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April 2019 Bloom Day!

It's been a cold and wet start to spring in Northwest Oregon. Our winter felt mild, even warm at times..then February hit and we finally got chilled. The cool weather has lingered and the start of spring feels like the springs of my childhood here in Oregon. Cool, soggy and gray. Classic Pacific NW. 

The blooms have begun to emerge and with their cheerful color, my spirit rises. The currants are blooming. Bright pinks and yellows. Below is a hybrid 'King Edward VII'

Compare this bloom to our native red currants..

The hybrid is a touch brighter in color. I also find that the shape is more vase like than oversized shrub. Both attract the hummingbirds and in the end, that is what I care about. The overwintering Anna hummers love these plants. 

Also packing a pink punch, is lamprocapnos spectabilis 'Gold Heart'. I just love that pink and chartreuse color combo. 

I love this perennial so much I am growing six of them. The blooms just make me so damn happy, I can't get en…

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