If you were looking for something positive regarding our cold spring, the slow start means the bright, hopeful spring green foliage lingers. Some trees haven’t leafed out, apparently having trouble deciding, leaving more light for the plants in bloom. Also, it seems like the early bloomers are lasting longer in this refrigerator-like climate. Here’s another installment of flower ID, helping you get to know the flowers growing around Wallingford. I hope you enjoy it!
The electric blue of Ceanothus (California lilac) is arresting. There are lots of species and many cultivars available, most growing into huge woody shrubs (don’t be fooled by their cute appearance at the nursery). C. gloriosus ‘Pt Reyes’ is a lovely (tallish) groundcover though. California has the corner on the blue ones; in Oregon and Washington most native species are white or light lavender blue.
This is a nice perennial grouping with vibrant colors that warm you up just looking at them. Clockwise from the top are Spurge (Euphorbia), Spiraea japonica (probably ‘Gold Flame’) and Helianthemum ‘Henfield Brilliant’. To see closeups click on the thumbnails below.
Plants with animal names:
Dogwoods (Cornus sp.) are popular in Northwest gardens. Here’s a pink one (C. florida):
I am partial to our native dogwood, C. nuttallii. There is hardly anything as beautiful in the spring as this tall tree in the forest understory with its white blossoms floating before a backdrop of dark conifers. Sadly, they tend to get fungus infections in city landscapes.
This chorus of Leopard’s bane (Doronicum orientale) got my attention; it’s practically dancing onto the sidewalk.