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mlmlakestevens
Lake Stevens, WA
(Zone 8a)

December 31, 2011
3:10 PM

Post #8949240

I can't believe how many things have a bloom or two.

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mlmlakestevens
Lake Stevens, WA
(Zone 8a)

December 31, 2011
3:12 PM

Post #8949242

That was snapdragons.
Well, this is my Bird of Paradise in my dining room, but it looks great1

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mlmlakestevens
Lake Stevens, WA
(Zone 8a)

December 31, 2011
3:13 PM

Post #8949243

Iberis.

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mlmlakestevens
Lake Stevens, WA
(Zone 8a)

December 31, 2011
3:16 PM

Post #8949247

Hebe I can't recall which species.

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mlmlakestevens
Lake Stevens, WA
(Zone 8a)

December 31, 2011
3:18 PM

Post #8949249

Potentilla neumanniana is just getting started blooming. They are so tiny it's hard to photograph them on a cell phone.

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mlmlakestevens
Lake Stevens, WA
(Zone 8a)

December 31, 2011
3:19 PM

Post #8949250

Skimmia japonica.

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mlmlakestevens
Lake Stevens, WA
(Zone 8a)

December 31, 2011
3:23 PM

Post #8949257

Choisya ternata "Sundance" in dry shade. Not blooming I know but it is fabulous. Much nicer than the one that gets sun.

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mlmlakestevens
Lake Stevens, WA
(Zone 8a)

December 31, 2011
3:25 PM

Post #8949260

Libertia ixiodes "Goldfinger"- also not blooming. It is much more orange than the photo captures, and really looks bright next to all the green.

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springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

December 31, 2011
7:33 PM

Post #8949471

MLM, nice pictures! I will have to go out and look. My helleborus should have a few blossoms coming! Hope you had a great holiday season.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 1, 2012
10:49 AM

Post #8950061

Nice to see sunshine and color. Hasn't this weather been great. A rare December indeed!
springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

January 1, 2012
1:06 PM

Post #8950247

Yes, just fantastic. Not so good for skiing. Off to look over the gardens for color.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 1, 2012
3:59 PM

Post #8950423

I finished raking the front yard today and was looking at a flowerbed to clean next. By gosh there was a hellebore blossom just out a few inches. Pink so far. I have my camera and batteries but no cord to put the pictures into the computer. Will have to ask someone about how to replace it. I also have one dandelion blooming. ^)^
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 3, 2012
8:47 AM

Post #8952711

I've seen a couple robins in my cherry tree - early for them this year.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 3, 2012
3:17 PM

Post #8953278

I have tons of robins also. And crows. The man across the street feeds them every morning. I also have a pair of jays. They are pale blue with white and black markings. Couldn't believe it when I first saw them. They are here most every day.
springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

January 5, 2012
5:23 PM

Post #8955963

Witch Hazel The smell is heavenly!!

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mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 5, 2012
10:06 PM

Post #8956271

Ooohhhhh, I love that witch hazel!!! What kind is it?
springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

January 6, 2012
8:39 AM

Post #8956638

I'm not sure. It is so old, planted 30 years ago from my Dad.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 8, 2012
8:42 AM

Post #8959116

My winter jasmine is brightening up a corner for me.

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 9, 2012
8:02 AM

Post #8960392

Does anyone know what the flocks of noisy birds are that sit in the tops of trees then swoop around together, landing on the ground and pecking around for a bit, then swooping back up in the air in undulating patterns, then return to the trees? They won't stay still long enough for me to focus on them with my binocs. Kind of smallish, brownish. The whole bunch chirps a lot when they are in the trees. At my place they favor cottonwoods, which are my tallest trees.
springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

January 9, 2012
9:16 AM

Post #8960517

BH
I think they are starlings. I have them here and they just swoop in and clean out all my feeders. Thugs!!
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 9, 2012
10:17 AM

