Today’s tour is less “Oh what a great combination” or “Wow, what a beautiful garden you’ve composed” or “I need to add that to my garden” and more “That’s a problem” or “Hmmm, interesting”.
I jumped the gun
If you recall, I complained in a recent post about the coloration of my Tsuga (Canadian hemlock) ‘Moon Frost’. The new growth was yellow and not bright white as advertised.
I should be smacked around for such a petty complaint and smacked around even more for my lack of patience. Check out ‘Moon Frost’ just a week and a half later.
That is what I’m talking about!
Lesson learned: Be patient and then be even more patient when it comes to plant development.
I’m a sucker
I’m totally enamored with the shrub Sorbaria sorbifolia ‘Sem’ (I’m such a pompous ass for calling it that, let’s go with False Spirea ‘Sem’). The foliage color and leaf shape gives it such a presence in my overly green garden.
I posted a similar photo on Instagram and a thoughtful “follower” warned me of its desire to sucker like a champ.
Wouldn’t you know it, it didn’t take very long to come to fruition.
I have two of these in an area where they can fill in to their heart’s content but I’ll have to see how it all looks once the suckering kicks into high gear.
I couldn’t “bare” to show you
I don’t know that I’ve ever referenced my Serviceberry ‘Autumn Brilliance’ in a blog post. That has been intentional since it has been a big disappointment ever since it was planted back in 2011.
Here it is today, very top heavy in terms of foliage.
A lot of bare branches …
And don’t get me started on the flowers (little impact), the berries (virtually none) and the fall color (leaves don’t last beyond September). It has been let down city.
But … there may be happiness on the horizon.
I just noticed today that it is producing new branches with actual leaves from its base. I don’t need this to look like a tree. I just want leaves and foliage.
Close but no cigar
For the past two years, I’ve seen major re-seeding of Penstemon ‘Husker Red’ in my garden. New plants are popping up everywhere in spring now that I’ve refrained from cutting off the flowers and allowing the seeds to spread. I found that the flowers took away from the real selling point of this perennial, the dark foliage, so I’d chop them off as soon as they emerged. I’ve since changed my mind realizing the bees love the flowers and who can deny bees pleasure.
Upon closer inspection, it’s clear that the new seedlings do not match up perfectly in terms of size, color and leaf shape with the parent ‘Husker Red’.
Below, the plant on the left is a new seedling and the one on the right is the original plant.
The seedling is taller, not as dark in color and the leaves are larger.
The “original” ‘Husker Red’.
My apple tree knowledge is rusty
I’ll need some time to research which rust this is, but the color terrifies me already. My apple trees are still juvenile but I don’t want to see them fail so soon.
That was fast
Exactly one year ago, I divided a bunch of Physostegia (Obedient plant) ‘Vivid’ and used it to fill in a bare area of the garden.
Mission accomplished quickly, check out the front of this bed.
If at first you succeed, do that same thing again.
This hurts. How did we get here?
Always thinking and planning
I was shocked to find this one Astilbe alive and well. I planted three of them last summer and allowed them to burn to a crisp. I gave up hope this spring only to discover this gift this morning.
Light bulb moment: since there is only this one Astilbe and I have room in this newly developing shade container. Hmm.
More is good
One theme of my garden planning this spring has been massing plants where I can. With a large garden, massing is necessary to keep things in balance and to maximize impact. With that in mind, I bunched all of my Lady’s Mantle together and I’m thrilled with the results.
The supply is running out
I’ve been cutting peony blooms at a rapid pace this past week so they can be enjoyed indoors and not droop to the ground with our excessive rain. I’ve supplied my wife with endless flowers that she is proudly displaying at her place of work. To say that her co-workers have … wait for it … wait for it … wait for it … peony envy is an understatement.
Unfortunately, that supply is dwindling.
Do I have to?
Dividing an ornamental grass is no easy task, but it is time to do so with my Miscanthus ‘Morning Light’. The centers of all three grasses are empty …
… and they all look spent and in need of some rejuvenation.
Understanding my priorities
Our insane dog gets loose at least once a week. When she does so she is gone for like 45 minutes and we have no chance of catching her. She eventually returns soaking wet, bleeding from her eyelids and covered in ticks. Fun.
We do our best to track her down to ensure she isn’t running in traffic or starting a brawl with the local coyotes.
Today I just want you all to know that I willingly ran over an ornamental grass in order to quickly initiate the hunt this past week via car.
I know my priorities.
She’ll bounce back.
The grass that is.