I love to see hummingbirds in the garden.
Just resting on the dying/dead contorted filbert:
Hellebores are reliable late-winter bloomers.
For each plant, there are about a couple photos from February 13 and about a couple from March 6.
Helleborus x ballardiae ‘Pink Frost’:
Helleborus ‘Onyx Odyssey’:
Helleborus orientalis ‘Frilly Kitten’:
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Royal Heritage Strain’:
Helleborus ‘Peppermint Ice’:
Helleborus argutifolius ‘Snow Fever’:
Helleborus ‘Cherry Blossom’:
Helleborus orientalis ‘Elly’:
There were plants that bloomed in the late summer and in the fall that did not get posted here (I got busy). I’ve decided to skip them and instead focus on 2014 plants. However, I already had a draft of this crocosmia post, so I feel like I might as well post it. Just know that these plants are not blooming right now.
Hmm, maybe this year I can get a photograph of a hummingbird visiting the crocosmias–the hummingbirds definitely love them.
The monardas are located in the backyard, beneath the apricot tree. They are in partial shade, but do not seem to mind. They are good hummingbird plants. Monardas are sometimes prone to powdery mildew, but these seem free of it thus far.
We bought a few plants in July (not all of which have been planted). We have definitely slowed down – on the other hand, we’ve also been busy. Four came from the grocery store (yes a grocery store with plants!), and three came from the everything store.
I bought this blue agastache thinking that when it bloomed the blossoms would be the shape that the hummingbirds like… it is just starting to open, and I think it will be more like Agastache foeniculum ‘Golden Jubilee’ in this post.
The co-gardener picked up this decorative oregano.
Blue plants can be tricky to find, and I think that is why I picked up this plant. It was just finishing blooming, so it is hard to tell from the photo what the blooms look like. Next year!
At first I thought that this balloon flower was a campanula (also typically blue). The balloon flower (with which I was not familiar) is compact, so I think it will be easier to fit it in somewhere.
We had two Indian feathers in the front yard. They got huge, leggy, and completely lay down on some other plants. We pruned them hard and it killed them. I said no more Indian feathers, too undisciplined… but I gave in. At the everything store, some of the plants are outside so that one passes them when going into the store to buy other things. I think this plant will have to have a lot of space, and then maybe be pruned down if it starts to get leggy. The tag claimed that this variety is more supportive than others.
This shasta daisy was only $4!
I liked how pokey this veronica is… and it was only $4. There is a pink veronica (speedwell) in this post.
Yet another varietal shasta daisy
We originally mail-ordered a ‘Double Scoop Orangeberry’ coneflower along with several other coneflowers, but had to cancel the order when the shipment had still not arrived in May when we were headed to Europe. This price was better than the mail-order, and the plant is bigger. All the same, it is exciting to get plants in the mail and some of the many types of coneflowers can be hard to find.
The Chinese primrose grows in the swamp and provides some nice color.
I showed this wallflower before, but I thought it looked full and attractive. Definitely long blooming. It has gotten a bit too big for its spot – I might see if I can tame it a bit.
I really like this alstroemeria. The stems are not long like the cut flowers that can be purchased in the floral department – it is a rather compact lovely thing. I wouldn’t mind having more alstroemerias (this one came from the hardware store last year).
The co-gardener collects shasta daisies (Leucanthemum x superbum), so there are many in the garden. They are generally reliable, long-blooming, and robust.
The tree mallow (Lavatera ‘Red Rum’) is next to the fountain.
This veronica (Veronica spicata ‘Heidekind’) looks very similar to a salvia.
Two hollyhocks were planted in the rose garden last year. This one, Alcea rosea annua ‘Spring Celebrities Crimson’, is blooming this year. The other one, a purple one, is not dead, but only consists of a few leaves a few inches off of the ground. Hollyhocks generally don’t do well in the Pacific Northwest – they get a rust (fungus). Last year when we bought the plants at the hardware store we were willing to treat them like annuals.