Monday, April 26, 2010

Dogwood Heaven

It's Dogwood Heaven in Western Oregon this week! With all those new fancy cultivars out there it's still hard to beat the old faithful Cornus florida 'Rubra' when it's in flower! This one grows in our garden & is about 50 years old.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Indian Rhubarb

One of our favorites in the garden is Darmera peltata, native to West side of Southern Oregon & Northern California is makes a great garden perennial. A slow but steady grower with stunning pink flower stems before the foliage emerges in the Spring.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Koto Strings & a Creature's Red Face!

With the return of Spring come the fantastic colors of new Japanese Maple foliage. Here are a couple that are leafing out in our garden this week.

Acer palmatum 'Koto No Ito'
楓 ’琴の糸’
Koto Strings (a Japanese string instrument)

Acer palmatum 'Shindeshojo'
楓 ’新出狸々’
Shojo is a mythical Chinese creature with a red face!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Signs of life!

Wisteria floribunda 'Black Dragon'
The first Wisteria we grafted 6 weeks ago & potted 2 weeks ago are now showing signs of life! Next we have to go through them all & remove the flower buds so that they don't flower themselves to death before they have enough new roots.