Sunday, January 17, 2016

One Year Later

Hello everyone. I have decided to return to this blog after more than a year. With luck there will be a few friends out there who will notice and visit me once again.

The past gardening year was pretty good for me. The highlights were the planting of five new trees to the property last spring. I have read from time to time very wise words that the gardener should be thinking about the placement of plants from inside the house, through the windows which you look at the various areas of your garden. I find this to be so true. It occurred to me last year that come spring time there is not much of interest to see when I look out the windows that face the street. After much hemming and hawing I decided on a crab apple tree, and eventually chose the cultivar SugarTyme. That turned out to be quite a lot of research as I want success. I chose SugarTyme crab apple because they claim it has very good resistance to scab, fire-blight, mildew and cedar apple rust. Its flower buds are pink which turn white when open. The blooms even have some scent which I can attest to. The fruit are small and red and persistent through winter although mine dried up by December and dropped. Hey, it is it's first year !

Near the crab apple tree I also planted a white pine given to me from a friend from her garden. Lucky for me it is a good sized tree already at five feet. 

You can even see the SugarTyme behind on the right.

In the garden area behind the house I planted (actually I should clarify - I am using "I" as "we" which means hubby had  a lot to do with planting these trees) a serviceberry tree, Amelanchier laevis 'Cumulus'. It is a bit narrower in form. Having seen it turn color this fall I feel confidant it will be a lovely tree for fall colour.

Here it is in May. I made a small bed around it with plants I expect I will have to eventually move. In the bed are two native leucothoe Girard's Rainbow which are variegated with pink and white on the leaves. Also are some foam flowers which are already  spreading beyond the bed boundaries, two kinds of Merrybells or uvularia, and campanula rotundiflora a native harebell. Finally a yellow rhododendron I lusted over called Capistrano. 

The last two trees are actually whips of Pennsylvania Striped Maple. I have always loved the bark of this tree which is green with white vertical striping. There is also a very choice red version, red bark with white striping, which is very hard to locate here. Unfortunately I have no photos for these two. And even more unfortunate is that the rabbits managed to take some bites from both while wearing tree collar protection. Darn those rabbits.

Over the next while I will show you some photos of the plantings for the last year, the good ones of course. Hope you will join me.