Six on Saturday: August 18, 2018

Welcome to our garden!

  1. Much of the Japanese look was inherited by us when we bought the house. The lantern is sweet at night in the summer!IMG_20180816_190915b
    2. We also inherited a zillion sword ferns. I enjoy them, but they multiply so much that we must remove a good number each year. We also prune them back in order to have fresh fronds each spring. Here you see the sun setting and showing the colour on the reverse of several fronds.IMG_20180816_190527b

3. We have many Hostas in our shade garden. Perhaps this is Hosta June? It too came from the previous owners.IMG_20180816_190407b

4. This is a Cardoon. I also grew artichokes this year. They both got very tall and were admired by the garden tour visitors back in late June.


5. On the left you see Hydrangea Quickfire and on the right, an oakleaf Hydrangea.


6.  A few Clematis remain, but after our intense heat and drought, many are but single stems now. On the left is C. Tie Dye. The top right photo is C.Durandii. Jan Fopma is the Clematis on the centre right. At the bottom, C.Twinkle is looking very autumnal.


Still quite dry in the garden here in the Pacific Northwest.

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Six on Saturday: August 11, 2018

1. I received a bouquet last fall from a friend, a bouquet of Hydrangeas. They lasted in a vase of water for a very long time, way past Christmas.
After some time I realized that some were growing roots. I hadn’t even thought to try that! Eventually we tried potting up the strongest one, and come spring it was planted outside. It was a tiny thing and had perhaps 2 leaves. It sulked. I expected it to die, and ignored it.
Later, as summer started I noticed a bud forming between the leaves. It grew and grew and became a flower last week. So now I have a plant that is about 6-8 inches tall and most of it is the bloom. Crazy. I wonder what will become of it over the winter and next spring!

2. Do you know pineapple lilies? These two pots are growing from one plant received in a bouquet in the summer of 2008. Full sun for these!


3. I love Agastaches of many kinds, but this one is my favourite: Agastache rupestris with its fine blueish gray leaves. The scent is wonderful! Loves sun.

4. Kirengeshoma palmata is a wonderful part shade plant with maple like leaves. The bloom is from one to two inches long. Nice to have colour late in the summer!IMG_20180803_075630B.jpgKirengashoma

5. Tricyrtis first bloomed this week. Another great shade garden flower!IMG_20180810_094030b

6. Recent Clematis blooms in this addict’s garden.

See the bee inspecting Clematis Buckland Beauty?IMG_20180807_070907b

C. Kaiu winds about the Rhododendrons.IMG_20180807_070752b

C.Princess Kate has fewer blooms this year, but is very sweet.IMG_20180807_070421b

C. Blekitny Aniol (Blue Angel) got off to a slow start and lost a major stem. Finally she is blooming again. Our heatwave has not been a help!IMG_20180806_193715b

Mrs Tage Lundell is in her first year here.

Clematis Yukikomachi is lovely. She grows in a Cornus Mas tree, but this year was hiding. I found her only bloom this week!IMG_20180805_175410b.jpgYukikomachi

C. Mikelite is a long blooming beauty.IMG_20180803_081941b.jpgMikelite

C.Joe Zary has a few late summer blooms, even in our extreme heat.IMG_20180803_080355b.jpgJoeZary

Clematis Gravetye Beauty is blooming on new growth at this time. This photo shows her quite red.  She is less bright and more of a burgundy in my yard.IMG_20180803_081239b

Clematis x triternata ‘Rubromarginata’.IMG_20180810_183255b

A second bloom now for Clematis Pink Flamingo.

Clematis Pink Mink is still blooming through Thalictrum ‘splendide’.


Still a great deal to enjoy in the garden here in the Pacific Northwest.

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Adam visits and there are Projects!

Adam comes to visit once or twice each year. He manages to fix a few computer problems sometimes and the kids adore it because he does projects with them!
This time Ric got a new phone and lessons to help him get used to it. I received some small camera lenses to play with. Lots of fun!

Ivy received a huge surprise gift, a camera. She practiced using it a bit in the garden and learned about focus, foreground, background. Today she will get a lesson with the local photography teacher who is taking a walk with other children to practice taking pictures. Should be fun!  Ivy also got some one-on-one time building things with her electronics kit: a musical doorbell was one of several.experiments.

