Posts Tagged ‘Euphorbia polychroma’


A rainy Monday. Still, there is plenty to see in the garden and after months and months of a blanket of snow, the sight of green growth is a gift to lift the spirit. The photograph above shows the view from the front door. The yellow-flowered bushy plant is Euphorbia polychroma or Cushion Spurge. It would have benefitted from a division this year, but at the time when the plant was an appropriate size, it was raining, raining, raining. Maybe in the fall. Or next year.


Part of the garden is sitting on the porch! I have a selection of plants waiting to be released from their pots. Some I just purchased this weekend while on a grocery shopping trip. It seems every major store from Walmart to Canadian Tire has a tempting selection of plants available right now, and of course, nurseries are also gearing up for their traditionally busiest weekend, the Victoria Day holiday.


Scattered throughout the garden, an assortment of tulips and daffodils are blooming gamely, but the rain is taking a toll on their pretty flowers.


It’s so satisfying to walk through the garden and see plants that were new last year looking strong and healthy. These two geraniums are Geraniium phaeum “Samobor” (right) and Geranium phaeum “Springtime”. They are starting to form buds and will be blooming soon.


The new roses that I wrote about last July have survived the winter and are putting out plenty of new growth.


And here is Persicaria polymorpha, Giant Fleeceflower, off to a good start. I planted it late in the season in 2009. It grew pretty well last year, but only achieved a modest height of about 3 feet. I hope that this summer it will come closer to meeting its potential of 6 to 7 feet tall.


All of the heucheras that I wrote about last year in a post entitled “Little Gems” are doing well. This one is Heuchera “Tiramisu”.


This Astrantia major “Sunningdale Variegated” (Masterwort) was new to the garden last year and is looking very striking this spring, with its splashy leaves. I may have to look into adding a few more of these interesting plants.


Sadly, not everything survived the ravages of winter. These twiggy remains are all there is to be seen of Gaura “Karalee Petite”, which last summer put on a gorgeous display.


I devoted the few sunny days we had last week to cleaning up an overgrown patch of hostas, part of the neglected former garden that I have slowly been working on rejuvenating since arriving at Willow House. I added a path of wood shavings, weeded around the many hosta spikes, and laid down a thick layer of mulch. It looks much better. To the upper right, you can see the “before” version of this woodland patch, still waiting to be attended to. Some of the plants on the porch are shade lovers that will be added to this garden when the weather allows.


In the riverside garden, the ostrich ferns are unfurling their fiddleheads. In the foreground are some heucheras, and to the left, geraniums. The touch of pink behind the ferns is a patch of bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis).


I wrote about bleeding heart last May in an entry titled “Old Fashioned“.


Edging the patch of bleeding heart is a little cluster of primroses (Primula ‘Pacific Giant’). I was delighted with how well they have done this spring. Their colours, pink and purple and yellow are startlingly brilliant on a gloomy day.

I’ll end today’s tour with this view of the Solomon’s Seal, just about to open the dainty little flowers that line its arching stems. Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum) is native to Ontario and makes a lovely spring-blooming garden plant. It is appreciated by hummingbirds and they can be seen moving along the row of dangling flowers, visiting each one in turn.


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Last weekend, we celebrated two birthdays. My eldest and youngest daughters were born four years less two days apart, so we had a joint celebration for the birthday girls. In the photos above are Seabrooke and Fiddlegirl blowing out their birthday cake candles. And of course, it was also Mother’s Day. It was wonderful to have the family together for the weekend. We had a delicious dinner, complete with fiddleheads from the farmer’s market. For dessert, Seabrooke made chocolate cupcakes, decorated as little gardens with marshmallow flowers.

Leading up to the weekend, the weather had been cool and rainy, but it cleared up for Saturday and Sunday, and Ponygirl took Ivory out for a ride. Seabrooke and Fiddlegirl both rode as youngsters, but haven’t been riding in quite a while. They enjoyed an opportunity to get back in the saddle and each had a turn on Ivory too.


The pleasant weekend weather continued into the week, and I spent each day getting as much gardening done as I could find the energy for. We have had a cool, wet spring, and consequently my gardening is well behind where I might usually be at this time of year. The weeds have had a good head start. Not fair! Friday was the last sunny day, and yesterday the cool, rainy weather returned. Today, the rain continues to fall and more of the same is in the forecast for the upcoming week. On the bright side, the garden has been coming along beautifully and there is much to enjoy, so long as you don’t mind doing so in the rain!


Euphorbia polychroma (Cushion Spurge)

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The May full moon is called the Flower Moon, in recognition of the rising abundance of flowers. I think the Green Moon might be a better name, as the world is never so tenderly, startlingly, brilliantly coloured as when Nature dresses herself in her new Spring Green. However, I took a walk around the garden to see what flowers are celebrating the full moon. The yellow daffodils and white bloodroot are winding down and new flowers are taking over the spotlight. The first lush deep-purple iris has opened. Old-fashioned bleeding heart, both traditional (Dicentra spectabillis) and white (D.s. forma alba) are nearing full bloom. Cushion spurge (Euphorbia polychroma) seems to be competing with the sun itself, with it’s brighter than bright yellow flowers. Woodland phlox (Phlox divaricata) is woven amongst the newly emerging hostas. Finally, the flowers on the graceful Smooth Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum) will be opening shortly, and not a moment too soon because I spotted the first Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubirs) of the season on Friday afternoon.



Old-fashioned Bleeding Heart

Old-fashioned Bleeding Heart

White Bleeding Heart

White Bleeding Heart

Cushion Spurge

Cushion Spurge

Woodland phlox

Woodland phlox

Smooth Solomon's Seal

Smooth Solomon's Seal

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