A Pictorial Walk at the Nursery to See What is Blooming
If you want to see my garden, see the post, Monthly Weather Calendar – March 2012, or see Last Rays of the Day for a early evening view yesterday. The bulbs and Hellebores are still blooming and not much has changed, so I decided to shake up my GBBD with a trip to the Farm. The image above is the Weeping Cherry by the house with a view towards the Koi pond.
Prunus subhirtella pendula
In the landscape, flowering trees play second fiddle to shade trees that provide framing, shade and structure to the landscape. But you can not beat flowering trees to provide powerful interest that only a few shade trees can compare when they are in bloom. Cherry trees, like all flowering trees, must fit into the landscape.
Honestly, the weeping cherry is a tree that is so often mistakenly sited. Homeowners purchase this tree as a cute flowering, barely beyond a whip of a plant and place it right up against the house in a shallow foundation bed. Pick a variety of plant that suits the conditions because no tree is going to be happy in that three-foot wide foundation bed.
First, decide a suitable location before you select the kind or variety to be used, making sure to fit it into the landscape rather than simply placing it in a conveniently open spot. The same goes with ponds. Location matters, not just where it might be the most accessible or the prettiest for you to view. Ponds are living breathing landscape features and proper siting plays into their success.
The pond and fish are just waking up for the season. Daffodils are blooming in the rear of the photo.
The red maples are just waking as well. These trees get large and rank high as superb shade trees. Great varieties are October Glory, Autumn Flame, Red Sunset, Crimson Sentry, Celebration, and Crimson King.
The specimen tree, Acer palmatum, growing smaller and slower, includes, Bloodgood, Dissectum atropurpureum, Crimson Queen, Shidare, Katsura, and a host of other fine Japanese Maples. You can almost always find a place for them, but careful siting is in order. They do not like harsh wind or bright sun, preferring protected east to south-east locations to avoid NW winter winds.
The native range of the red maple, Acer rubrum.
The long path, and this is in the direction of the doe deer pens.
Young pears in bloom.
Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’
Bigger pears off to retail nurseries and huge landscape jobs. The pear is a wonderful flowering tree, loved by bees, but it does have a lot of negative press. They are deep-rooted, grow fast and can be invasive in some areas.
Did you know the Callery pear is programmed to keep its leaves and color long into winter? It originates from southern China, where as the days get shorter, colder temperatures don’t arrive as quickly as they do here. Researchers are working on tweaking its seasonal adjustment to our climate, and also are tying to create pears that can produce flowers, but not the seeds or fruit.
It has been identified that the origin of invasive pear populations has “been linked to cross pollinations between genetically differing ornamental pear cultivars” planted nearby. Also add “the parent- age from sprouting Callery rootstock”, and a whole new group of viable hybrid Callery pear seedlings are possible. Pear cultivars such as ‘Bradford’, ‘Aristocrat’, or ‘Redspire’ are considered self-sterile, meaning that they need another of their kind planted nearby, but with so many pears planted in municipalities, the likelihood of viable offspring increases and multiplies. The pollinations between differing ornamental contemporary pears has produced offspring that reverted back to the thorny pears from previous times. But, they are still a highly requested landscape tree and their four season beauty is the reason why.
If the rows are not tilled, the dandelions quickly populate. This row will be getting a haircut by the brush hog or tractor. You can see from this image that the farm is really huge. The forest you see in the background is at the end of the post.
Aren’t Chestnut trees pretty in Spring? I think this one is Aesculus x carnea ‘Fort McNair’. I will see when it blooms.
In the woods on the farm, looking up at all the native trees, oaks, poplars, and maples.
Our area has been getting little rain, but this is a marshy area in the woods. It remains wet most of the time.
Join Carol at May Dreams Gardens for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day. Always a fun time blog hopping the world.
Happy April 15th to all!