Post #8960616

I think they are too small to be starlings, although it could be. They won't stay still long enough for me to figure out what they are. They also look more brownish and starlings are usually so irredescent. They do have a pretty song, and that fits with starlings. I'll keep trying to focus in with my binocs.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 9, 2012
10:22 AM

Post #8960629

That winter jasmine is beautiful. One thing I like about living here is I have seagulls. Always had those where I grew up. I have flocks of what I think are wrens that flit around like that. They are busy, busy, busy.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 9, 2012
10:55 AM

Post #8960674

SC, I think you are right and they are starlings. Whenever they flock to the top of the tree, they are so backlit I can't make out much detail, but they do have long pointy beaks. I also went online and watched some videos of massive starlings flocking in England - very similar to what I'm seeing. Impressive flying, beautiful coloring, pretty songs...but sure wish they'd all fly back to Europe.
springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

January 9, 2012
11:48 AM

Post #8960736

Yes, back to England!! The smaller birds will not come when those guys are there. I may have to buy some smaller wire to put around the feeders. They keep telling their friends and family to come to the free meal.
mehitabel45
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 9, 2012
12:02 PM

Post #8960754

I have fuschia, primroses, snapdragons, osteospermum, hellebore, and dianthus in bloom. A very strange winter, indeed. I just planted onions, leeks, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, parsley and lettuce under cover yesterday. So nice to see the sun in January. Tulips started coming up in late November, and are about an inch tall now. Weird!!!!
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 13, 2012
9:15 AM

Post #8966091

A pretty little viburnum, which smells heavenly.

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PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

January 13, 2012
10:47 AM

Post #8966191

Boy, you are way ahead of us, Deb.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 13, 2012
12:49 PM

Post #8966351

Those flocking birds finally landed all in my front yard, and yes, they are the dreaded starlings. Already fighting over nesting spots. I don't have problems with them at my feeders, but they sure make a mess in our barn. The ceiling insulation appears to be their favorite nesting material or site -- we end up with big dripping gobs on unsightly fiberglass on everything. Wretched creatures.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 14, 2012
1:59 PM

Post #8967628

DH and I had fish and chips yesterday for lunch. I threw all the leftover fries out in the backyard and they were gone in fifteen minutes. Crows, starlings, jays and sparrows. Got pictures of the house and ordered a cord so I will soon start a thread for the yard. We are having that very large deodora cedar taken down on Monday. Should be interesting.
springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

January 14, 2012
7:45 PM

Post #8968049

Willowwind,
Looking foward to your pictures. We have snow! About 2 inches and maybe more to night.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 14, 2012
8:44 PM

Post #8968086

Wow, SC. We have only a trace of what fell last night. Maybe we'll get some over night. I do like a nice snowfall. Makes me smile.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 15, 2012
4:17 PM

Post #8969046

We had a tiny trace this morn which soon melted into a sunny day. I also love the snow, but stocked up so I wouldn't have to drive in it.
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 15, 2012
10:01 PM

Post #8969378

I went to work today to get ready for Tuesday in case I can't get in safely until the last minute, and ended up driving home in a shower of funny snow pellets. Luckily the cloud hadn't yet moved over the hill on my road, so getting through the last stretch was okay.

Celebration for me tonight. I completed my fourth on-line course, exam and paper e-mailed in by the 10:00 deadline. Hooray!
springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

January 16, 2012
9:37 AM

Post #8969918

Good for you! Another step closer to the finish! Must feel great!
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 16, 2012
4:54 PM

Post #8970495

Congratulations mauryhillfarm. Good job. We had snow today for about two hours. Didn't accumulate a lot and soon melted.
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 16, 2012
9:56 PM

Post #8970759

Thanks. I only have a little more than one more year to go.
We have a funny patchwork of snow on the island. Some places got a few inches, others closer to the water have only a dusting.
mehitabel45
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 19, 2012
7:41 PM

Post #8974923

I've cleared 3-4 inches of snow off the car 3 times now. The snow collapsed one of my cloches, but the other one stands proud. No driving out here at all.
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

February 28, 2012
4:17 PM

Post #9023769

My witch hazel has finished blooming. Not much going on in my yard yet. I'm kind of surprised that the daffodils haven't bloomed yet. It's a very cold day today. But the crocuses look good.

