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All Kinds of Action in the Garden

By John Markowski @jmarkowski0

Spring refuses to fully embrace itself so we continue to move at a snail's pace out in the garden.
The trees are leafing out, almost in fear.
Like Crataegus viridis (Hawthorn) 'Winter King':
All kinds of action in the garden
And Betula nigra (River Birch):
All kinds of action in the garden
Some of the deciduous shrubs have finally shown signs of life, like this Cornus sericea (Redtwig Dogwood):
All kinds of action in the garden
And Physocarpus (Ninebark) 'Diablo':
All kinds of action in the garden
A few perennials decided to finally make an appearance. Hello Cimicifuga (Bugbane) 'Pink Spire': All kinds of action in the garden
Peonies unfurling at their own steady pace:
All kinds of action in the garden
Now there has been some serious progress on other fronts. Viburnum carlesii 'Aurora' buds have turned full blown pink and look phenomenal: All kinds of action in the garden
All kinds of action in the garden
All kinds of action in the garden
Speaking of this Viburnum. I count today as its first day of having "interest" and it will continue to do provide such "interest" all the way into early November. If you do the math, that is almost seven months of interest. And that means it is fantastic 7/12 of the year. And that translates to a 58% "interest" rate which I might just calculate for every plant I own and add it to the plant spreadsheet.
Just thought you should know that.
While we are at it, let's enjoy the developing foliage of the Astilbes:
All kinds of action in the garden
And the buds on Fothergilla 'Mount Airy'
All kinds of action in the garden
All kinds of action in the garden
And finally, the tulips I've successfully grown in containers (hand pats back):
All kinds of action in the garden
Good stuff, right? Well now let's move over to the not so good or potentially not so good.
My Amelanchier (Serviceberry) 'Autumn Brilliance' is blooming:
All kinds of action in the garden
But from a larger view, eh:
All kinds of action in the garden
But more importantly, or more annoyingly, we have some serious bare legs:
All kinds of action in the garden
I understand that this is the nature of this tree, but this extreme? I need to work on this one in some way.
Do I worry about this? Tent caterpillars?
All kinds of action in the garden
I'm all for letting nature take its course, but not at the expense of my beloved Crabapple tree. More to come.
And finally, I am already regretting not strongly pruning the Salix (Dappled Willow) 'Hakuro Nishiki' in early spring. That awesome variegation is missing:
All kinds of action in the garden
All kinds of action in the garden
Look at the same shrub from only two years ago:
All kinds of action in the garden
Chalk it up to experience and a new task added to the 2015 ledger.

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