Gardening Report — March 14

Last week­end the front bed with the cedars in it got new shrubs.

Con­tin­u­ing the theme of hap­py flow­er­ing shrubs and brood­ing conifers that we start­ed with the cedars and the (now gone) bud­dleias we’ve added more hap­py and more brooding.

the weeping cedar bed got shrubs
the weep­ing cedar bed got shrubs

Start­ing with the hap­py, a flow­er­ing cur­rant. I’ve seen this plant on both the lists of -plants that birds like- and the lists of -plants that deer don’t like-. We shall see. The shock­ing cerise of the flow­ers is a nice stun­ner — at the far edge of the bed.

Ribes sanguineum 'King Edward VII', King Edward VII flowering currant

flow­er­ing cur­rant, shock­ing cerise

And now a lit­tle gloom. Okay, maybe not so gloomy. This lit­tle White Cedar cul­ti­var has a love­ly fluffy, bun­ny look up close.

Chamaecyparis thyoides 'Heather Bun'

Heather Bun, what a ter­ri­ble name. 

Con­trast­ing nice­ly in form is this whip­cord West­ern Red Cedar. It’s an Iseli intro­duc­tion. I’m always hap­py to see that they’re still in busi­ness and still devel­op­ing  inter­est­ing plants.

Thujja plica 'Whipcord'/Whipcord Western Red Cedar

whip­cord west­ern red cedar

Also along the back of the bed there’s a white flow­er­ing quince. I know, I know, flow­er­ing quinces are sup­posed to be that red-orange col­or. But this one is so pret­ty… I also like how well the wrecked, stick-fig­ure angu­lar­i­ty of the this par­tic­u­lar one is already devel­oped. (I’ll plant one of the prop­er­ly col­ored ones down by the farm sign, I promise.)

Chaenomeles x superba 'Jet Trail'

flow­er­ing quince — Jet Trail

These creamy flower clus­ters were irresistible.

Chaenomeles x superba 'Jet Trail'

close up of the flower clusters

There are three of the­ses lit­tle red twig dog­woods. The var­ie­gat­ed leaves will con­trast nice­ly with the green wrinkly cur­rant leaves behind them.

Cornus alba 'Bailhalo', Ivory Halo dogwood

nice shrub dog­wood with ivory edges leaves

The oth­er gloomies. Two nice­ly col­ored conifers. The juniper in the front will have a pur­plish cast dur­ing the win­ter, the yew in the back will be some­what bronze. Both will head more toward full green in the summer.

Juniperus horizontalis 'Youngstown', Youngstown Andorra juniper and Taxus b. 'Repandens', Spreading English yew

just being to lose it’s win­ter purple

Now I just have to be patient. And dili­gent with the deer repellent.