I photographed the two together with the new camera.
Leo was really excited to get to learn about Edison, a robot that he programmed with Adam, using bar codes from a computer printout. The robot learned to detect obstructions in its path, could be activated by clapping ,  would follow a flashlight as well as follow a path laid out by him with electrical tape.  The robot was on loan as it will be used for instructing children in Chiapas, Mexico. It also works with Lego pieces we are told.

Not to be left out …Forrest got some one-on-one time too, playing computer skills games on the XO laptop. He also was served the largest bowl of mint chip ice cream you can imagine! He could hardly believe it – but he certainly managed to eat it all!


Later we enjoyed a family night and everyone got to play and eat dessert.

As usual, the trip seemed short! Then off he went to Vancouver and then San Francisco.


Six on Saturday: August 4, 2018

It has cooled down somewhat, but the anxiety about fires is high as the total fire ban is in effect here. The berries seem to be enjoying this type of weather and now that temperatures are bearable, I may be making a blackberry Claffoutis in the next day or two.

1. Blackberries in our backyard.

2. I am enjoying watching this fern grow. We moved it in the spring as it was hidden beneath a shrub.  I think it should survive well. I don’t know anything about it, but I looked it up and I believe it is a “spleenwort”.IMG_20180803_081339b

3. This vignette is made up of variegated Comfrey, Agapanthus and MonardaIMG_20180803_080533b.jpgComfreyEtc

4. I am very fond of Agastache, and this Agastache rupestris has a wonderful scent! It is known as threadleaf giant hyssop or licorice mint. Lovely gray/green foliage too.IMG_20180803_074655b

5. Last year I found this Origanum laevigatum and really enjoyed it. This section of it seems rather short, but others are taller. We shall see how it looks later this month…IMG_20180803_073808b.jpgOriganum-laeviatum

6. Anemonopsis macrophyllum is a favourite of mine. You likely remember me praising its virtues before! It has lovely low foliage, tall black stems with small anemone-like downward facing flowers. It grows near Astrantias here, and the faded blooms combine nicely with the pale pink flowers I think. To see the blooms, the photographer needs to lie down on his back, pointing the camera upwards to find them!




I know, not a single Clematis this time!

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Six on Saturday: July 28, 2018

Another quick entry as we have company and busy times!

1. Our son is visiting. He brought our 9 year old granddaughter a camera and she is super excited to use it and has been practicing a lot this morning! I took their photo together with it.
He also brought me a couple of toys. One is a clip-on macro lens for my phone. I started playing with it last night.  It is a simple gadget that seems to only have one focal length.

(a seed pod from a Dictamnus plant)


A close up of Clematis Tie Dye

2. A second toy is a fish-eye lens and this is all I have achieved so far in the back yard.




3. In the garden my white Thalictrum delavayii is in bloom. I finally found this plant last fall after years of being without it.


I also found this tiny 6 inch tall variety which I hope to plant once the heat subsides.



4. This pineapple lily has survived since 2008 and increased in volume. It brings back fond memories.



5. The temperatures have been debilitating for me…and so we spent time buying and installing shades to keep the sun tamed inside our house.



6. Which brings us to a few clematis.

Tie Dye



Princess Kate



a mystery that I am very fond of..



Mrs T Lundell


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Six on Saturday: July 21, 2018

The garden is moving along, but it needs lots of watering and weeding. We have one more day of cool weather tomorrow, then the heat returns. We have total fire bans on the island, so the scary time has begun.

1. I only brought a few Echinaceas to this home four years ago. I knew there would be very few sunny spots.



2. Last year I found a source for white Thalictrum delavayii. These are the first blooms. I must water this area frequently because tree roots rob all the water.



3. This is a semi-sun area where Rodgersia, Astilbe and Astrantia bloom.



4. Thalictrum splendide surrounds this Clematis Pink Mink.



5. Variegated Comfrey is a great backdrop for my Agapanthus. I’ve never tried either before, but both have returned and delight me.



6. OK, here goes, twelve more clematis!


Pink Pride

Betty Corning





Venosa Violacea



Tie Dye


Jan Fopma


Purpurea Plena Elegans with Hagelby White


This swetheart has no name… and just might be my very favourite.


This is Princess Kate, just coming into bloom at last!


This is Clematis Walenburg in our Japanese Maple.


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Six on Saturday: July 15, 2018

  1. July is full of surprises. This is a real surprise for a Canadian! My artichoke from last year returned and was very tall on the day of our garden tour. Yesterday one flower came into bloom – that fabulous blue colour I have anticipated for years after seeing them as a child in southern France and in Italty.  It is so tall that I had a hard time photographing it from a window…



2. Another surprise is this Meconopsis which is new…and which produced a white bloom. I was of course expecting blue, but am delighted to have a white one! I hope it survives our winter.



