Friday, April 18, 2008

And the Rest ...

Sorry for not identifying the plants sooner. We've been extremely busy lately with family matters as well as working in the garden.

Yoshino cherry. The Yoshino cherry and the weeping cherries have done a remarkable job this year blooming in huge swaths. The Kwanzan cherries bloom later but they seem equally full of buds this year so we expect a wonderful show form them as well.

Corylopsis spicata, winter hazel. We pruned this shrub heavily last fall only to realize the flowers are produced on older wood. We won't make that mistake again!

Some volunteer Johnny Jump ups cheerfully gracing our planting beds.

A Red flower form of Pieris japonica. I think it may be 'Valley Valentine' but I'll look at the tag and make the correct ID. I had never seen a red flowered pieris before but found it a difficult plant to place because the flowers seem quite gaudy in an early spring garden.

Corylopsis pauciflora. The flowers are smaller and fewer hence the name pauciflora for paucity (few, small amount). This is only a second year plant so it may be that the plant is still small but the flowers are tiny only about 3/8 x 5/8" long while the flowers of C. spicata are 3/4 x 3" or more. I also bought C. sinensis but unfortunately the plant died.

Several Japanese maple emerging leaves. The first photo is of Acer palmatum 'Katsura'. The second a nameless green japanese maple. Third is of A. palmatum 'Beni Kawa' and the last A. palmatum 'Sango Kaku'. The latter two of the coral bark family.


Blogger Jessica said...

gorgeous! Is that last photo 'sango kaku'?

8:05 AM  
Blogger kate smudges said...

It's wonderful to see so many blooms on an overcast, about-to-snow Saturday afternoon. The Pieris is lovely as are the yellow blossoming and the flowering tree.

And what a bounty of pansies you have as well.

12:13 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Jessica, You have a great eye. Yes the last photo is of Acer palmatum 'Sango kaku'. It is a wonderful small tree that I like better each season. Speaking of which it is a 4 season tree with the wonderful red bark in the winter which is especially nice contrasted against snow. Thanks for your comment.

Hi Kate,
Yikes still snowing there? We've had a spate of warm days into the 80's which is about 15 degrees warmer than normal. I hope winter leaves soon for you so we can see those wonderful spring flowers you have. Thank for stopping by.

6:45 PM  
Blogger joco said...

Hiya ki,

You make me want to try this Corylopsis spicata. So nice and airy. I have always thought that the C. willmottiae is too dense.

8:11 AM  

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