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Random plant photos from the last several weeks.

First up, I liked the color of this iris at Portland Nursery from a few weeks ago.
Sign of the times. This yucca was about to bloom on Broadway in Portland a few weeks ago. The store is a cannabis shop with a pretty nice logo. It seems to go well with the yucca, which I am glad they left in place.
Planter
I am happy with the way this planter on our front porch turned out. The flower is a miniature mockorange with very fragrant white flowers in spring (Philadelphus coronarius 'Illumina Tiny Tower') and the ground cover is a native sedum from the Cascade Mountains of Oregon (Sedum spathulifolium). I like the silver blue of the leaves with the dark brown of our porch railings.
Fatsia
Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web' at Cistus nursery. Interesting variegation with white speckles on the leaves. Looks like spider mite damage to me. I can't decide if I like it or not.
A very large house almost completely engulfed by rhododendrons. It is pretty, but I find it a little spooky. What are they hiding in there? Is this a gardener's dream or nightmare? Do you garden under giant rhododendrons? Or is it just bare ground?
Paeonia Veitchii
Chinese woodland peony (Paeonia veitchii) blooming in the garden for the first time since I bought it in 2019. Not fragrant.
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Here are the leaves as they first emerged back in mid-May.
Fatsia
Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web' at Cistus nursery. Interesting variegation with white speckles on the leaves. Looks like spider mite damage to me. I can't decide if I like it or not.

Some hens and chicks (Sempervivum) that I grew from seed.

This year’s crop of chicks just germinated. These start out sooooooo tiny! Just little specks of green initially. But they grow fast. Here, they are about 2 months old. They don’t get their colors until later in the year.

Tiny tiny baby sempervivum chicks, only a couple months old
Close-up of some baby sempervivum chicks. Cute!

My tree peony (Paeonia delavayi). I was hoping for a deep dark red and got this. Still not sure if I like this particular color or not. And, all of the flowers hang down and are hidden amongst the leaves, so you really have to go looking for them and then turn them up to see them. That’s a lot of effort to see a flower, but at least they aren’t low to the ground like a lot of the hellebores that do the same darn thing.

Wall iris (Iris tectorum) from seed (2018).

This part of the flower reminds me of the crest of a sea serpent lifting up above the waves.

New growth on the silver vein creeper (Parthenocissus henryana).

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Geppetto

    Love the Philadelphus coronarius ‘Illumina Tiny Tower’ with the Sedum spathulifolium.

    1. GARDEN CURMUDGEON

      It did turn out nice. Now that the weather has warmed up, the Philadelphus leaves aren’t as dark green.

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