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kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

February 28, 2012
4:19 PM

Post #9023774

Close-up of a crocus.

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PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

March 11, 2012
4:40 PM

Post #9038534

Two of my favorite primroses.

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PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

March 11, 2012
4:44 PM

Post #9038542

A couple of my newer hellebores

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PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

March 11, 2012
4:47 PM

Post #9038548

Nicknamed the "stinky hellebore."

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PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

March 11, 2012
4:51 PM

Post #9038551

A small collection of early spring color.

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PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

March 11, 2012
4:55 PM

Post #9038554

The ever-faithful Tete a Tete daffodil.

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springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

March 11, 2012
6:26 PM

Post #9038676

Sharon,
Beautiful hellebores!! Has you Podophyllum started to show! I bought one last year, nothing yet. Are they late or early to show there leaves?
PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

March 11, 2012
6:58 PM

Post #9038731

Haven't looked. I will have to ask Linda the timing...I think they are late.

Edited to say ---it was a nasty day today. Still have a few flakes of snow on the ground.

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 12, 2012
9:29 AM

Post #9039488

I love the color of this hellebore, but it is one of the down-facing ones so I have to tip the buds to really appreciate them.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 12, 2012
2:17 PM

Post #9039872

Went to Freddies yesterday and bought 4 heathers (2 kinds), a white bleeding heart and 3 hellebores. A new one called Moonbeam. Think it looks like an Ivory Prince and they are good bloomers. Something won't let me post pictures now. Really irritatting. I have loads of crocus blooming, daffs in bud and the neighbors plum is blooming and beautiful
Had to go to WM and get a new mouse. Got a blue wireless one and love it.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 12, 2012
2:21 PM

Post #9039875

I just read the article on creeping phlox and it reminded me that several years ago I put a creeping phlox in a large hanging container and it was beautiful for about 5 years. Cheaper than fushcias and didn't have to worry about it over the winter. Just leave it out.
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

March 12, 2012
8:23 PM

Post #9040438

Nasty weather here today. Sooooo...cold. Everything seems late this year.
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

March 12, 2012
8:27 PM

Post #9040450

The only thing "blooming" for me are my new chicks. I hatched 14 last Thursday/Friday. 14 random different pure breeds. This one is my favorite. Very soft and fluffy with feathered feet.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 13, 2012
9:31 AM

Post #9041032

So cute. That reminds me of when I got 60 day old chicks and raised them in my basement when I lived in Seattle. LOL
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 13, 2012
10:15 AM

Post #9041085

Every year on 'chick day' I am tempted to raise chickens again. I love the fresh eggs and rooster's crow.
PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

March 13, 2012
12:01 PM

Post #9041234

Julie had SO hoped to do chickens this year, but is still in a state of transition. We raised 100 "pit run" when she was little and it was so much fun. Had a huge variety of breeds...
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

March 17, 2012
9:37 AM

Post #9046032

Heathers are blooming, but not much else yet. (Not even my daffodils!) Temps continue to be at least 10 degrees below average with lots of rain and rain/snow mix.

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mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 17, 2012
9:49 AM

Post #9046046

Your new chicks look so sweet! Likewise we have mixed rain and snow. My crocuses are being pounded into the ground by slush falling from the sky. I have no daffodils at home, but the ones planted with my class by the south facing concrete wall of the school are beginning to bloom.
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

March 19, 2012
7:15 AM

Post #9048480

I awoke to snow on the ground for the 5th time in the last few weeks. Weird.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 19, 2012
11:38 AM

Post #9048867

I had an inch of large hail last night. It was frozen in place until ten the morn. I have hyacinths in bud. I saw four gray squirrels this morn also. Have I created a monster?
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

March 19, 2012
3:25 PM

Post #9049194

A pleasant surprise---after the snow melted today, I found these anemone blooming on a slope--tucked under a euonymus shrub.

