OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD - MAY 23RD, 2019

In enumerating spring-blooming trees and shrubs in this space recently,  how on earth could I forget to give mention to Fothergilla ( no common name) and Exochorda (Pearlbush)? Both are at their blooming best right now.

Fothergilla sports creamy white bottlebrush - like flowers at branch ends long before leaves emerge and have a faint honey-like scent.  Flowers are attractive for a couple of weeks.

Poor Pearlbush. For 50 1/2 weeks of the year it maintains a rather obscure position in the landscape, not especially showy in outline or leaf.  But for a brief shining moment in late May, boy, does Pearlbush take center stage.  Glistening white pearl-like buds up and down every stem followed by charming daisy-like flowers transform the dowdy old maid into a stellar beauty.

Neither of these shrubs have gained the attention I think they deserve.  Well-worth looking for.

I guess it's high time to start weeding - if only the rains would cease long enough to allow us time in the garden.  We remember this time of the year the millions and millions of seeds Maple and Elms pawned off on us last fall.  A week ago Elms germinated, followed by Maples bothering us this week.  We could start a nursery.  Garlic Mustard is abloom now - best to knock it out before it goes to seed or you'll be sorry.



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Well, don’t these days remind you of fall?  Time to retire the shorts and flip flops?  Given the rainy pattern we’ve been caught in the middle of, even those hoses coiled up quietly waiting for their next gig seem oddly out of place.  I’d be inclined to leave them at the ready a bit longer, though.  And the lawn mower as well – my heavens, have you ever seen such a year for mowing - every third day it seems.  And didn’t garden weeds give us a run for our money this year – was a tussle trying to keep them from going to seed.  Oxalis and Chickweed seemed unusually pesky.

We’re enjoying late color in the gardens.  Dahlias are providing generous colorful bouquets. Love to see the butterflies enjoying them too. Monkshoods are happily spreading their welcome blue throughout the rear of the garden.  Pure white Japanese Anemones glow long into the evening.  Late – blooming Snakeroots scent the air with their sweet, grape jelly-like fragrance.  Hardy Hibiscus, rising above their garden compatriots, shine rosy red from afar.  A Phlox, unusually generous with its bloom, has been the Fashionably Early series, one a pearly white lavender the other a pink.  They’ve showered us with bloom all summer and are still adding dashes of color.  Glossy green foliage is relatively disease free and as they are remarkably short and compact, are easily tucked in to nooks and crannies. Autumn crocus have popped up with their perky, pink bloom reminding the gardener that it’s high time to be thinking about planting spring blooming bulbs. 

Enjoy the crisp, clear days of fall.  Don’t give up on the garden just yet – its dusky colors and blowsy textures hold a special allure, don’t you think? 

 

 

Well, don’t these days remind you of fall?  Time to retire the shorts and flip flops?  Given the rainy pattern we’ve been caught in the middle of, even those hoses coiled up quietly waiting for their next gig seem oddly out of place.  I’d be inclined to leave them at the ready a bit longer, though.  And the lawn mower as well – my heavens, have you ever seen such a year for mowing - every third day it seems.  And didn’t garden weeds give us a run for our money this year – was a tussle trying to keep them from going to seed.  Oxalis and Chickweed seemed unusually pesky.

We’re enjoying late color in the gardens.  Dahlias are providing generous colorful bouquets. Love to see the butterflies enjoying them too. Monkshoods are happily spreading their welcome blue throughout the rear of the garden.  Pure white Japanese Anemones glow long into the evening.  Late – blooming Snakeroots scent the air with their sweet, grape jelly-like fragrance.  Hardy Hibiscus, rising above their garden compatriots, shine rosy red from afar.  A Phlox, unusually generous with its bloom, has been the Fashionably Early series, one a pearly white lavender the other a pink.  They’ve showered us with bloom all summer and are still adding dashes of color.  Glossy green foliage is relatively disease free and as they are remarkably short and compact, are easily tucked in to nooks and crannies. Autumn crocus have popped up with their perky, pink bloom reminding the gardener that it’s high time to be thinking about planting spring blooming bulbs. 

Enjoy the crisp, clear days of fall.  Don’t give up on the garden just yet – its dusky colors and blowsy textures hold a special allure, don’t you think? 

 
 

Well, don’t these days remind you of fall?  Time to retire the shorts and flip flops?  Given the rainy pattern we’ve been caught in the middle of, even those hoses coiled up quietly waiting for their next gig seem oddly out of place.  I’d be inclined to leave them at the ready a bit longer, though.  And the lawn mower as well – my heavens, have you ever seen such a year for mowing - every third day it seems.  And didn’t garden weeds give us a run for our money this year – was a tussle trying to keep them from going to seed.  Oxalis and Chickweed seemed unusually pesky.

We’re enjoying late color in the gardens.  Dahlias are providing generous colorful bouquets. Love to see the butterflies enjoying them too. Monkshoods are happily spreading their welcome blue throughout the rear of the garden.  Pure white Japanese Anemones glow long into the evening.  Late – blooming Snakeroots scent the air with their sweet, grape jelly-like fragrance.  Hardy Hibiscus, rising above their garden compatriots, shine rosy red from afar.  A Phlox, unusually generous with its bloom, has been the Fashionably Early series, one a pearly white lavender the other a pink.  They’ve showered us with bloom all summer and are still adding dashes of color.  Glossy green foliage is relatively disease free and as they are remarkably short and compact, are easily tucked in to nooks and crannies. Autumn crocus have popped up with their perky, pink bloom reminding the gardener that it’s high time to be thinking about planting spring blooming bulbs. 

Enjoy the crisp, clear days of fall.  Don’t give up on the garden just yet – its dusky colors and blowsy textures hold a special allure, don't you think?  

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