That seems like a long time, I know that it can take 3 years but I'm not really an aficionado of growing things!
Sweet Shrub is the Genus Calycanthus. The picture doesn't do it justice. It blooms from early May to late June with profuse, wine red flowers that kind or resemble magnolia flowers. I guess some varieties are also very fragrant but I can't smell mine.What species is that in the second pic, Steve?
I can't enlarge the photo, but I'm going to guess that's a Weigela. I am trying to train some of those but they seem to have a mind of their qwn as to what they are going to look like.
The yard looks great, especially the roses. I have exactly one knock out rose that I have been able to keep alive. It just bloomed yesterday.Here are some pics I've taken this spring...
Earliest bloomer is this azalea, flowers with the forsythias (early April).
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Next, one of my two PJM varieties blooms (no pic, not exactly sure when, but late April or early May).
Next to bloom is a pair of azaleas in front of the house (there were six at one point), and one separate one of a different variety (we had six or eight of those), in front of the mini Rhododendrons (next to the oak stump). Also the second PJM, no good pic, but it's on the foreground here, closest to the water valve. The other PJM is in this pic, but had already bloomed. This was mid-May.
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Can't recall when the four mini Rhododendrons bloom. No pics of those in bloom.
Took these pics of the Knockout roses today (they started a week or two ago). The big Rhododendron pic is also from today, that just started to bloom.
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Not ready yet, daylillies, a hosta, a hydrangea and a hibiscus (we think that's what it is). None of those are really in great shape.
The fruit trees (apple, pear and something that doesn't ever bear fruit) are done blooming (and are barely alive due to fungus attacks). No pics of those this year.
Yes, I'm way overdue for weeding and refreshing the mulch...
That is a touching story about your Mom. I lost mine too soon years ago as well. But things are looking up, this could be some white trillium!Seeing all the 'Rhodies" here is a poignant reminder of my Mom. She's been gone some 43 years, struck down by breast cancer. Back then, the cure was worse than the disease...
But she left an interesting legacy: She was a sought-after Flower Show judge for an area of several hundred miles in any direction, and she was the first person I knew who was a Master Gardener. On Sundays, the whole family would go off on a ride, and often enough, we'd go to what we called "The Forest" (surrounding wild woodlands) and go tramping about; kids less careful than adults. Often, Mom would come home with some prize cuttings of native plants, most often Native Rhododendrons.
You can tell a Native Rhody from this part of the country from its palest of pale-pink blooms. They're also REALLY hardy. You can maim them all you want and they'll reward you with better shaping. They're also really hard to kill around here - I have poor Alpine-type soil and they just thrive.
It should be noted that back in those times, if you got caught digging up wild plants, there was literal heck to pay, with anyone from Game Inspectors to Sheriffs authorized to make the pinch. So she was careful to only do cuttings, with one or two very rare times of dividing a native plant and hiding the evidence in the trunk... She'd get starts going, then give them away to her Garden Club friends, who would complete cultivating them, make cuttings and more starts, once the young plants could take it... The young plants were sold to nurseries, providing an income for the Garden Club.
I have a Native Rhody next to the front door, in memory of my Mom. Who knows, it could be a descendent of one of her cuttings. Here's a closeup of what the bloom looks like.
One of Mom's favorite Rhodies was an early hybrid known as "Sapho". They have a deep purple center to a creamy-white bell. I have one by my back deck; the pic is a bit washed-out but you get the idea:
ggsteve, that purple bloom you have there looks like a Trillium. If the leaves are shaped the same as the flowers, then that's what you have. White ones are native to this area, but very wild and hard to find in the wild. Around here, they have to grow from windblown seed, although IIRC they're a tuber. They're also really easy to accidentally kill; the wild ones, anyway. I remember from a Wildlands class that I took once that if you see a Trillium, first leave it alone, then second, count yourself really lucky to have seen one. Pot of gold kind of thing.
Beautiful... like others have said sometimes letting them go "wild" seems to make them really blossomI have had a dark purple Rhododendron in the ground for about 10 years. During that entire time I could on one hand the number of blooms it has produced. That was until yesterday when she bloomed for the year, in my opinion the nicest looking of my broad leaf Rhodies.
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