3. These lovely spikes are called Linaria. I used to grow L.Canon Went in Ontario which was a pale pink. Here I discovered the “purpurea” version which is lovely and rather like a weed, appearing where it wishes! It has bluish foliage which I like.



4. This is the Phlomis I ordered a few years ago. I expected the yellow version, but no, I received this grayish pink form. I like it a lot and this year it returned in over double last year’s size.



5. This tiny Hosta is part of the “Mouse” series. I needed a few new smallish ones for a strange partly shady area.


6. And then this week’s Clematis! People often spend ages choosing which plants to grow near each other by considering their size, colour,  period of bloom, and pruning group. But then someone once suggested to me that you never go wrong if you mix colours from the same pruning group while blind folded. That’s pretty much what happened here after our move. The tags were lost or confused in this case…but I love the result.


These are new blooming Clematis from this week, their first blooms ever.

On the left is C.Pirko, on the right C.Marmori.


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Six on Saturday: July 7, 2018

This is Saturday already? NO! I am early it seems! July too? Yes, I got that right! Oh my, time flies. What a week it was! Dog grooming for Phoebe the Bouvier des Flandres, Baby sitting grandchildren (always one at a time!), doctor appointments, a friend’s birthday party,  and sadly – though not a surprise – the death of my brother in law.

This week’s six will be a mix I think.

  1. Do you recognize this bloom? It is the flower of an eggplant that was given to me by a friend. It is grown in a container and is doing quite well so far.  I love the flowers, but I also love eggplant. I make an eggplant spaghetti sauce with kalamata olives that we love. When we lived in Nigeria, eggplant was called “garden egg”.


2.  This is another pot grown plant. Ornamental Oregano. I thought it should grow in a container because it tends to hang over the edges which I find attractive. So far, no hanging though… Perhaps when we have less rain and more sun this will happen?


3. Last year we worked on a Hydrangea area of the garden. Things are progressing well. There are buds on the Plum Passion variety now. It has dark coloured leaves. Here are some others.

A new plant called Hydrangea Chinensis, which arrived as a stick 2 years ago, now has its first (and only) bloom.

 Hydrangea Quickfire is already beginning to turn pink.


4. Other pink/white flowers are in bloom as well:
A self seeded Astrantia

A very tall mystery Thalictrum

5. Some plants with blue are also showing off.

Anemone Wild Swan (front and back)

Corydalis elata with a huge RodgersiaIMG_20180702_091717b.jpgCorydalisElata

6. Which brings us to clematis…of course! There are many in bloom now, but here is a small selection.

On the left is C. Perle d’Azur. On the right, C. Venosa Violacea.

These are frilly, twisted and bell shaped varieties.

Top left is C.Tentel, with its first bloom ever.
Below it is C.Twinkle, a small variety that has blue hints if you check carefully.
Top right is C.Betty Corning, which tends to be huge, except in my case, where it grows in shade, climbing up a Rosebud tree.
The next Clematis is C.Pagoda, a wonderful pink variety. New to the garden last year.
The small , almost white bells are C.Kaiu. In fact they have pale pink tones. They climb through a Rhododendron here.
And then last,  C. Buckland Beauty, which grows against an arbor.

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Six on Saturday: June 30th, 2018




2. Things overheard on our garden tour:

1. Not all your clematis are large and showy…but are still very beautiful. People tossed about words like tiny, delicate and bell-shaped.
2. Why have I never seen these plants before?
3. You have mixed native plants with perennials and I like it!
4. What do you feed your hostas?


3. Plant names from the garden tour at our place: the top 10…of OH So many!

1. Thalictrum splendide
2. Arisaema candidissimum
3. Podophyllum Spotty Dotty
4. Katsura Red Fox
5. Clematis Florida Sieboldii
6. Gillenia trifoliata
7. Cercis Forest Pansy
8. Saint John’s Wort
9. Astrantia (pictured below with Astilbe)
10. Amsonia hubrichtii


4. Favourite plant Stories:

1.The stages of the Skeleton Plant (
2. How is a Florida Dogwood different from a Kousa Dogwood? (…/)


5. Several of the visitors took photographs of our bench and potting table. I think there are carpenters in the group!


6. So glad we got you talking about plants…even in the rain!

Clematis Mrs Harvey with Blue Delphinium


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