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End of March Blooms in SE Portland


It’s been a spectacular spring so far in SE Portland (all 8 days of it). Today was in the upper 60’s, sunny with a few white puffy clouds. The flowers, cherry blossoms, herbs and buds have been quite wonderful, too. Each day a new bloom is heading the show. Floral perfume wafts the streets. Bees are on the prowl for fresh nectar.

Daffodils, narcissus and paper whites are at their peak. Cherry blossoms are about their peak. Grape hyacinths burst out last week and now are stretching towards the sky.

Violets are done, as are snowdrops and chickweed. Last year this time I was harvesting violets, but today I found my favorite patches were all done.

I love looking at houses almost as much as I do gardens and plants. This one on SE 29th with the turret looked even more Victorian framed with the white flowering trees.

This year I discovered the delicate beauty of paper whites. I never recognized their flowers before, although I had seen pots of their bulbs given and received as holiday gifts. In February they were displayed in a large glass vase in the floral area at New Seasons, and I finagled the clerk to sell me a stem to use as a photo prop. Stick your nose in these if you get a chance, they have a very distinctive refreshing smell.

A decorative showy violet delphinium was growing in a patch of lavender. Delphiniums are in the Ranunculaceae or buttercup family along with Pasque flower (Anemone pulsatilla), Monk’s Hood  (Aconitum spp.), what grew up calling Honeysuckle and is mostly called Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis), Helleborus, Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), Black seed (Nigella damascena), and Black Cohosh (Actaea or Cimicifuga racemosa) among others.

Each Cherry Blossom seems to be a little bit different, a different stage of unfolding is taking place. Adds to the drama!

Fairy-like Grape Hyacinths. Growing right in front of my place.


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