Garden Bloggers‘ Bloom Day – May 2019

After a hot April, May has been cool so far in Zurich, Switzerland, with a couple of almost-frosts, luckily without any damage. The cool weather has slowed the plants‘ development in my garden. Still, there are many blooms. Garden Bloggers‘ Bloom Day is a meme hosted by May Dreams Gardens. Go over there and check out the other participants‘ blooming spectacles.

Choisya ‚Aztec Pearl‘ starting to bloom with apricot-colored buds. I really do love Choisyas. They are easy, perfectly hardy, evergreen, fragrant, grow in every soil (but probably prefer good drainage) and are easily propagated (stick a cutting into the ground and it will grow).

Cytisus scoparius ‚Apricot Gem‘ really is a gem and a bloonming highlight in the garden. It is strongly scented. Underplanted with Morina longifolia on the left and Haplopappus glutinosus on the right (1st picture).

Blooms on the fabulous Grevillea juniperina ‚Prostrate Red‘. It‘s a new one for me, probably not that hardy. But I‘m hoping it being prostrate helps.

In normal winters, Debregeasia orientalis freezes to the ground. But after this year’s mild winter, it is blooming and will bear plenty of tiny, delicious, orange-colored berries.

Pretty Armeria maritima with some glaucous Sedum.

Bulbine bulbosa, a volunteer seedling, survived winter and is now starting to bloom. This Australian native has supposedly edible bulbs, although I‘ve never tried or even seen them.

Lovely violet blooms on Rhaphithamnus spinosus, native to Chile. If this were a groundcover plant, it would be totally hardy. But it wants to grow upright, so every winter all parts above a couple of inches get killed off (<-5°C). It regenerates easily, though.

Kitsch and punk. Blooms on Rhododendron stenopetalum ‚Linearifolium‘. The only Rhododendron in my garden. .

Schisandra chinensis is a nice climbing plant with medicinal berries.

Cheerful Tetraneuris scaposa from the Southern USA and Northern Mexico.

As a bonus, an older picture of Ceanothus ‚Blue Jeans‘, which bloomed around the End of April. It has amazing foliage and is quite hardy here.


Garden Bloggers‘ Bloom Day – April 2019

It has been a lovely spring in Switzerland, so far. Twice, we had almost-frost nights, but there was no damage done to the emerging foliage and blooms. In this blog post, I’m featuring the blooms in my garden. Garden Bloggers‘ Bloom Day is a meme hosted by May Dreams Gardens. Go over there and check out the other participants‘ blooming spectacles.

Akebia trifoliata, or Chocolate vine, fills the air with its heavenly scent (not like chocolate, though).

Amelanchier lamarckii is a nice shrub, commonly grown here. The berries, after the blooms, are delicious.

Arctostaphylos nevadensis is newly acquired and already blooming. It looks similar to A. uva-ursi, but has nicer foliage, imo.

Ceanothus gloriosus x masonii ‚Blue Jeans‘ will soon be in bloom. My favorite Ceanothus! Just look at that foliage!

Epimedium rubrum emerges with flowers and new foliage at the same time.

Also newly acquired: Grevillea juniperina ‚Prostate Red‘. Lots of buds, here’s the most mature of them.

Ribes malvaceum looking really great this year. The foliage is scented, musky!

The blooms of Ribes sanguineum have a stronger color than R. malvaceum. I like the latter better, regardless (scent!).

My worst enemy of all the garden weeds: Muscari neglectum, Grape hyacinth. The grass-like foliage looks so ugly and it’s so hard to get rid of.

A wild tulip, which I planted: Tulipa humilis var. pulchella ‚Alba Caerulea Oculata‘.

Weedy tulips, which I inherited with the garden. And some Bluebells and Hellebores behind.

Myositis, Forget-me-not, to end this post.

Garden Bloggers‘ Bloom Day – March 2019

Spring is on its way! Finally there are some blooms in the garden again, after the very meager winter months. With the meme „Garden Bloggers‘ Bloom Day“ (GBBD) we’re showcasing every month the blooms of our gardens. GBBD is hosted by May Dreams Gardens. Go over there and check out the other participants‘ blooming spectacles.

Abeliophyllum distichum, or Snow Forsythia, has opened its blooms. It doesn’t flower much earlier than the „common“ Forsythia, but has definitely its own charm. It emits a nice, spicy scent.

Cornus mas ‚Kazanlak‘ cheers up the gloomy days.

Euphorbia myrsinites is just starting to bloom.

The Helleborus are weedy in my garden and they don’t bloom early enough for my liking. And not all of them have such a nice, strong color (many are greenish).

I’m swooning over my Prunus mume tree at the moment. I got it as a little seedling and this year it’s blooming for the first time for real. It’s got a lovely scent and is so pretty!

Ribes malvaceum is not quite there, yet. It’s my favorite Ribes, due to the musky, fragrant foliage.

Tiny Chionodoxa luciliae (or Scilla bifolia?) creating a dot of color.

The Violets are looking nice.

That’s it for this month. What’s flowering in your garden? Join the GBBD meme and share your blooms!

Garden Bloggers‘ Bloom Day – February 2019

We’re having very pleasant weather which seems to be staying for a while. With a bit of luck this means that winter’s over. It would be the mildest winter since maybe four years! I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Despite mild weather, there isn’t much going on in the garden. I really need to get more winter bloomers…
Garden Bloggers‘ Bloom Day is hosted by May Dreams Garden. Check the posts of the other participants out!

The Hamamelis (I’m guessing ‚Arnold Promise‘) is now in full bloom. Sadly, it hasn’t a scent.

The Primulas are looking a bit better now that the weather has warmed.

