Posts tagged Cercis canadensis

On to May…

Now after that short break to show you Kilbourne Grove from the air, we will continue on the ground.

I took lots and lots and lots of photos, don’t want to forget a thing,

From my redbud flowering again this year, yay, (shall have to limb it up a bit)…

to my favourite euphorbias flowering. These have seeded everywhere in the garden, but I love them so much, I can’t bear to pull them out.

The red Ohio buckeye, Aesculus Pavia, has twice as many flowers on it this year,

love how the stems match the flower colour.

My favourite camassia. leichtlinii, need to divide it and spread the love.

Another camassia, this one is quamash. I have read the native Americans used to dig the bulbs and use them for food.

Fothergilla just starting to flower,

My mothers tree peony also starting to flower,

love this shot, I am now using it as a screen saver.

The Serviceberry Allee,

with the serviceberry or Amelanchiers just starting to flower.

And a new hellebore, “Amber Gem”,

I think planting it beside some chartreuse and chocolate foliage will make the colour pop even more.

Just so I do not bore you too much, I will show you the last half of May next time.

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Dream Weaver

I envy anyone who has the ability to make beautiful tapestries under their trees and shrubs. I am fine when it is in the regular part of my garden, but now that some of my trees (like my Cercis) are starting to mature, I am struggling with painting a beautiful picture under them.

When I was visiting Marion Jarvies garden in May, I found some stunning combinations that I am hoping to copy.

From a distance,

 

and up close and personal.

You can see that it is not the rarest or newest plants, just a lovely mix of hostas, ferns, grasses etc. But it is the combination of colours and textures that makes it so special.

 Some of the plants I have already, so there will be a bit of plant moving this autumn, can’t wait.

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Old Stumpy

Look at this poor thing,

 hasn’t he taken a lot of abuse from me, and of course, Mother Nature, herself.  He was one of the first trees I planted at Kilbourne Grove, way back in 2007.

Cercis canadensis

This is the first photo I have of him flowering, May 2009. By this is a blast from the past, look at the Flora Glade, I haven’t even got the cedar hedge planted yet, or perhaps they are so small the weeds just tower over them.

He came through his first two winters beautifully, but the third was a bit hard on him. When he didn’t flower, I was worried, but when he didn’t leaf out, I was very worried.

Finally he started developing leaf buds, but they were from the main trunk, and quite low down. The leaf buds turned into long whippy branches, but the leader did nothing. So I finally cut it out. The next summer, those long branches, just got longer and longer, they were practically touching the ground, and it was showing no sign off branching, so I decided to take the ends off, in hopes that it would force some of the dormant leaf buds to spring into action.

This spring

 

 I finally got some flowers for the first time in a few years,

 and  hopefully soon you won’t be able to see the place where the amputation took place.

But if you are looking for it, follow the line of the garage from the top of the wheel barrow to the Cercis, this is the spot!

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A Perfect View

This, in my humble opinion, is a perfect view. I could look at this spot forever. Wish it was outside my kitchen window instead of the Deliverance house, I would be happy to wash dishes forever.

It is at the Toronto Botanical Gardens, nestled in between the buildings.

Cercis canadensis ‘Covey’.

Cercis canadensis, both red and alba, along with narcissus and a beautiful waterfall.

I believe this Acer is ‘Waterfall’, perfect in form and name here.

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Spring at the TBG

I have been at the Toronto Botanical Gardene twice this past week. The first time was Tuesday night, when I attended a lecture by Marion Jarvie with my friends Barry Parker and David Leeman. And the second time, this past Sunday, when ORGS (Ontario Rock Garden  and Hardy Plant Society) had its annual plant sale. So I made sure to get out in the garden both times to take some photos, giving myself some inspiration and hopefully you.

You walk through the woodland garden to get to the main building.

 

 I believe these are insect habitats, quite beautiful.

They are adding new bike racks at the TBG,

nice to see a botanical theme.

I planted these in my garden last year,

 

Leucojum

 

 but mine have not started flowering yet.

Obviously I need a lot more.

A great underplanting idea for a specimen tree,

ajuga and amemone blanda.

A couple of plant combinations I liked.

The formal garden is looking quite lovely.

I think this is tulipa sylvestris.

Must have!

And Acer shiraswanum ‘Aureum’, I bought one last year, lovely underplanting.

I love redbuds, mine should be in flower soon. And I actually have a couple of seedlings, a group like this would look lovely on the berm.

Next time, I will show you my absolute favourite spot…

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So Sad, (But also Glad)

I’m bittersweet, (my feelings that is).

One of my first kids was a Cercis canadensis.

I have had him for three years now, every year he is more glorious than the last.

May came, and yet no blooms. “Odd” I thought.

But then no leaves, he just sat there, looking dead.

But then finally, something started to happen.

 The leaf buds started swelling, (I was very worried).

But wait, what was this, they were coming from the trunk, not the branches.

I am glad (sorry) to learn that I am not the only one. Linda from Each Little World, had the same problem with her Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’. At least mine, is the old cheap one!.

In her post, Linda recommends waiting until after the fourth of July to see how much growth will come back.

Being a true Canadian, I thought I would pick Canada Day, July 1st.

Here is how he looked:

You can see how much new growth there is.

I gave him a prune.

Ahhh, a haircut makes all the difference.

If you would like to see how Linda’s Cercis turned out, please visit her here.

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