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Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
May 1, 2013 8:54 AM CST
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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Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
May 1, 2013 9:03 AM CST
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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Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Herbs Dragonflies Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry
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Bonehead
May 1, 2013 9:38 AM CST
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.
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Herbs Dragonflies Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry
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Bonehead
May 1, 2013 9:41 AM CST
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.
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Herbs Dragonflies Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry
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Bonehead
May 1, 2013 9:50 AM CST
Couple of groundcovers are blooming:

Viola odorata (pretty, but I can't smell anything)
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And happy little Pink Panda strawberries

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Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
May 1, 2013 1:16 PM CST
Beautiful blooms Deb and Spring.
Name: Stephanie
Salem, OR (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Garden Ideas: Level 1
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kosk0025
May 2, 2013 7:57 AM CST
Lovely Deb and Spring!!!
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Name: Stephanie
Salem, OR (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Garden Ideas: Level 1
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kosk0025
May 3, 2013 7:57 AM CST
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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Name: Stephanie
Salem, OR (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Garden Ideas: Level 1
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kosk0025
May 3, 2013 8:40 AM CST
Viburnums in bloom around playhouse.
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Name: Jewell
South Puget Sound (Zone 7a)
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Jewell
May 3, 2013 10:07 PM CST
Got a few dwarf bearded iris last summer. Some new to me babiesThumb of 2013-05-04/Jewell/c10bb6balistic
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Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
May 3, 2013 10:10 PM CST
All are lovely!! I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
May 3, 2013 11:11 PM CST
Very pretty.
Name: Jewell
South Puget Sound (Zone 7a)
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Jewell
May 4, 2013 10:24 AM CST
Steph, I want that playhouse for my retreat Thumbs up
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
May 4, 2013 11:37 PM CST
I agree
Plants bring me peace and calm, more of what we all need Smiling
Name: Stephanie
Salem, OR (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Garden Ideas: Level 1
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kosk0025
May 5, 2013 8:47 AM CST
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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Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
May 5, 2013 9:11 AM CST
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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Name: Stephanie
Salem, OR (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Garden Ideas: Level 1
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kosk0025
May 5, 2013 9:20 AM CST
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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Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Herbs Dragonflies Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry
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Bonehead
May 5, 2013 11:22 AM CST
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.
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
Sempervivums Sedums Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Cactus and Succulents Container Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 1
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gg5
May 5, 2013 3:23 PM CST
Sad Rolling on the floor laughing
Plants bring me peace and calm, more of what we all need Smiling
Name: Jewell
South Puget Sound (Zone 7a)
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Jewell
May 5, 2013 4:06 PM CST
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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