Corsair’s Cove, as the rest of the Pacific Northwest, is like Eden for flowers. Warmish wet winters and warmer dry summers mean that we can grow flowers three seasons a year. Because I’m all about simplicity (that is, fewer chores), I encourage native plants in my garden – these have evolved to be happy with the amount of rainfall in the winter and spring (lots) and the summer (none).
From white to pink to yellow, purple, orange…there’s a show from late January to late autumn, when the birds harvest the last purple Oregon grapes and red elderberries.
Here are some of my faves:
The lawn-cum-meadow at Mack Johanssen’s place at Corsair’s Cove is full of California poppies and pearly everlastings. They bloom longer there because it’s a little shadier and less dry than my front yard.
Did I mention that the native birds and bees love all these plants too? Chickadees, bushtits, juncoes, hummingbirds…all chatter, all year.
Colour me happy.