Sunday, May 23, 2010

What's Blooming?

Spirea x vanhouttei
Spirea x vanhouttei (Bridal Wreath)

Last week I was still wearing a coat and gloves. Today, it's in the 90's! The garden is bursting with color. Some of my favorites have come and gone, like the lilacs and the bridal wreath (above, last week). But the roses and irises have begun to open, and some of my spring bloomers are still going strong!

Here is an overview of some of my garden areas:

Overview, looking north
Side lawn, looking north. I like to keep the grass tall, especially this time of year. It really keeps the weeds away!

Overview of pond garden
Pond Garden. It's looking mighty overgrown!

Overview of shade garden
Woodland Garden

I love the color and textures of the garden! Here are some close-ups of the flowers that are in bloom today (and some close-ups of non-flowers that have beautiful textures and colors).

Thalictrum aquilegifolium
Thalictrum aquilegifolium (Meadow Rue)

Thalictrum aquilegifolium
Thalictrum aquilegifolium (Meadow Rue)

Euphorbia cyparissias
Euphorbia cyparissias (Spurge)

Weigela florida "Varigata"
Weigela florida "Varigata"

Corydalis lutea
Corydalis lutea

Heuchera x brizoides "Bresssingham Hybrid"
Heuchera "Bressingham Hybrid" (Coral Bells)

Amsonia tabernaemontana
Amsonia tabernaemontana (Willow Blue Star)

Papaver orientale "Prince of Orange"
Papaver orientale "Prince of Orange" (Oriental Poppies)

Papaver orientale "Prince of Orange"
Papaver orientale "Prince of Orange" (Oriental Poppies)

Heuchera "Marmalade"
Heuchera "Marmalade" (Coral Bells). I grow this for the leaves!

Lupinus polyphyllus "Russell's Hybrids"
Lupinus polyphyllus "Russel's Hybrids" (Lupines)

Wild onion
Wild onions

Rosa rugosa "Wildberry Breeze"
Rosa Rugosa "Wildberry Breeze"

Rosa rugosa "Blanc Double de Coubert"
Rosa rugosa "Blanc Double de Coubert"

Aruncus dioicus
Aruncus dioicus (Goat's Beard)

Brunnera macrophylla
Brunnera macrophylla (Siberian Bugloss)

Wild Phlox
Wild Tall Phlox

Bearded Iris "Proud Tradition"
Bearded Iris "Proud Tradition"

Bearded Iris "Proud Tradition"
Bearded Iris "Proud Tradition"

Bearded Iris
Yellow Bearded Iris

Bearded Iris
Peachy Pink Bearded Iris

Iris siberica "Steve"
Iris siberica "Steve" (Siberian Iris)

Iris siberica "Steve"
Iris siberica "Steve" (Siberian Iris)

Clematis "Nelly Moser"
Clematis "Nelly Moser"

Clematis (unknown variety)

Geranium sanguinium "Johnson's Blue"
Geranium sanguinium "Johnson's Blue"

Geranium sanguinium "Max Frei" & wild strawberries
Geranium sanguinium "Max Frei" & wild strawberry. I like this color combination!

Ostrich Ferns
Ostrich Ferns

Aegopodium podagraria "Variegatum"
Aegopodium podagraria "Variegatum" (Bishop's Weed)

I hope you enjoyed the tour of the garden today. I'll do another garden post when I get more plants blooming!

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Blogger Nancy's Notes said...

The tour of your garden was awesome, flowers are incredibly stunning!

Thanks for sharing.


May 23, 2010 at 8:28 PM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Nancy-

I'm glad you liked the tour! :-)


May 23, 2010 at 8:42 PM  
Blogger Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

I love your garden! How beautiful! You have some of my favorite flowers. I see your weigela is blooming; mine has buds, but not quite ready to bloom yet.

May 23, 2010 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Katie-

Thank you! I think it's fun to watch the other bloggers south of me to see what's blooming in their gardens. Then I know mine will be next! :-)


May 23, 2010 at 10:20 PM  
Blogger Our Porch in Hillsborough said...

Wow - you're a great photographer and gardener. The blooms are all lovely, but I'm really taken with the ostrich ferns! I have a spot where they might work really well!
Thanks for sharing your beautiful spring garden.

May 24, 2010 at 9:39 PM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Leah-

Thanks for the nice words! I really like how my ostrich ferns have gotten fuller the last few years. They were spindly for several years, and it took quite a while for them to spread.


May 24, 2010 at 9:57 PM  
Blogger Sea Witch said...

My dad would have loved reading your post today. He had a natural green thumb and your first ic of bridal wreath brought so manay childhood memories back. My dad plated bridal wreath as a border from our neighor's yard. It grew so high and was so full and lovely. I used to pick the tiny boquets and dry them for my sisters Tammy dolls. Sea witch

May 24, 2010 at 10:25 PM  
Blogger La Petite Gallery said...

YES the plants are awaking,
My Bridal wreath is beautiful, Iris,forget me nots, Azalea.
My white Rugosa is alway pretty and smells great,The lupins aren't
ready yet..
Love your garden, wish we could swap cuttings.

May 25, 2010 at 5:30 AM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...

Sea Witch-

I'm glad the bridal wreath picture brought back some fond childhood memories! I remember loving our neighbor's bridal wreath shrubs as a child, and that's why I just had to have one in my garden. And I've never trimmed it in 16 years!


May 25, 2010 at 9:08 AM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...


Don't you just love the smell of rugosa roses? My white one perfumes the whole yard. I always try to buy plants that have great smells. It's one of the reasons I love flower gardening!


May 25, 2010 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger The Sweetbrier Cottage said...

OMG, your garden is soooo beautiful! I thoroughly enjoyed the tour!

May 26, 2010 at 1:03 PM  
Blogger The Victorian Parlor said...


It's all so beautiful!!! Your Iris' are gorgeous! Thanks for the garden tour:).



May 26, 2010 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...

Sweetbrier Cottage-

I'm glad you enjoyed it! And thank you!


May 26, 2010 at 6:34 PM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...


Thank you for the nice words! It's amazing how much more I'm seeing in the flowers when I get really good close-up pics! (i.e., little cobwebs all over everything)


May 26, 2010 at 6:36 PM  
Blogger La Bella Vie said...

OK I've said this before but will again, this is one of the nicest blogs I have been in and I really love this beautiful garden of yours. Lucky you, we still have cold rain coming down but that's called Oregon sunshine:)
Pop over in the next couple weeks to La Bella Vie to see (cringe?) what we did to our Eastlake full size bed...stay tuned...

May 29, 2010 at 2:10 AM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Terry-

How nice of you to post such a nice comment! Thank you! I will be looking for your Eastlake bed post.

Hope your weather gets a bit better soon! :-)


May 29, 2010 at 5:26 PM  
Anonymous Valerie said...

Jiminy Cricket Pam, your gardens are looking so very lovely! Thanks for the kick in the pants I've been needing to get back out into mine before it's too late.


May 30, 2010 at 6:26 PM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...


It's never too late, Valerie! No matter how much I neglect my garden at times, I'm always able to get out there eventually and whip it back into shape!.


May 31, 2010 at 2:28 PM  
Blogger The Rustic Victorian said...

In this new house, I have a blank slate,mostly, so many choices and designs for garden spaces. I find so many wonderful gardens online,,,
like yours,, for inspiration.
Wonderful Pam!

July 5, 2010 at 6:29 AM  

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