A gardening and birding blog

Oct 27, 2010

Goodbye, Shishigashira

I can't hide it any longer. My lovely shishigasira lion's head maple tree has died. Only the lower branches came back last year after a very cold and very wet winter, and this year those few branches didn't make it either. I had to admit it. The lovely five-foot tree was gone.

What happened? It was planted in a lower spot where a cottonwood stump had been removed, and it was surrounded by hardy ground cover. That meant that the pounds and pounds of snow that covered the roots just stayed there and flooded it with too much water in spring.  I read much later that the lion's head maple doesn't like it's feet to be kept wet.

I have the old photos of it, but now realize I planted it in the wrong place. It should also have had more sun.  

How many of you have had better success with these trees?

Apr 14, 2010

Yellow and Coral Spring Surprises

I hope the bees come soon so I'll have sour cherries this summer!

This young japonica or ornamental quince bush, chaenomeles speciosa, surprised me with multiple buds this spring. I took this at night with shaking hands, so must get a better picture when more of the coral buds open up.

This twiggy bush also gave more blooms this spring than last year. It's getting more sun this spring and should bloom all summer. Darn! I forgot the name!

Feb 22, 2010

Arts and Culture Commemorative Trophy

I'm honored to have a Commemorative Trophy from Raquel Crusoe, classical pianist and professor of music from Minas Gerais, Brazil, celebrating her blog's first anniversary and reaching 1,000 friends. Please check out her music videos and other artist performances on Raquel Crusoe - Arte e Cultura.

Queridos amigos !

Eu não poderia deixar passar em branco esse momento em que alcançamos a marca dos 1 000 amigos e leitores. Agradeço a Deus, nosso maior e melhor Amigo, por termos encontrado um ao outro.

Obrigada pela presença de vocês em nossa vida e nesta jornada em prol da Arte e Cultura. Por esta razão, para estarmos cada vez mais juntos, ofereço este Troféu Comemorativo para registrarmos este momento ímpar.

Ficarei muito feliz em vê-lo no espaço de cada um, espaço este que no dia a dia se transforma mais e mais em nosso.

Vocês valem Ouro !

Com muito carinho,

I used Google Translator to translate from Portuguese to English. Raquel thanks her followers with this trophy to honor Arts and Culture and the one year anniversary of her music blog.

Feb 5, 2010

Thinking Purple-Pink

Looking forward to more purple-pinks in the garden this summer. Right now it looks pretty white, with more snow expected! In the woods it's okay, but in my backyard? I'm imagining summer pinks!

Jan 19, 2010

Two Spots of Winter Color in the Snow

The Euonymous Wintercreeper bush above has kept its yellow-green leaves through the freezing temps and snow. It's labeled for zones 5-8.

The red berries of the Rockspray Cotoneaster have survived the winter and the birds, who also use the birdfeeders in the backyard and in the neighborhood to get food in winter.

No other bush or tree in the backyard have color, other than brown/black and white, and the dark green leaves of hardy rosebushes.

The pictures are foggy because of the weather and because i took them from inside the house,looking out through a glazed window!

Jan 13, 2010

Jan 10, 2010

Memories of Fall 2009: Color

The maple turned a lovely red in the fall and of course is leafless and  covered in snow now. In spring the leaves are a darker red and more purplish in the summer. I took pictures in November but never posted them. It seems like a good idea now in the middle of black and white winter!

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