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kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

March 19, 2012
3:27 PM

Post #9049197

More anemone.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 19, 2012
4:48 PM

Post #9049300

Those are so pretty. Need to add those to the new garden.
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

March 19, 2012
6:30 PM

Post #9049448

I bought the corms at Costco last year. I didn't get them in the ground until May or so, and then they bloomed in July or Aug, which was interesting. Now blooming again.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 20, 2012
6:57 AM

Post #9049957

My hellebore finally opened, along with mahonia, Indian plum, lungwort, and forsythia. Happy spring!

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kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

March 20, 2012
7:39 AM

Post #9049996

Beautiful pics, BH!!! Your yard is slightly earlier than mine. Indian plum is always fun to see---the first tree with foliage. Stunning pulmonaria!!!
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 20, 2012
7:51 AM

Post #9050009

I agree on the Indian plum -- our alders are also quite pretty now with all of their catkins hanging down. Hard to capture that on film, it's more of a red haze than an actual bloom. Makes me smile.
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

March 22, 2012
7:22 AM

Post #9052585

Well nothing can be seen blooming now after 8 inches of snow. Ugh. Snow in March isn't nearly as fun as snow in December-January.

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PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

March 22, 2012
9:21 AM

Post #9052720

Ugh, is right. Enough! Come on spring!

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 22, 2012
1:39 PM

Post #9053032

But it sure is beautiful. I discovered I have a native red currant. Whoopee. It's pretty.
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 23, 2012
7:18 PM

Post #9054608

Wow! That is a lot of snow for this time of year. I was lucky to only get a few dustings of it and a little very thick frost. almost like hail had fallen, melted a bit, and frozen again.

I love red currant. I have one that needs proper pruning, a skill at which I am woefully deficient.
ladyfiresign
Richmond B.C.
Canada

March 24, 2012
5:42 AM

Post #9054908

Last year my DH spent a couple of weeks putting in some French drains in the front yard. They work beautifully but in the process we had to dig up a planting bed to hook into the city storm drain system (all done with permits btw). The soil was re-spread, the lawn was re-seeded and voila! This spring we have some errant crocuses (crocusii?) and daffs growing in the middle of the lawn...hmm...plant more next fall and let them naturalize? It sure is tempting. nothing else in bloom but the brunnera is re-growing. Usually it blooms for me by now.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 24, 2012
10:09 AM

Post #9055210

I have a few errant crocus also. Since they just disappear for the summer I leave them alone. This place is also infested with grape hyacinths. All over the beds and the lawn. The blooms are up about two inches. Guess I should say naturlized.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 24, 2012
11:36 AM

Post #9055296

My daffs just opened - always a cheerful beginning.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 24, 2012
8:11 PM

Post #9055857

One of my daffs opened today too. Two tone and really pretty. I spent the day outside again and the long bed is looking like someone loves it. Still a lot to do. Got two containers filled with yardwaste. Yippee. I have a golden chain tree, a hawthorn tree, a yew, a baby flowering plum and five roses in that bed. Along with phlox, lilies, daffs, violets, columbine, and of course grape hyachith. And a lot of empty space. This should be fun.
BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

April 1, 2012
8:49 PM

Post #9066194

Tip-toe thru the tulips. Found this big boy wandering around the front yard tonight. He was sickly and it took some doing to get him to leave.

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kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

April 2, 2012
7:58 AM

Post #9066672

Ribes, red flowering currant, 'King Edwards'

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PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

April 6, 2012
5:04 PM

Post #9072430

PJM and primrose.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 6, 2012
6:30 PM

Post #9072518

That's a pretty spot. Love the PJM
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

April 8, 2012
8:59 PM

Post #9074872

I prefer tulips when they have not yet opened up fully.

