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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A Few New Flowers

I spent Saturday careening around the Washington countryside again with Peter The Outlaw Gardener, going to a nursery, then the sale at Heronswood, then another nursery, and another...

But first thing on Saturday morning I made a quick round of the garden, looking for any new flowers since Bloom Day. There were a few.

The comfrey beside my compost pile is flowering much pinker than it did last year, when it was in the raised bed.

Thalictrum 'Black Stockings'

I love the spots inside foxglove flowers

Pink Lupine


Saxifrage 'London Pride'

Arum "Jack Sprat' with airy Saxifrage flowers

I almost missed seeing my Arum 'Jack Sprat' flower. The spathe is speckled like the leaves, and it was facing away from the path, so it looked like just another leaf.

This Ceanothus in the gravel garden has doubled in size since it was planted last spring

Spanish lavender and the golden foliage of Tanacetum parthenium 'Aureum'

Dianthus 'Pop Star'

Variegated sage in the gravel garden has also doubled in size since last year

I turn many of my pots without holes upside down so they don't fill with water, but they still add a nice textural element to the garden.

Ah well, time to haul my butt to Tacoma, and then Heronswood...


  1. I have a plant that looks the same as your comfrey but with purple flowers, it must be borage..I always confuse the two, the bees love it.

    The dianthus remind me so much of my many yards had it and I loved the spicy aroma.

    Have a lovely 'wet' Tuesday. xo

  2. Your flowers are looking marvelous! Love the spider in your last picture! I had a marvelous time on Saturday!

  3. Thanks for the views of what is going on there now, Alison. Your garden is so lush and full of variety!


  4. Some nice flowers there Alison! I do have an extra soft spot for the sprays of mossy saxifrage blooms :)

  5. Hi!! I know this is an old post, but I found your blog via GBBD, and saw your post about 'Jack Sprat' and on my way to seeing that picture I saw your pink lupine! I started my first lupines from seed this year, and I was wondering what growing conditions they prefer, and how big a single plant will get? My seeds are doing really well, but I don't know where to plant them. I was thinking about putting them in a few different spots to see what works best, but I would greatly appreciate some guidance on what they like. It might spare me a few lupine fatalities.

    Thank you for your help!!

    1. Thanks for your reply on my blog!!

      I've never really seen lupines, but the seed packs looked pretty, so I bought two packs. Your information helps me decide where to put them.

      Have fun at your plant swap this weekend!!


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