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16 May 2009

Garden Colors

Filed under: Garden — Tags: , , , — Cat @ 10:06 pm

Saturday was one of those grey days when the sun never came out.  I decided to find some color in the garden instead.  Grey days are good for photography because there are no shadows.  Enjoy.

Pink Azalea

Red Azalea

The red azalea is in the shade so it is just starting to flower.  The white azalea is nearly finished as shown by this rather bruised flower:

White Azalea

White Azalea



My rhododendron is on the north wall and I rarely get to see it.  I do, however, see my neighbors from my kitchen window.  When the development was landscaped all the houses got the same plantings.  As that was over 30 years ago, most of the houses have their own now, which is why I chose to live here.  A few original trees and bushes still survive.  The azaleas and rhodys are an example.

Americans do not seem to like dandelions very much.  Probably because they have been brainwashed into thinking lawns should be a grass monoculture and dandelions do not respect this.  I probably annoy the neighborhood with my “weeds”, but they are pretty:



My garden needs more color from the end of tulips before the beginning of day lilies and irises.  This year was particularly poor as tulips came and went in such a hurry.  Pooh, on early heatwaves.  It is a good thing they flower at similar times as I always get irises and lilies confused; probably a manifestation of my dyslexia. I know which is which, I think.  At least I know day lilies and here are my first of the year.



For some reason, I only have blue irises.  As part of my “add mid-spring color to the garden” campaign, I will have get some other colors to plant this fall.



Columbines (Aquilegia spp.) add color but they are hidden in the shade under the tree so their color ends up being rather muted. You have to look for them. They have a huge color range, from white:

White Columbine

White Columbine

to pink:

Pink Columbine

Pink Columbine

to purple:

Purple Columbine

Purple Columbine

I also have red and blue, but their photos were not so good as the flowers are dropping already.

Color does not just come from flowers.  Look at the different greens I’ve got in my shade garden; golden spider wort, lily of the valley, violet leaves,  gray lambs ear; pale green sweet wormwood in the middle; all framed with dark green boxwood, in the back:

Greens in the Garden

Greens in the Garden

I also have red leaved plants.  This in one new plant from last year that survived the winter:



I love my garden.



  1. Beautiful! But I still don’t like the dandelions in my back yard; they have taken over half the lawn. I don’t love grass either, but the dandelions are hard to mow with a reel mower…they just bend over and pop back up.

    Comment by pdxknitterati — 17 May 2009 @ 12:02 am

  2. wow – great photos! you even make dandylions look extraordinary! Bravo!!!!

    Comment by Trish — 17 May 2009 @ 2:21 am

  3. PDX,

    I’ve seen dandelions pop up after riding mowers have gone over them. It must be an evolutionary change and why they survive so well.


    Yeah, I thought they deserved the same attention as the rest. And they are colorful.

    Comment by Cat — 17 May 2009 @ 8:12 pm

  4. nice flowers. among those that you have cited, i like the Purple Columbines best. they are so lovely.

    Comment by Valerie Silva — 18 May 2009 @ 2:24 am

  5. The yard looks great. Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by Lisa — 18 May 2009 @ 7:57 am

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