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summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

April 8, 2012
10:27 PM

Post #9074924

I have this thing. Left over from last year's hanging baskets. It looks like lobelia but stayed evergreen all winter & bloomed early. No idea what it is.

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suzyq1968
Spanaway, WA
(Zone 8a)

April 13, 2012
8:09 PM

Post #9081666

Summerkid I think your blue bloomer is a type of veronica..maybe Georgia Blue but not sure. I have some too. Love that it blooms so early.
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 15, 2012
6:34 PM

Post #9083941

Everything is so beautiful, and I appreciate everyone's pictures even though I have none to offer of my own right now (too swamped with exams and papers...aaagh). My Osmanthus burkwoodii is in bloom, and smells so good right now. I love it. I want to plant another between the kitchen window and the back door, so I can have the lovely aroma waft inside.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 16, 2012
10:37 AM

Post #9084766

My beds here are looking good. I've been out weeding on every good day. I have the old front beds all weeded and some new plantings done. The beds were covered with old dead and rotten iris tubers. Had two garbage cans full. I left just the very end tuber in a wandering row down the middle of the bed so I can see what colors are there. I started on a backyard bed yesterday. I was dreading it because it looked so bad, weedy and rocky but I started lifting up the soil with a pitchfork and all the weeds came out quite readily. I weed here with a smile on my face. GREAT SOIL! My young neighbor came over and said she likes to weed. I told her she could come over anytime and indulge herself. Hope if she does she knows to get out the roots not just the top parts. LOL
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

April 16, 2012
3:47 PM

Post #9085135

Maury, the editor of Conde Nast House & Garden, Dominique something-or-other, wrote something really beautiful once about how she was too depressed to care for her garden after a divorce.

The garden kept doing its thing, getting a bit overgrown but still shielding her & offering beauty. "I had taken care of my garden for so long," she wrote. "And now it was taking care of me."
springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

April 17, 2012
5:51 PM

Post #9086743

Service Berries

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springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

April 17, 2012
5:52 PM

Post #9086744

Rodies and contorta

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springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

April 17, 2012
5:55 PM

Post #9086748

My 2nd year for JM coral bark.

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springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

April 17, 2012
5:57 PM

Post #9086751

A few plants from the WSU plants sale in Pullman
This site is like living in the stone age ATP is much faster. Wish you guys would move over there.

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springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

April 17, 2012
5:59 PM

Post #9086753

lets try 2.

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springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

April 17, 2012
6:04 PM

Post #9086760

Three will not post so two is my limit. Hope everyone is well. Post more love to see what everyone is doing.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 17, 2012
8:10 PM

Post #9086957

Your garden is so pretty. Love your primroses too.
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

April 17, 2012
8:21 PM

Post #9086968

Love the gazebo in the sky, spring!
So far I find ATP to be confusing to navigate.
springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

April 17, 2012
10:08 PM

Post #9087058

That's next door. There is a hill behind me. Funny!
Thanks both of you, love spring.
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 17, 2012
10:13 PM

Post #9087059

Springcolor, you have some beautiful gardens with great colors and textures!

Kosk, I love the closeup of the red flowering currant buds about to pop.

Willow, I'm so glad you are feeling more at home in your new garden. See what a little springtime (and great soil) can do for a person?

Welcome suzyq, I don't think I've seen you post before, although I easily might have missed something in the last year.

Summerkid, That is a really touching quote about a garden taking care of you. Special, thanks for sharing it.
I also find ATP a bit confusing, and kind of overwhelming with extra stuff (words and visuals) and advertising, also, My friends are here, so I decided to stay here.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 18, 2012
7:40 AM

Post #9087389

Thanks for the pics SC, all lovely. I've poked around on ATP a bit. Didn't find a PNW forum, closest thing was a Pacific Coast forum which seems to be primarily California. I also like the tools feature of DG for keeping track of my to do list and to journal my garden. I don't particularly consider it a blog although I guess others can follow it if they like, it's mostly for my own use. Would be hard to transfer that information. I 'do' FB but am not enamored of it - way too much silliness, but it's a good way to share photos with the family. I also follow a couple garden blogs but on a daily basis. It's easy to become scattered.

