Friday, May 21, 2010
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Thursday, May 20, 2010
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010
This is going to be the year of the Hydrangea in our area (Washington, DC and environs) They're budded, they had a good winter and spring moisturewise, and we had no freezing days in March. This may not be the best year of all time, but it'll surely be up there.
Posted by ChrisU at 4:59 PM
On a fern? Flowers....they're all over flowers, but the fern, I don't get.....possibly just emerging. There doesn't seem to be anything broken or missing and the colors are perfect.
The particular plant that contributed this leaf is located where the path to the pond intersects Crabtree Road. It is budded heavily but not flowering yet. Others are scattered throughTout FV where their SE nativity makes them appropriate.
We saw Silverleaf hydrangea a lot on collecting trips in the mountains in Carolinas, Tennessee, and Alabama. Formerly considered a ssp of Hydrangea arborescens, it has a lacecap type inflorescence. The literature suggests that it can grow to 3M but I rarely saw a plant taller than I am.
Posted by ChrisU at 2:39 PM
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
'Colussus' was for sale at the FONA Spring Fair/Plant Sale. I think there were four of them and not all of them sold; Pat grabbed one afterwards for the Magnolia Collection. They (the plants at FONA) didn't look too good but they're Magnolias so they'll come around. If you bought one, congratulations!
The M. macrophylla flower is on the tree beside my front deck. Last year I was impressed by the size of the flowers and measured one at 21", noting the superabundance of rainfall. This year we've had generously adequate but not excessive rainfall and the flower only measured 17". This is still large compared to Dirr's "8 to 10 occasionally 14 inches).
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Monday, May 17, 2010
When lots were an acre and shrubs ran the periphery in back, these big guys, along with Lilacs, Weigelas, Forsythias, Deutzias, Quinces, the larger Spireas, and a handful of others were mainstays of the shrub border. There were dozens of cultivars, or more, of most of these plants. It's understandable why we don't grow them so much anymore but it's also nice to be able to still see them in Public Gardens.
Posted by ChrisU at 4:19 PM
Some people just "see" better than other people. Of course I've got horrible vision, but if I had the same eyesight as Michael or Pat, I don't think I'd begin to see the things they do. They find a lot of curiosities in the gardens and many of them end up as pictures here. Michael showed me the bugs cavorting on milkweed by the FV Entrance that became my favorite picture of 2009. And other things I can't remember. I vaguely remember reading a long essay/short book by Aldous Huxley: The Art of Seeing. Amidst the nonsense were some interesting ideas about how we "perceive". I know when I meet a new plant or a new mushroom or bird or whatever, with each individual I come upon, it becomes easier and easier to spot them so that occasionally, after hours of looking and not seeing, the species in question turns out to be everywhere. Here's my question though, how do you see things you've never seen before?
Posted by ChrisU at 4:02 PM
Sunday, May 16, 2010
There are 6 different plants in the planting; two were in 3 gallon pots, Morella cerifera 'Don's Dwarf', and Panicum virgatum 'Northwind', and the Troop rented an auger to speed up planting. The others were planted as landscape plugs. A battery operated hand drill with a bulb auger aided this part of the planting, though and old-fashioned manual bulb planter worked well for the shallower plugs.
This is the last picture I took because, well the plugs are so small you can't even see them but I'll be watching it closely and as soon as the top planting fills in, I'll post some nice pictures. It was a windy day, witness the lean of the Panicum. Originally the Panicum was to have gone in as landscape plugs, but since they weren't available we, by which I mean Susan Fugate, went with the larger plants. I like it...immediate gratification. It will be interesting, to me anyway, to monitor the Waxmyrtle cultivar 'Don's Dwarf'. The Southern Waxmyrtle is a good evergreen for tough sites (hot, dry, sunny, poor soil) and I think it would be nice to have this selection available at retail nurseries in the Washington area.
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