In late May

The third cycle of dogwoods is now flowering, following natives (Cornus florida) the second week of April and hybrids in early May. The large flowered ‘Venus’ remains in bloom as leaves of Chinese dogwoods (Cornus kousa, below) are now obscured by flowers. All dogwoods are excellent choices, with the timing of flowers the primary consideration in choosing.

Happily, flowers of the pink flowered Chinese dogwood, ‘Satomi’ are mostly pink after weeks of cool temperatures. While the earlier flowering ‘Stellar Pink’ displayed no more than it’s typical slight blush of pink, I can count this as an unusual spring when ‘Satomi’ shows its true color. Unfortunately, lower branches of ‘Satomi’ have become too shaded, so the flowers are few and scattered.

The front walk is littered with leaves from the overhanging ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese maple that were damaged in the recent freezes. Leaves remain on several other maples, but these will also drop soon and in a few weeks the freeze will be forgotten. We are then likely to be concerned about heat or drought, neither of which will pose a serious threat.

While a number of terrestrial orchids (above) suffered some damage from the cold, most did not. All will be okay, but a few blooms were lost and some foliage is brown.

The lower half of the rear garden has been replanted with native shrubs and perennials that are tolerant of constantly moist soils that caused long established plantings to fail a few years ago. The first of Siberian (Iris sibirica, above) and Japanese irises (Iris ensata) planted in the damp ground are flowering.

In drier ground, a vigorous, yellow flowered baptisia makes quite a show. In an obviously ideal situation it grows taller and fuller that its blue flowered cousins in less sun.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Ed says:

    Will freeze damaged lacy maples grow new leaves after damaged leaves drop?

    1. Dave says:

      The initial growth in spring is by far the largest of the season, but there will be small amounts of growth into summer that should cover damaged leaves.

  2. tonytomeo says:

    Baptisia looks more like a lupine. Goodness, I wish I could get them to look like that here.

    1. Dave says:

      Yes, similar in appearance but with longer spires of flowers. Baptisia is tolerant of poor soils and other abuses, but it must have sun and blue flowered plants are slowly fading as they’re becoming more shaded. The yellow is ideally sited, for now.

      1. tonytomeo says:

        The native version does well here, but is not very pretty. I do not remember the name of it, but we know it as false indigo. I like to call it ‘baptista’, with a ‘t’ instead of the second ‘i’. I do not remember where I got that name from.

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