Back to topic: Iberis just opened, fruit tree buds are very swollen, the forget-me-nots are popping up wherever they like, and I'm daily finding new perennials shooting out of the ground. Seems there is such a small window to move things while they are still small and manageable. Has anyone tried to relocate Joe Pye? I think his roots are set in concrete! I'd like to move a whole patch of it from inside my herbs to just outside the fence and let it spread out into the field grass. It's such an extremely tall plant that I find it a bit difficult to place appropriately.

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springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

April 18, 2012
9:28 AM

Post #9087520

Your Joe is fantastic! Welcome suzyq.
I bought a new Iberis 'Masterpiece' It is should bloom all summer. We shall see

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 19, 2012
9:56 AM

Post #9088891

I have a beautiful red camillia in the front yard. The apple tree is showing color. The masses of grape hyacinths are beautiful and I have English blue and white bells all over. The wisteria has hundreds of buds. I am finding baby starts of yews, hazelnut, quince, lavender, lots of fun stuff. I'll get more pictures maybe I'll be able to post them.
suzyq1968
Spanaway, WA
(Zone 8a)

April 22, 2012
6:27 PM

Post #9093433

Thanks for the welcome Maury and Spring. I've posted before...but its been a long while since I had let my membership lapse. :-) I was going to post a few pics of what I have blooming but I can't get it to work. Will have to try again later.
springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

April 22, 2012
8:40 PM

Post #9093654

Yes, do!! Love to see pictures.
suzyq1968
Spanaway, WA
(Zone 8a)

April 22, 2012
9:25 PM

Post #9093689

Looks like I can only post one pic at a time. I have this pretty little trillium blooming still.

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suzyq1968
Spanaway, WA
(Zone 8a)

April 22, 2012
9:29 PM

Post #9093691

Pasque flower!

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suzyq1968
Spanaway, WA
(Zone 8a)

April 22, 2012
9:32 PM

Post #9093692

Omphalodes..love this little plant.

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suzyq1968
Spanaway, WA
(Zone 8a)

April 22, 2012
9:36 PM

Post #9093696

Bleeding heart just starting to bloom.

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suzyq1968
Spanaway, WA
(Zone 8a)

April 22, 2012
9:44 PM

Post #9093702

A few different things going on here :-)

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suzyq1968
Spanaway, WA
(Zone 8a)

April 22, 2012
9:53 PM

Post #9093704

Daffys still blooming

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suzyq1968
Spanaway, WA
(Zone 8a)

April 22, 2012
9:57 PM

Post #9093708

Cute little ranunculus ficaria. It disappears, leaves and all after it warms up. Pulmonaria in the background.

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kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

April 22, 2012
10:32 PM

Post #9093732

Very nice pics, Suzy! Thanks for posting.

my pic: Saxifraga with muscari, tulips, violas

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springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

April 22, 2012
11:14 PM

Post #9093740

Just beautiful!! Kosk love those colors.
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

April 25, 2012
6:54 AM

Post #9097064

Here is a pot I made using volunteer Johnny jump ups. Aphids in the greenhouse slowed down the growth, but I think I cleared the infection and it should be covered in glorious purple blooms pretty soon. I bought 3 of these pots for about 5 bucks on clearance. Made two others with violas and pansies that I started from seed. One with a trailing pansy 'Waterfall' or something and another with bronze colored violas.

Any tips on aphids in the greenhouse? I'm using Dr. Earth garlic infused spray pretty aggressively...it's working. But I sure wish they weren't there at all. They only went after (so far) my pansies/violas and hyacinth beans. And a few alyssum, too.

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springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

April 25, 2012
8:58 AM

Post #9097222

I bought some lady bugs one year. Then when it was summer and the greehouse was empty I opened the door. I also have good luck with insecticidal soap.
springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

April 25, 2012
11:10 AM

Post #9097384

This way nice Monday. The hostas are showing.

