Saturday, November 15, 2008

November Garden Bloom Day

Garden bloggers are supposed to take pictures of the blossoms in their yards on the 15th of each month. This isn't really a garden blog (and I prefer foliage to blooms), but I recently rewrote the explanation for this blog so it could cover anything:

"This is a personal neighborhood photo blog about the areas surrounding Mid Beacon Hill in South Seattle, and about other things I see, like, and do."

So here are photos of plants in my Mid Beacon Hill yard on Bloom Day.

Royal purple smoke tree, genus name Cotinus.

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Viburnum, an evergreen. It would develop metallic blue berries if it ever got pollinated by a mate plant. I should get it one. I want everyone to be happy here.

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I should bring these succulents in for the winter, but I doubt that I will. They'll probably come back anyway.

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Raspberries in mid-November. I was surprised.

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A couple of Ceanothus "Julia Phelps" blooms.

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Ceanothus "Point Reyes."

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Some beautiful little sedum.

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Donkey tail Euphorbia.

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"Angelina," the most thuggish of all the sedums.

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Eucalyptus.

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I haven't weeded in months, and it shows.

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Beautyberry. (Callicarpia?)

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Rosemary.

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Speaking of plants, I went to a birthday party at a plant store last night.

First I drank aquavit at the Copper Gate in Ballard.

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Arthur told us about a funny YouTube video that I still haven't looked up yet. He told us to search for "judas priest shreds." It must be this.

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OK, anyway, the party was at the Palm Room on Ballard Avenue.

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They had lots of gorgeous air plants.

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And a big gray cat.

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We got there early, before anyone else. Except the man of the hour.

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We drank Sangiovese until midnight then went home.

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5 comments:

chuck b. said...

I always love your dark photography. It makes me feel warm and cozy.

One of my two Ceanothuses has flowers right now too. That's never happened before. I hope this doesn't mean it won't flower as much in the spring.

verification word is plianit

kerriec@ccsww.org said...

Your photos are stunning!

I don't have a garden of my own right now, but I work with a volunteer program that helps seniors keep up their yards and gardens, so for now that'll have to do. :) Right now, I'm trying to find a volunteer or two to work with an elderly woman living on Beacon Hill, near Jefferson Park. Her garden is just incredible, her life's work, really. But she's 83 years old, and can't do as much as she'd like to in her garden. Next time I visit her, I'll see if she'll let me take photos of her lovely garden!

litlnemo said...

Really nice pics. I love the one with the red leaves, and the second one of the succulents, where it just looks so darned alive.

LMM said...

Copper Gate- I use to live west of there- did it get remodeled and updated? Was it interesting or cool?

Will said...

Why is my chin always sticking out in photos? I am working on pulling my head in...