These were planted four years ago now. A couple of things surprised me, the first is that they put on quite a lot of growth quickly. The second, is that my redbuds both have dead branches after winter. Minor branches for the most part. But it makes me wonder if this is normal.
The tiny new leaves of the redbuds are smaller than my thumb nail.
On another vein, I have managed to identify a viburnum that has been in the garden since we moved here. If I am wrong in my identification I would appreciate being made aware of the error. However I believe this is Viburnum lantana or the Wayfaring viburnum.
I looked up the definition of Wayfaring hoping to better understand the tree's behaviour, but it actually leaves me stumped. (Notice the puns!)
Wayfaring means going on a journey on foot. Another definition is a caprifoliaceous shrub, Viburnum lantana, of Europe and W Asia....So now I had to look up caprifoliaceous which means,
belonging to the Caprifoliaceae, the honeysuckle family of plants.
|V. lantana flowers|
In my garden this shrub does not wander or journey. It retains the same footprint it had more than ten years ago. Perhaps it behaves differently in your garden?
Last in my thoughts for today is the alternate leaf pagoda dogwood. We have had ups and downs with these beautiful shrubs. I blame racoons for breaking off the lead stems on this particular shrub which has left it somewhat lopsided.
We planted a second one beside the first only to have it die the first winter. So, not to give up that quickly I planted another. This second dogwood had some dieback this winter and we lost two main branches, but the rest of it looks healthy.
Then, last weekend hubby discovered two pagoda dogwoods growing in the far back of the garden. One is about a foot high and the other only inches.
As you can see hubby has over- protected the baby dogwood, however it should prevent us from stepping on it. How we ended up with these two additional dogwoods I can only guess; maybe birds excreting the seeds, maybe wishful thinking.