Sunday, February 22, 2009

Adonis amurensis

Adonis amurensis. I fell in love with this plant a couple of years ago from a picture. Now when I have it I do hope it likes my garden and conditions. Adonis amurensis blooms very early in spring and has the most gorgeous texture of leaves and flowers.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Jasminum polyanthum

Jasminum polyanthum, a little prelude to Spring. Wonderful fragrance! In the garden, Jasminum polyanthum can become a nuisance smothering everything on its way. It is a very vigorous evergreen but waiting for Spring I couldn't resist one as a temporally houseplant.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Monday, January 26, 2009

L.D. Braithwaite

Looking thru my picture albums and having some fun with the Photoshop. Rose L.D. Braithwaite, a beautiful crimson.

Friday, January 9, 2009

A Happy New Year!

Sake barrels at Dazaifu Shinto Shrine. I often wondered if they were full... apparently not according to the safety laws.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Fen Zhuang Lou 粉粧桜

China Rose Fen Zhuang Lou (粉粧桜, フェンツァンロ) still going strong in December.

Monday, December 29, 2008

'Dainty Bess' in December

I still have a few roses flowering here and there, a bonus at this time of the year. Dainty Bess,HT has most gorgeous buds.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


A little fall beauty, Safron Crocus, Crocus sativus.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

More Saxifraga fortunei

By now Saxifraga fortunei are almost all in bloom. Really pretty little flowers. More suitable for cooler climates but still hope to do better next year.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


A little new beauty, Daimonjisou (大文字草) (Saxifraga fortunei var. incisolobata) "Benibotan".

Monday, September 29, 2008


Managed to grow these from "Red Mix Seed". Lobelia cardinalis?

Saturday, September 27, 2008


Love Fuchsias! So many beauties out there! But this is the only Fuchsia cultivar that survives our hot and humid summers. Have had it for about 15 years.

Friday, September 26, 2008


It was going to be a picture of rose, Oklahoma... a beautiful and fragrant (!!!) HT. Well, somehow some Noritake China got in a way. ;)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Clematis florida 'Alba Plena'

Clematis florida 'Alba Plena' is not an easy plant to grow but when it finally blooms it is worth all the trouble. I have four plants that "wilt" suddenly especially on a hot day after the strong rain. Very common weather pattern here. Well, last couple of days I have been lucky: the blooms are still here. :)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Alps summer 2008

From Italian side, Mont Blanc ("White Mountain").

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Second flush

Some Clematis as Gravetye Beauty and Etoile Violette have nice second flush of blooms: these were trimmed back on June 27th.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Chojagahara's wetland

Chojagahara's wetland, Oita Prefecture.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Kuju Lavender

Lavender field in Kuju.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

DA & Fuchsia

DA "Pat Austin" and fuchsia from cutting. This is the only fuchsia that survives our hot and humid summers. Got the mother plants decades ago and this baby is less than one year old. Pat Austin beautiful in spite of the heat. One day combo...won't last longer because of the high temperatures.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Hot and humid

The garden is tired from heat and sauna effect. The blooms do not look the way they suppose to look. The colors are off and most of the flowers are spotted. However, there was one beauty blooming after the last rain. Cutting of C.Miss.Tokyo? Actually not sure.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

'Midget Blue'

Clematis 'Midget Blue' blooms again. Pretty petit flowers. Very compact plant, unusual in my garden where everything tends to get huge.

Sunday, June 29, 2008


Clematis 'Shirayukihime', I had to cut off the flower to take the picture. Most of the vines withered earlier in the season leaving two that have blooms high in the sky...

Friday, June 27, 2008


My gardening friend, there are a few around. Small lizard, tokage.

Sunday, June 22, 2008


'Entel-Tentel-Trikatrei-Uhtsi-Kaaru-Kommerei" Estonian nursery rhyme and used by Uno Kivistik to name some of his Clematis plants. My 'Entel' only seems to luck the color it is said to have...

Friday, June 20, 2008


Clematis "Aotearoa", very good violet-blue Clematis from New Zealand. Floriferous and does well in the shade.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Clematis Kaaru. I thought I lost it (and misplaced it) and here it is coming back stronger than ever.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Thursday, June 12, 2008

A ray of sun

Clematis 'Victoria'.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Rainy Season

...has begun! :( It will last for a month or more.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Clematis pitcheri

Two years ago I went for a meeting of JClS were I was given a tiny seedling of Clematis pitcheri. Two years later , the first bloom.

Friday, June 6, 2008

'Fond Memories'

The first bloom on Clematis 'Fond Memories'.

Sunday, June 1, 2008


I was in love with this Clematis from day one. I have had it for about 5 or 6 years. The most vigorous and has the most beautiful dark nodding blooms...I haven't found many people talking about Clematis 'Viola'....

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

'Mrs Cholmondeley'

Mrs Cholmondeley looks quite well from "back" as well. ;) This year blooms seem to be under control in size...I am not fond of "plates".

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Double Clematis

Probably Clematis "Proteus", not that I have ever bought or planted it. One of those life's mysteries. Has been blooming in my garden for number of years. Double, spectacular blooms on last year's vines.