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suzyq1968
Spanaway, WA
(Zone 8a)

April 28, 2012
10:55 PM

Post #9102058

Kosk - love your spring scene. I have a few similar saxifrage. Just love them! Spring - your hostas look good. Mine are all leaving out this week. Things are looking up in the garden! I have my first open clematis. Will try and snap some photos tomorrow.
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

April 29, 2012
7:49 AM

Post #9102364

Fothergilla 'Jane Platt' in bloom. I added three fothergillas last year (2 Mt. Airy, 1 Jane Platt) after learning about them on this DG Pacific NW forum!

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mbabbitt
Bothell, WA

May 2, 2012
8:42 AM

Post #9107096

Spring prep is complete with the accompanying May 1st flowers. I dug out via pickaxe a pampas grass and replaced with the red dwarf Japanese cedar; it turns green in warmer weather. And all my dahlias are now planted and sprouting.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 2, 2012
10:21 AM

Post #9107238

I like that. Neat and tidy. Love the red cedar too.
PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

May 2, 2012
12:29 PM

Post #9107379

My favorite rhodie...Blaney's Blue!

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 2, 2012
3:12 PM

Post #9107546

That is a beauty.
mbabbitt
Bothell, WA

May 3, 2012
7:53 AM

Post #9108423

PNWMountainGirl wrote:My favorite rhodie...Blaney's Blue!
Yes, that is a wonderful color. I told a neighbor of mine (who was inquiring about a centerpiece flowering shrub for his front yard) that an azalea or small form rhodie might be the ticket. That blue would be quite nice in his yard. That might be a little tall for his needs - but that blue...



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PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

May 3, 2012
9:39 AM

Post #9108652

It is about 15 years old and I have never pruned it. Probably about 7 foot tall.
BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

May 15, 2012
6:10 PM

Post #9125309

Things are really growing now that we had this wonderful stretch of warm weather.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 15, 2012
6:33 PM

Post #9125334

Hi Beahive, That pond is so pretty. Did you make it yourself?

That iris is so pretty it makes my heart hurt to look at it. Love the blue flowers.

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BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

May 15, 2012
8:56 PM

Post #9125497

If I made the pond myself I would still be digging the hole! LOL!! I had a wonderful man do it for me. He also built the one I had at the old place in Silverton.
Here is a DG link I kept on the pond project from last summer if you want to see all the work that is involved. It is a long , messy and noisy process..but well worth it in the end. I am enjoying it so much!

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1195050/
springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

May 15, 2012
10:38 PM

Post #9125548

Look what is blooming!!!!!!! 2 years waiting.
I remember your project. That is so gorgeous.

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summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 16, 2012
1:05 AM

Post #9125584

BeaHive, you are SO CLOSE to me!!! Like, 45 minutes away -- I probably passed your house driving to kosk's last spring. I'd hire your pool guy in a second if anything bigger than a wheelbarrow could get to the area I have in mind.

I'm leaving for a couple of weeks in Chicago tomorrow but please let's get together this summer?
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 16, 2012
6:32 AM

Post #9125769

Beahive---those are incredible pics! Your pond is spectacular. I love all of the plantings around it.

Oooh...the elusive Himalayan blue poppy. I have 7 seedlings that I am nursing along in peat pots. They are by far the slowest growing seedlings I've ever worked with. Very difficult to grow, and I never see it available in any nurseries, which is why I'm doing the seed thing with it.
BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

May 16, 2012
11:26 AM

Post #9126100

Springcolor..love the blue poppy. Have not had any luck with those. So sad!
Summerkid and anyone else who is in the area and would like to visit feel free to ask. I am home (in the garden) most days.

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kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 17, 2012
12:41 PM

Post #9127367

I've started a new 'what's blooming' thread, because this one is too long, and it goes back to winter.

New thread:
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1258800/

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