One More

October 25, 2013

Painted Explosion



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Breaching The Darkness (SM)

First, a leftover from last Spring,  Narcissus.

Fireglow Explosion (SM)

Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fireglow’ in bloom.

Euphorbia griffithii Fireglow in Autumn 2 (SM)

E. g. ‘Fireglow’ in Autumn #1.

Euphorbia griffithii Fireglow in Autumn (SM)

E. g. ‘Fireglow’ in Autumn #2.

Red Pellargonium (SM)

Common red geranium fall bloom.

Stargazer Solo (SM)

Lilium ‘Stargazer’ late Summer bloom.


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June 19, 2013




I am always happy to find, bees, butterflies and frogs in my yard.

These days dependable denizens of the garden are disappearing fast because of things like heavy pesticide use and climate change.

What a sad world we will live in if they do disappear forever.

In the case of bees, we won’t just be sad but seriously deprived of the fruit and vegetables from food sources we heavily rely on.

I truly hope I never see the day when my small friends have vanished.


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I may not appreciate the prospect of large Rhododendrons in my own small garden, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the beauty and splendor of their spring blossoms.

This past weekend I visited the Washington State Rhododendron Garden which, conveniently, is a very short drive from my house. The garden is immediately after the entrance to Fort Worden State Park. Right here in beautiful Port Townsend. Sunday was a “free day” for the state park system and, with my limited budget, I try to take advantage of such things as often as possible. As far as peak rhody bloom is concerned it would have been better to visit the garden in mid-May, but one does what one can. There is no free admittance to Fort Worden then.

I took almost a hundred photographs of about thirty different plants ranging in color from bright white to deep red, pale lavender and rich golds. It was an overcast day with a slight breeze that proved perfect for taking pictures of flowers.

If you ever get the chance to visit PT in Spring I highly recommend spending time at the State Rhododendron Garden.

Early Rhodie Dazzle

April 9, 2013

Pink PJM Rhododendron April '13


One of the most ubiquitous plants in Pacific Northwest gardens is the rhododendron. The native rhododendron is the Washington State flower.

As a fan of lengthy periods of bloom standard large-blossomed rhododendrons leave a lot to be desired by me. 50 weeks of green leaves and 2 weeks of spectacular bloom is almost too little finery for the work involved. But as a foundation shrub they make an outstanding dense evergreen backdrop for other plants such as Japanese maples that produce outstanding leaf color.

However, dwarf and species rhododendrons can offer more than just gorgeous flowers. With a little study you can find plants that have foliage that is every bit as exciting as their bloom. In autumn, some types produce leaf color so striking it is hard to believe they are related to the dull green behemoths that occupy so much space in the gardens of old houses and public parks. Still others have flowers that are scented like lilies and there are varieties that will bloom at Christmas, while some will color the yard on the 4th of July.

The rhododendron pictured above, a PJM hybrid, produces buds in March and is in its full magenta glory right now. But the thing that makes this plant an outstanding specimen is its bold after-bloom leaf color of deep mahogany. Later this summer it will provide a striking contrast to the watermelon and gold colored day lilies planted directly in front of it.

If you are interested in rhododendrons, please take the time to learn about lesser-used varieties, as well as their cousins the azaleas that can make valuable specimens for any gardener’s four or three season garden. Rhodies have much more to offer when you explore the large selection of smaller plants now available at nurseries and online.


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April 9, 2013

Ah, winter has passed and spring is upon us. Which means flowers are making the natural world explode with color.

IMHO, there is nothing more enticing than the brilliant display of plant’s sexual organs.

Let’s hear it for colorful sex!

Black Primroses


No, these aren’t real black primroses. I adjusted the photo’s color with Photoshop.

But it’s only a matter of time before we’ll see real flowers with exotic colors that have never been available before.

In just the last few years Primula hybrids have been introduced with larger flowers and brighter colors. Anything is almost possible.


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Autumn Ends

November 11, 2012












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