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Got Five Minutes?

OK, maybe ten. After seeing Marion Jarvies Salix integra ‘Hakuro-nishiki’ that she changed from a shrub into a tree earlier in the month, I got thinking, always dangerous. And on the very last evening at Kilbourne Grove, while Ian’s family was visiting so they could take us to the airport the next morning, EARLY (like leaving the house at 3:30 a.m., early)!  Sitting around having a glass of wine and staring at the Salix.

What did I do but get up and fetch my secateurs.

And started snipping.

I only had time to prune two before I had to break for dinner, and after dinner, and a couple of glasses of wine, well, there was no going back to the pruning.

But I got a sense of what they would look like, and look at all the new planting room there would be.

Now I can’t decide if five in a row would be interesting, or a mess, what do you think?


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Out of Control

I’m a bit scared, ok, I’m actually very scared.

I love, love the gardening section of the Telegraph. I used to actually buy it, even after I returned back to Canada, but I can’t bring myself to spend $30 dollars for a newspaper in Barbados. But I have been enjoying reading it on-line.  Bunny Guinness wrote a very interesting article about her abandoned garden (while she was at Chelsea). and what she found on her return. And that was only a matter of a few weeks.  I was going to be away from it for months.

Carol, from Gardening Tips and Pics was so very kind to send me some photos of my garden while I am away in Barbados.

 They really helped me feel less homesick for my garden, but I am noticing a lot of work for when I return in the fall.

 I had really wanted to prune my box balls, but spring was so late, they had not even started growing before I left, and it will be too late when I return. Next year, I shall have to extend my time into the first week of June, after all, I want to see and smell my peonies myself.

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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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