It's been awhile since I've participated in Garden Bloggers Bloom Day but I hope you'll enjoy this very brief tour of my front garden.
I took these photos earlier today and they are of the upper section of my small frontyard garden. Spring is in full swing here in Portland, Oregon, though we've had some record-breaking heat over the last several days that I'll be happy to see the end of — makes it all go too fast. This is such a busy time of year for me as a garden designer that when it all unfolds so quickly, I'm afraid that I'll miss something!
Among my favorites in the garden right now are the ITOH peonies; I've got four magnificent plants in bloom right now. Pictured immediately below is Paeonia x 'Bartzella' with Allium 'Globemaster'. I'm also growing P. 'Kopper Kettle' and P. 'Keiko'. I'm trying to confirm the name of the fourth, the last photo included below. It looks a lot like Kopper Kettle, but I'm pretty sure that it's not. What do you think?
All of my allium varieties are in full bloom and lots of clematis too. I've never really thought of myself as a collector of clematis but I did an informal count of how many I have in my garden the other day and came up with about 28 plants. The first wave of bloom is well underway now and it's looking to be a wonderful blooming season for them. Pictured below are Clematis 'John Warren' clamboring through my red cutleaf Japanese maple and a close up of Clematis 'Evijohill' Josephine™ which is growing on the far fenceline.
Happy spring to you, wherever you garden!