When I decided I wanted an allee at Kilbourne Grove, I had a very difficult decision to make. What tree would the allee consist of? Sleepless nights were spent dreaming about what it could be, I asked for your help, many suggestions I received. But in the end, the decision became clear. If you are looking for a good all season shrub or tree, look no further than the Serviceberry or Amelanchier.
These are not the finest pictures I could have shown you, but it rained most of the weekend at Kilbourne Grove. Finally cleared up late in the afternoon, and I dashed around taking some photographs.
I am glad that I took these of the Serviceberry Allee. Last weekend when we were up, they were in bud, this past weekend, the flowers were not only open, but starting to shed a bit. I am sure by the time we arrive up on Saturday, they will be mostly finished.
A lot of people prefer some longevity in their flowers, but ephemeral does not bother me. The very first time I brought home a Phalaenopsis orchid for work, I got a bit annoyed at how long it lasted. I felt it might as well have been plastic, for all the attention I paid it after the first couple of weeks.
No, I prefer change. My background of hedges and trees can stay the same, but anything that is flowering, I want it to do something. This is probably why I do not grow too many annuals.
Although the flowers do not last very long on the serviceberry, it is a lovely tree/shrub for all seasons. The new leaves are a coppery colour, you can just make that out in the photograph. In summer the attractive leaves flutter in the breeze and all kinds of birds swoop in for the feeding frenzy on the berries. It is a blaze of colour in the fall, as well as graceful in the winter.
You might notice that I have 4 trees on one side and only one on the other, a very strange sort of allee. Relax, I am going to purchase more this fall, I could only fit so many in the car at one time.
I am very pleased with the look of the allee, even in its first season.