This spring I’m taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather to try my hand at forcing shrubs and trees into bloom (see previous post). This arrangement started with prunings from Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ aka Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick and a white Spirea that I’ve been told is called ‘Bridal Veil’ but have not been able to confirm.
Since my second-hand vase is so large, I decided to fill in with sprout prunings from my flowering crabapple, also an unknown Malus ‘X’. These are hard to see in the picture because they aren’t open yet but appear as dark pink pendulous clusters.
I still felt that more color and textural contrast was needed so I went shopping at my local big box store for tulips. The store didn’t have any tulips on sale so I bought 10 Alstromeria stems @$5.88. The Spirea has been blooming for a couple of days and I’m still waiting for the crabapple blossoms to open. I think it turned into quite the impressive bouquet, considering my floral arranging skills are also a Work In Progress.
Perhaps these pictures do better justice to the leaflets.
After 20 years I finally noticed the newly emerging leaves of this tree; they are so dainty for such a large tree. It is Quercus palustris aka Pin Oak.
These began blooming today: The yellow flower is Erythronium americanum aka Dogtooth Violet or Trout Lily; the mottled foliage belongs to the Erythronium. The white flower is Bloodroot, aka Sanguinaria canadensis; the lobed leaves, upper right are Bloodroot’s. It has a wonderfully bloody root – great for Halloween.
Seems time to restart this blog since finally, after the long winter (not over yet – might still get snow) a smattering of bulbs have bloomed.
The Galanthus were first up, in mid-March.
Then the Crocus started to bloom during the first week of April. This is two weeks later than I’ve previously recorded their bloom. But it must have been tough to get through the heavy Easter snows.
The first week of April the crocus looked great but now are all gone:( They can take the cold so what happened? I wonder if the warmth, 73 degrees, of last Tuesday was too much for them? Or could it be that as I raked the oak leaves off of them I damaged them somehow?
These crocus usually bloom for at least three weeks and I miss them already and now have to wait for another year. Happily some daffodils are ready to pop!
Week of August 27, 2007
Annuals: Allysum, Impatiens, Cosmos, Cleome, Angelonia, Salvia, NG Impatiens, Zinnias, Heliotrope
Perennials: Phlox, Rosa (but the Japanese Beetles get most), Veronica, Daylily (sporadic), Coreopsis, Gaura, Geranium (sporadic), Hydrangea, Knautia (sporadic, I cut it back), Verbena bonariensis, Kniphofia/torch lily (done mostly, one coming), Salvia, Rudbeckia, Sedum spectabiles, Perennial Ageratum, Hebe (or Heather?), Clematis.
Bulbs: Gladiolus (corm)
Blooming the week of July 29, 2007:
Annuals: Allysum, Hollyhock, Impatiens, Cosmos, Cleome, Angelonia, Salvia, NG Impatiens, Zinnias.
Perennials: Phlox, Balloon/Platycodon, Rosa (but the Japanese Beetles get most), Veronica, Daylily (mostly done), Coreopsis, Gaura, Geranium (mostly done), Hosta, Hydrangea, Knautia, Verbena bonariensis, Kniphofia/torch lily, Daisy, Salvia, Rudbeckia, White Obedience Plant, Kansas Gay Feather.
Bulbs: Gladiolus (corm)
My original idea was to keep track of what blooms and when. Then I can know what to expect in following years and to use this journal to help when purchasing plants in the future. Thus I can fill in those areas and times when color is lacking.
In that vein, for the week of July 14, 2007:
Annuals: Allysum, Hollyhock, Impatiens, Cosmos, Cleome, Angelonia, Salvia, NG Impatiens
Perennials: Phlox, Balloon/platycodon, Rosa, Veronica, Daylily, Coreopsis, Geranium, Hosta, Hydrangea Knautia, Verbena Bonariensis, Kniphofia/torch lily, Daisy, Salvia.
I didn’t list the different cultivars of each; if you want to know more about them then you must post to the blog or email me.