Last week, Diana from Elephant’s Eye, wanted to know, if you could pick one tree, what would it be? Although, I love trees and could certainly think of a dozen off the top of my head, that I MUST have, Cornus kousa is my favourite.
I planted this tree, which was also my mum’s fav, when she passed away a few years ago. And I waited, and I waited for it to flower. It looked healthy, and it certainly grew, but no flowers.
Until last year. When I arrived back in Canada in April, I noticed what appeared to be flower buds on the Cornus. Could this be its year? I watched all of May as the buds swelled, and I could clearly distinguish the leaf buds from, yay, flower buds. But, boo, I was leaving to go back to Barbados the end of May. It would not bloom until June.
Luckily, 2 lovely ladies came to my rescue. First, Carol, from Gardening Tips and Pics, took some photos of my garden in mid June, and there it was, a bloom on the Cornus.
Still greenish, it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. So when my neighbour, e-mailed me some photos of the garden,
including a closeup of the now white Cornus, I was ecstatic. And I asked her to go back and take a photo of the whole tree,
I wanted to count just how many blooms were on it.
Yay, there are so many, I couldn’t count them all, so excited.
If you would like to read about Carol’s first visit to Kilbourne Grove (and see a photo of me), you can here.