Flower Count – day 4 – iris

I’m not spending much time outside today.  There’s a chilly wind.  It’s not raining, and for that, I’m grateful.  I’m also grateful to be washing dishes, believe it or not.  The hot, soapy water is warming my fingers.  Handy. The kitchen sink is also a handy place to stand & gaze out at the garden. … Continue reading Flower Count – day 4 – iris

Flower Count – day 3 – mahonia

It was early February when I ran across this burst of sunshine in Victoria. Mahonia is an evergreen shrub that boasts happy yellow flower clusters through winter. This particular specimen is certainly more showy than the local mahonia (Oregon grape) that grows in our yard. At this time of year the tall Oregon grape in our shrub border … Continue reading Flower Count – day 3 – mahonia

Flower Count – day 2 – bergenia

In some ways I should like bergenia more than I do.   It has good traits that usually rank high in my books. Evergreen Winter flowering Drought tolerant Low maintenance Inexpensive Hardy to zone 4 Shade tolerant I do celebrate the blooms when they arrive. This year I realised that the deer celebrate those blooms, … Continue reading Flower Count – day 2 – bergenia