Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, March 2013

Friday, March 15, 2013

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day has woken me up from a Winter nap. I didn't really think I would have enough flowers to warrant a post but I was surprised by what I found when I went scouting. It really is amazing weather we're having here in Portland. I spent a good hour reading in a t-shirt outside today. I think Spring is really here!

Catkins count as blooms right? The Harry Lauder's walking stick is in his glory and singing his funny tune right now. 

So tall and proud and chirpy. My grocery store daffodils are the first to open and my grocery store primroses have been blooming all Winter. Well, this one has at least. Looks like I need to get some Sluggo over there. 

My Edgeworthia, the star of my garden, has me worried that is has some sort of soil-born disease or something. For the last couple years it has been having leaf die-back in the early Summer and now something weird is going on with its blooms. Only a few lower suckers are blooming and the rest of the buds are still closed tight. Fingers crossed that they will still open to look like these glorious pompoms. 

I fall in love again every Spring with euphorbia wulfenii. I just love that fresh looking chartreuse green.

This is my first year growing broad windsor fava beans which I planted in the Fall and they are such a trip. I love the glaucus folliage and the flowers are really amazing. Kinda creepy in a way. 

My neighbor's flowering quince always spills into my yard, for which I am very grateful. I always help myself to some branches to bring inside. 

The cutest! I cherish the cheery little Oregon violets (or Evergreen Violets “Viola sempervirens”). Aren't they adorable? And they make a very well-behaved and tidy groundcover too when not in bloom. 

This is my favorite primrose and it looks like the slugs are rather fond of it too.

This confused flowering quince which I bought at Cistus Nursery a few years ago has been blooming since Fall. Go quince, go!

The diminutive Tête-à-Tête Daffodil is one of the first to bloom of the species. I divided a small clump of these last Fall and they are coming along nicely. 

My Cowslip Primroses are just beginning to peek their heads out. This variety has done really well for me and for some reason the slugs don't bother them as much.

And it wouldn't be March in Portland without huge swaths of Witch Hazel. I can't wait to cut a giant bunch of these for my bedroom. 


Be sure to head over to May Dreams Gardens to see what's blooming in other garden bloggers' gardens and a big thanks to Carol for hosting!


  1. Hello! I came over from the Bloom Day linkup. I just left a comment on old post, apparently. Oops!
    Anyway, those catkins are great, aren't they? So dramatic. Have a great weekend!

    1. Hi Linnae--thanks for stopping by and happy Spring to you!

  2. Things are sure looking springy in your garden! Hooray! I've never seen fava beans in bloom before. (Some fava beans and a nice chianti?)

    1. Aren't those fava bean flowers such a trip? I can't wait til harvest time--just wish I had planted about 10 times more!

  3. Wow those little red flowers on the Cistus quince are absolute perfection!

    1. They really ARE picture perfect! Now I have to figure out where to move it too because it's outgrowing its space. I'm thinking I might try an espalier with it.

  4. Gorgeous photos! So happy Spring is near!!!

  5. Now there's a quince I can get excited about...RED! I finally got your Osmanthus from the swap in the ground...hoping for great things.

    1. It's a really great red too! Good luck with the Osmanthus--I'm sure it will take off.


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