all in the same family. You could build the whole herbaceous part of a garden out of members of the family Ranunculaceae and have a flower in bloom most every month of the year. Read more »