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.






16 comments:

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    1. Thank you Denise. Glad to see you again, although I do follow your fabulous boards on Pinterest.

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  2. Glad to see you are back....love all the additional trees.

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    1. Thanks Donna. Over the past year they all seem to be doing quite well. I am looking forward to seeing them in the spring all leafed out.

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  3. Hello from Virginia....!! (I'm channeling Adele here ;o)) So glad you're back. I had crabapple trees when I lived in upstate NY and loved them. Such a beautiful tree. :o)

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    1. Hi, so glad to hear from you. I have been keeping up with your blog and see how busy you are. Watch this post for future crab apple envy.

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  4. Hi Patty,
    I hope you will also do some of your historical posts. You are the only one who does these and I love them.
    We have a striped maple that seems to be doing OK, which surprises me as it is supposed to grow in acidic soil and it is planted on limestone (although I added a bit of peat moss).
    I the field around the house there are hundred of volunteer apple trees (I a not exaggerating here). Yet, most of the crap apples I have bought have not done all that well. That is a mystery. With all these apple trees doing beautifully, you would think crab apples would prosper.

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    1. Hi Alain,
      I would be happy to do more historical posts.If you have some suggestions I would be thrilled, it gives me an idea of what interests other people.
      My understanding of apple trees is that they self seed and hybridize freely between one another. I read somewhere something interesting about Johnny Appleseed somewhere (he is an American fellow famous for selling apples up and down a river in the US) I will have to look that up and maybe post on it.

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  5. Yes, darn rabbits. Currently, they are "trimming" my Dwarf Lilacs and have consumed most of my Hydrangea in the back garden. Glad to see you're back. You've added some excellent trees--I'll look forward to your future posts!

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  6. My condolences. They can be quite voracious eaters. They like my oakleaf hydrangeas too.

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  7. Patty girl hello there ! Glad to see you back and what a great post because I am such a tree fan .. I would have so many more if I could squeeze them in. I am really interested in your choice of crab apple tree .. they are so pretty in the Spring.
    Can you ever have too many trees ? haha ... I know some one will say yes to that but I can dream can't I ? LOL
    I have had a visiting bunny too .. the weather has been hard on them .. it is hard to be mad at them when they are struggling to survive.
    Counting the days till Spring ... on with the posting !!
    Joy : )

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    1. So far I love my crab apple tree. And the serviceberry, and the pine :) We now have some snow cover so that will help them through our 'winter' this year.

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  8. I love that crabapple, the flowers are so sweet! I'm a bit obsessed with crabapples after finding two native crabapples on our farm, but haven't seen any cultivars I liked as well as those until seeing this one.

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    1. Thanks Sweetbay!I am hoping that sugartyme will have a great spring. I love the pink buds opening to white.You are lucky to have native crabs. I imagine they are not as showy as the cultivars but then again I am sure they are lovely.

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  9. My Brachylaena ('coastal oak' altho it has nothng to do with oak trees) has leaves shiny green above and silver below. Flashes and sparkles when the Southeaster catches it.

    Third garden lucky. It is now planted where I can avoid the wind and admire it thru the window!

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    1. That tree sounds lovely. Third times a charm, we say.

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