I did not think that I’d have another six interesting observations to pass along for a third week in row, but I found that I do. Before I give my six for today, though, I want to pass along a provocative coincidence. At this past week’s Master Gardener meeting, a friend showed me two camellias that look exactly like two in one of my photos from last week. Her Candy Cane Camellia japonica had produced some red and pinkish-red blooms the same as mine had (https://aftereden.blog/2019/03/30/six-on-saturday-30-march-2019/). I am not sure what to conclude about this, so on to the first of six for this Saturday.
1. Doublefile Viburnum (Viburnum plicatum var.) cannot be surpassed for spring show. Its horizontal branching pattern with flat topped blooms in double rows, (hence double file) surprises me every year with its beauty. It also surprises me with its added growth. It is not the first shrub that I planted, and will not likely be the last one that I will plant, in a place too small for its mature development.
2. Forest Pansy Redbud (Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’) can give the doublefile viburnum a run for visual spectacle, though. The bright blooms on the nearly bare silver twisted branches are soon punctuated with immature heart-shaped purple leaves that are just as bright. The leaves will eventually turn to a deep maroon tinged green as the season moves on.
3. Serviceberry (Amelanchie arborea) is a small tree that produces these delicate blooms that develop into edible small fruits that the birds usually get to before I do. When I do harvest a few, they are good with yogurt or vanilla ice cream!
4. Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens) has jumped the bed this spring and made a lovely display carpet of white and green. There is not much more I have to say about this other than that what you see below is half in the lawn. But I am not inclined to cut it back at the moment.
5. Rose Campion (Lychnis coronaria) has also jumped the bed as it always does, and I am fully inclined to eliminate some of it. The deep pink flowers when they bloom are attractive, but the plant is entirely undisciplined.
6. Mouse Ears Hostas are charming. Given the shape of their leaves, it is easy to see where their names come from. The two in this pot are Hosta ‘Frosted Mouse Ears’ and Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ with tiny pointed and elongated leaves of ‘Little Devil’ peeking out from under the blue mouse ears. These hostas stay small, although the blue mouse ears will get a little larger, but certainly not out grow this 10 inch pot.
Again, I encourage my After Eden gardener followers to give Six on Saturday a try. Guidelines are easy to follow: https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/six-on-saturday-a-participant-guide/