Melanie's Blog

My Spring Garden

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  After a long hard winter, I notice many plants suffering...especially the trees. Luckily, all of ours have survived except one ( a fruiting Cherry :( ) but we did not loose our Eastern Redbud! I will refrain from using botanical names as I think common names are more easily understood.

I love the Redbud for many reasons...it is native, has a beautiful shrubby, wide form,  large heart shapes leaves, and every year when it is in gorgeous bloom; that is when our hummingbirds return! Even though it bloomed 3 weeks late this year , it was the first time we spotted a hummingbird. I guess nature just knows. The bees love this tree in bloom too!

 

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Other spring plants I love are: the species Tulip ( truly perennial, unlike it's hybrid cousins),

 

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grape hyacin ( spreads and is low care)

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and the Pagoda Dogwood(for it's cool puckered leaves) also a native and late spring flowering. Spring is hard on the bees and others dependant on nectar, it is important to have spring bloom.

 

 fred.jpg We have so much wildlife here in our 50' x 150' lot in suburbia. It is truly amazing what native trees and plants can bring!

Comments (2)

Gee, you're really sweet. Hey, a living fence is a great idea! I guess most people would probably call it a hedge though, but this would be a very economical way to do it. There is a method of pruning/tying called "espalier" that would work for it as well, as another option. Look it up if you have the chance.

Melanie replied to TeriFromTheGreenhouse | July 22, 2009 at 7:37 PM

Melanie! I LOVE the Willow Fort!! We HAVE to talk about this pruning and sticking cuttings into the ground! I have heard that there is such think as a "living fence" and the same method applies.. I thought it was impossible but clearly not! You're a GENIUS!

TeriFromTheGreenhouse | July 21, 2009 at 7:33 PM
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