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May 1, 2013 8:54 AM CST
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
I'm still getting some light frosts in the morning, but things are starting to pop. I think those April showers did indeed bring May flowers.

Darmera peltata (elephant toes)

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May 1, 2013 9:03 AM CST
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
Hydrangeas Photo Contest Winner 2018 Garden Photography Region: Pacific Northwest Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Forum moderator
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That's a cool plant. Must Google that. Big Grin We had a light frost last night. I thought it was getting cold last night when I was out with the dogs. I put a heater in my pop up greenhouse last night, never had to do that before. The sun is out today!! Hurray! Hurray!
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Sempervivum for Sale
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May 1, 2013 9:38 AM CST
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
Crab apples are just now opening, love the color.

I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
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May 1, 2013 9:41 AM CST
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
All my fruit trees are in bloom as well - pear, cherry, plum - this is my 'Sam' cherry, delicious
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I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
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May 1, 2013 9:50 AM CST
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
Couple of groundcovers are blooming:

Viola odorata (pretty, but I can't smell anything)
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And happy little Pink Panda strawberries
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
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May 1, 2013 1:16 PM CST
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
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Beautiful blooms Deb and Spring.
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May 2, 2013 7:57 AM CST
Name: Stephanie
Salem, OR (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Garden Ideas: Level 1
Lovely Deb and Spring!!!
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May 3, 2013 7:57 AM CST
Name: Stephanie
Salem, OR (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Garden Ideas: Level 1
So much blooming in the yard now. I'll try and get more pics early tomorrow morning or in the evening hours.

For now, there is Wisteria! I took this pic standing at my front door, facing outward. This is the view from the rooms at the front of the house. I love it.
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May 3, 2013 8:40 AM CST
Name: Stephanie
Salem, OR (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Garden Ideas: Level 1
Viburnums in bloom around playhouse.
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May 3, 2013 10:07 PM CST
Name: Jewell
South Puget Sound (Zone 7a)
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Got a few dwarf bearded iris last summer. Some new to me babiesThumb of 2013-05-04/Jewell/c10bb6balistic
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May 3, 2013 10:10 PM CST
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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All are lovely!! I tip my hat to you.
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May 3, 2013 11:11 PM CST
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
Morning Glories Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants Butterflies Garden Photography
Very pretty.
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May 4, 2013 10:24 AM CST
Name: Jewell
South Puget Sound (Zone 7a)
Cottage Gardener Dragonflies Ferns Hellebores Permaculture Region: Pacific Northwest
Ponds
Steph, I want that playhouse for my retreat Thumbs up
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May 4, 2013 11:37 PM CST
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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I agree
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May 5, 2013 8:47 AM CST
Name: Stephanie
Salem, OR (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Garden Ideas: Level 1
Ok, the hot dry weather is getting a little ridiculous for this time of year. I'm scrambling to get all of my watering systems up and going. 90 degrees today. Some things in my yard are blooming a full 2-3 weeks earlier than last year---columbine, lavender, tree peony to name a few.

Here's a pic I took yesterday: Camassia at a local park (Bush Pasture Park in Salem).
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May 5, 2013 9:11 AM CST
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
Sempervivums Sedums Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Cactus and Succulents Container Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 1
Garden Art Birds Dog Lover Cat Lover Region: Pacific Northwest Hummingbirder
Pretty!! Stephanie, I know suddenly we're in mid summer! I'm house sitting here for a month and the owners said "don't worry about the yard or outdoor plants the rain will water them!" hmmm - don't think so! Blinking Whistling
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May 5, 2013 9:20 AM CST
Name: Stephanie
Salem, OR (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Garden Ideas: Level 1
Next rain in forecast here is just "showers" and isn't until May 12! The ground is already bone dry and hard, and I lost one plant in a container yesterday that I forgot to water. (A double tiered tree rose, a painful loss. It is fried. I was so busy watering everything else, I forgot about it.) I have 21 irrigation zones plus an additional 10 faucets with timers and drip systems. Adding a couple more this year. Every year, I have to make a lot of time consuming small repairs to get everything going again. Almost done. But probably another full day of work left for today to tweak everything.
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May 5, 2013 11:22 AM CST
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
I don't often appreciate how fortunate I am to not worry about irrigation zones -- I remember visiting with my sister in eastern Washington and she was drooling over some sort of water system doo-dah at the pipe store as I tugged at her to go look at the plant rack outside...

That said, I did lose some plants last fall when we had that dry spell in Aug-Sept and I never even thought to water until some newer plants just withered up and died. Oopsie.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
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May 5, 2013 3:23 PM CST
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
Sempervivums Sedums Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Cactus and Succulents Container Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 1
Garden Art Birds Dog Lover Cat Lover Region: Pacific Northwest Hummingbirder
Sad Rolling on the floor laughing
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May 5, 2013 4:06 PM CST
Name: Jewell
South Puget Sound (Zone 7a)
Cottage Gardener Dragonflies Ferns Hellebores Permaculture Region: Pacific Northwest
Ponds
Here in Oly we are 6 inches below average in rainfall. Humidity must also be lower than normal too, since pots and fish ponds keep needing water. Really enjoying the sunshine today though. Rolling my eyes.

Stephanie, that is an impressive watering system. It is a wonderful time saver Thumbs up The camassia makes a beautiful meadow, and that wisteria is a show stopper. Thumbs up

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