Spring refuses to fully embrace itself so we continue to move at a snail’s pace out in the garden. But the plants are finally revealing their emerging foliage, almost out of fear.
Like Crataegus viridis (Hawthorn) ‘Winter King’:
And Betula nigra (River Birch):
Some of the deciduous shrubs have finally shown emerging foliage, like this Cornus sericea (Redtwig Dogwood):
And Physocarpus (Ninebark) ‘Diablo’:
A few perennials decided to finally make an appearance. Hello Cimicifuga (Bugbane) ‘Pink Spire’:
Peonies unfurling at their own steady pace:
Now there has been some serious progress on other fronts. Viburnum carlesii ‘Aurora’ buds have turned full blown pink and look phenomenal:
Speaking of this Viburnum. I count today as its first day of having “interest” and it will continue to do provide such “interest” all the way into early November. If you do the math, that is almost seven months of interest. And that means it is fantastic 7/12 of the year. And that translates to a 58% “interest” rate which I might just calculate for every plant I own and add it to the plant spreadsheet.
Just thought you should know that.
While we are at it, let’s enjoy the emerging foliage of the Astilbes:
And the buds on Fothergilla ‘Mount Airy’
And finally, the tulips I’ve successfully grown in containers (hand pats back):
Good stuff, right? Well now let’s move over to the not so good or potentially not so good.
My Amelanchier (Serviceberry) ‘Autumn Brilliance’ is blooming:
But from a larger view, eh:
But more importantly, or more annoyingly, we have some serious bare legs:
I understand that this is the nature of this tree, but this extreme? I need to work on this one in some way.
Do I worry about this? Tent caterpillars?
I’m all for letting nature take its course, but not at the expense of my beloved Crabapple tree. More to come.
And finally, I am already regretting not strongly pruning the Salix (Dappled Willow) ‘Hakuro Nishiki’ in early spring. That awesome variegation is missing:
Look at the same shrub from only two years ago:
Chalk it up to experience and a new task added to the 2015 ledger.