Happy New Year and a Nod to 2015

After a wet and mostly warm December, the last few days have been crisp, cold and cloudless. The first morning of 2016 proved perfect for grabbing pictures of new snow on the Cascade and Olympics.


Morning view of the Olympic Mountains

The garden didn’t disappoint either.

Hellebore: January 1, 2016

Hellebore: January 1, 2016

Later this morning I decided to sort through my 2015 pictures and post a few.


Frosty Fragaria chiloensis and Kinnikinick : December, 31, 2015


Buds of Pink Crimson Flag enjoying the rain, November, 2015


Olive: Olea europaea ‘Arbequina,’ September, 2015

Hansa Rose

Rosa ‘Hansa’ July, 2015


June 2015


Campanula cultivar May, 2015

New buds on branch of red twig dogwood cultivar, Jan, 2015

New buds on branch of red twig dogwood cultivar Jan, 2015


May Day Around the Garden

Here in the Pacific Northwest sunny warm weather emerged following on the heals of a cooler wet April.  And like an overdue seedling patiently watched for any signs of life, the five day forecast icons on the Vashon weather page finally showed mostly round yellow suns through the weekend.  Temps approaching 80° are promised by Sunday.


So inspired, I set aside an hour in the early afternoon to wander around the garden with camera in hand aiming for a photo-montage-sort-of-blog post (as little commentary as possible, save for captions).

So, after a few days of editing the pix, here goes:

beach strawberries

Beach Strawberries (Fragaria chiloensis) – Washington State native


Oregon Iris and  Camas  bloom around Juncus, Foxglove, Sword Fern & Beach Strawberry in the Rain Garden


Single Cammasia quamash blooming with Lupine leaves as backdrop (Rain Garden detail)

Welsh poppies

Meconopsis cambrica –  Welsh Poppies naturalizing in the sunny gravel driveway


   Cerinthe major clump with Fragaria chiloensis (Beach Strawberry) in foreground

A alpina detail

        Aquilegia alpina  Alpine Columbine – European native

Welsh poppie volunteer

Volunteer Welsh Poppy with Milk Cans


Lewisia bench with plants just beginning to bloom

cotyledon hybrid montage

Lewisia cotyledon hybrid blooms

Lewisia tweedyi 'rosea from Fringe Nursery in Seattle

               Lewisia tweedyi ‘rosea from Fringe Nursery in Seattle