This is my last minute, impromptu Bloom Day post featuring a selection of flowers currently blooming in our zone 7 western Oregon garden. Bloom day is a monthly challenge from May Dreams Gardens to document the flowers occurring in our gardens. Check it out. It’s a great way to see how far ahead or behind your own flowers are compared to other parts of the world and to find new and interesting plant blogs.
First up, our native Pacific hound’s tongue, Adelinia grandis, formerly Cynoglossum grande. Cyno- (blue) glossum (tongue) was easy to remember. Adelinia, not so much. These were transplanted from up the hill. They must be happy because there are seedlings nearby (right).
This Anemone nemerosa ‘Stars in the Night’ gets better every year. Might be time to divide later this summer and start a second patch.
Blooming for the first time, our Arctostaphylos auriculatus ‘Diablo’s Blush’, next to Narcissus bulbocodium.
The most vibrant pink of the manzanitas in our yard belongs to Arctostaphylos bakeri ‘Louis Edmonds’.
Flowers from two of our very abundant weeds, English daisy (Bellis perennis, left) and horsetail (Equisetum telmatiea, right). Once the English daisy flowers open up, the pink color fades away and becomes pure white. Horsetail is our most aggressive weed, impossible to get rid of. I’ve given up gardening in certain parts of the yard because of it. If you look close, you can see blue fungal spores on the tip of the flower – it’s been so wet and cold that even horsetail flowers start to mold.
Purple deadnettle, Lamium purpureum. Easy-to-pull, mostly inoffensive weed.
Our native Calypos bulbosa, rescued from a clearcut about ten year’s ago. It’s often said that this orchid is impossible to transplant. Obviously, not true. My strategy was to move the plants into an environment that was similar to the one they came from – underneath a patch of Douglas fir with similar lighting, moisture, and moss species. It worked.
My teaser featured photo, Carlina acaulis. A favorite, photogenic dead flower. Expect the unexpected for bloom day at Botanica Chaotica.
Shades of purple. Corydalis solida ‘Purple Bird’ on the left and Fritilaria mileagris on the right. This is the only corydalis that I’ve had start to naturalize. For some reason, the pink varieties don’t return. I’ve had similar issues trying to establish F. mileagris. I noticed that the checker pattern on the flowers looks blurry, even when in focus. That’s gotta be a super power.
A Doronicum species. Surprisingly drought tolerant. Mine survive 3-4 months without any rain or watering.
Euphorbia cyparissias ‘Fens Ruby’ (left), purchased because it reminds me of my grandmother’s garden, where the plain green variety meandered amongst the iris. I’ve been afraid to plant it in ground, worried about its invasiveness. This year, I went ahead and did it. We’ll see what happens. The related Euphorbia myrsinites on the right.
Florist’s cineraria (left) bought on a whim, because I loved the deep dark purple of these flowers as a boy. I didn’t remember that they were fragrant. On the right, the brightest, most vibrant red Gasteria blooming in the greenhouse at work.
Grevillea ‘Neil Bell’.
Botanica Chaotica’s patron flower, Hacquetia epipactis. I just divided the mother plant again, seems very happy here in western Oregon. Takes our summer drought like a champ. I’ve been looking for the variegated version, Apollo, for several years. So far, no luck.
Our native Lomatium columbianum. One of two flower clusters remaining after a long, cold, wet spring. The others rotted away.
Two more natives, Cardamine nuttallii (left) and our western skunk cabbage, Lysichiton americanus, emerging from the creek (right) – it’s the vertical yellow oval thing emerging from the creek near the center of the photo.
Just a few of the many narcissus in our yard. Clockwise from upper left, Narcissus romieuxii or N. bulbocodium ‘White’ (I can’ tell which is which), Narcissus bulbocodium, N. ‘Snowboard’, and N. ‘Rainbow of Colors’.
Paeonia tenuifolia. Blooms on their way. I like it at this stage best. See the horsetail emerging in the background?
Ranunculus ficaria ‘Flore Pleno’. Not invasive in our yard. This plant is at least 10 years old and hasn’t gone anywhere.
Unusual flowers of Scopiola carnicola, a name fitting for an 80’s hair band. This is a subtle flower that you have to poke around a bit to appreciate.
Twisty blue petals of the extremely dry shade tolerant Trachystemon orientalis. These make an absolutely terrible cut flower, wilting within minutes into a sodden lump. This weekend, I divided and moved the original plant to several shadier locations as the leaves burn in the summer’s hot afternoon sun.
Our native trilliums, Trillium kurabayashii and Trillium ovatum.
Two more natives. Veronica regina-nivalis, still blooming from February. Another casualty of the name change game. I just need to remember that the specific epithet refers to one of the common names, snow queen, with nivalis meaning snow and regina meaning queen.
Off to the right, is a favorite yellow violet, Viola sempervirens. This species doesn’t seem to get damaged by the violet gall midge (Phytophaga violicola) like the European Viola odorata varieties do. In fact, I don’t think I’ve seen any of our native violets with much damage, which makes me think the midge might be native here in western North America.
And that’s a wrap. Hope you’ve enjoyed the flowers I’ve decided to focus on for this month!