THe snowdrops are starting their thing. Yay!

Honorable mentions are Sweet Box and Mahonia ‚Winter Sun‘ which are still flowering.

Garden Bloggers‘ Bloom Day – January 2019

First Bloom Day of the year – and there aren’t many blooms to show. Winter here in Central Europe so far has been mild but too cold for many of the winter bloomers in my garden. I probably have to get more plants that bloom reliably in this season.

Sarcococca confusa seems to be starting to bloom. I don’t smell anything yet, so I’m not sure if the blooms are open. Sarcococca confusa and the fern Polystichum polyblepharum make an elegant combination in the shade garden.

There was heavy snow just a couple of days before. It has melted, but it left flattened blooms on Mahonia media ‚Winter Sun‘ behind.

Lonicera color pop.

Viburnum tinus is my favorite „common“ garden plant. It provides great winter interest with its superb evergreen foliage and the scented winter blooms.

There are only buds on Prunus mume, but I’m already excited for the show in spring!

My noid Hamamelis hasn’t opened the flower buds either, there is a tiny bit of yellow showing on there, though.

Garden Bloggers‘ Bloom Day is hosted by May Dreams Gardens.

Foliage First! – January 2019

I’m starting this new feature „Foliage First!“, which is inspired by the hashtag #foliagefirst on Instagram. I participated in Garden Bloggers‘ Bloom Day and thought to myself: in winter, the foliage in our gardens is much more important, so why not start a similar feature showcasing foliage in all its glory? With „Foliage First!“ I’m showing the finest foliage that I can spot in my garden at the first day of every month. So let’s go ahead:

Agarista populifolia is a really exotic looking shrub (from Florida!) with its ficus-like, evergreen foliage, which shines especially in winter.

Agave neomexicana ‚Sacramento‘ with a spoonful of snow. Easy to grow with good drainage.

Doesn‘t look like much right now, but it‘s quite a special plant: a young, gangly Aristotelia fruticosa, grown from seed, between Cephalotaxus harringtonia ‚Fastigiata‘. It‘s a divaricating shrub, a typical habit of New Zealand plants, from mountainous regions, so hopefully it proves winter hardy in my climate. The species is really polymorphic: brown, dead-looking foliage to green and lush, deeply lobed to rounded leaf.

A. fruticosa is a cousin to the bigger Aristotelia chilensis from, you guessed it, Chile. This Genus shows a clear Gondwanan range: From Chile to Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand. A. chilensis freezes most winters to the ground, but is quite hardy.

I love the foliage of Ceanothus gloriosus x masonii ‚Blue Jeans‘. Hardy and easy.

Choisya ‚Aztec Pearl‘ looks always good, year-round. It’s really easy to propagate, so don’t buy it at a store and just ask a friend for a cutting.

Cornus kousa x capitata ‚Norman Hadden‘ is almost semi-evergreen. The few leaves that are left look great right now.

Corokia cotoneaster, another divaricating New Zealand native. Does well in shade for me. It is somewhat semi-evergreen after hard frosts.

Straight foliage on Cytisus scoparius ‚Apricot Gem‘.

Dryopteris wallichiana is an awesome evergreen fern. It almost sparkles;)

Elaeagnus umbellata v. rotundifolia still has some leaves.

Eryngium agavifolium.

I do love Hebes. One of my favorite is Hebe ochracea, a so-called whipcord hebe. Great combination with Lavender.

Silver colored Hebe pimeleoides.

Hebe ‚Theo‘ tried to flower before the frosts struck.

Another divaricating plant from New Zealand (there seems to be a pattern, here): Hoheria angustifolia.

Ilex vomitoria, a Ilex species that can be used like Mate tea.

Sparkling, silver foliage: Jacobaea maritima.

Lomatia fraseri isn’t hardy enought for me, it grew back this year from being cut back to the ground.

My favorite hardy Olearia: Olearia virgata lineata. It looses its leaves most winter, though.

That’s it!
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Garden Bloggers‘ Bloom Day – December 2018

After a couple of harder frosts (-3°C/27°F), there aren’t many blooms left in the garden.

A very nice winterbloomer is Viburnum tinus. It got lots of buds, and some of them already opened.

Arbutus unedo ‚Compacta‘ is still blooming away, though the delicious berries are long gone.

My only Camellia (I need more!) has some buds in preparation, for the first time. Will it flower this winter or will the cold get to them first? We’ll see. The cultivar: Camellia sinensis ‚Large Leaf Form‘.

Cytisus scoparius ‚Apricot Gem‘ has a few flowers, which isn’t normal. More blooms are bound to come in spring.

Dalea bicolor has still its foliage, but it’s done with the blooms. Like many other plants…

This late planted Helenium ‚Mardi Gras‘ still wants to push on. Not for long probably.

This Lonicera (noid) has a few blooms every winter. I wish there were more on the plant.

Mahonia media ‚Winter Sun‘ seems to look even better as winter progresses.

Malacomeles (Amelanchier) denticulata should be grown more. It is almost hardy in my climate, not too fussy about the wet weather, and seems to bloom twice a year: Winter and late spring. It’s an evergreen Amelanchier with edible berries from Mexico.

The blooms aren’t really showy, but it got lovely foliage. (Here with spikey Echinacea remnants.)

This Pulsatilla (noid) is flowering for some reason.

Hopefully the blooms of Sarcococca confusa will open soon. A great plant for shade, I want more of.

Tiarella ‚Cascade Creeper‘ is surprisingly blooming.

No blooms, but such nice fall color: Cotinus coggygria ‚Lisjo‘

Garden Bloggers‘ Bloom Day is hosted by May Dreams Garden.