Spring is my busiest time in the garden. Planning new areas, planting new plants and getting on top of the weeds feels like a lot. Last week I planted 7 new trees and several shrubs which, for any of you who live on the so called soil of Delaware County will know, is not an easy task in our rocky environment. One hole took me two, yes two hours to dig out, one enormous rock after another. Eventually, and very happily, I was able to plant my prized Magnolia Elizabeth – a pale yellow flowering tree that has been on my wish list for years. It is a hybrid of the cucumber tree magnolia hybridized at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.
The gentle spring we have had so far means my garden smells amazing. I have four Magnolia Stellatas around the house and it feels like I’m in a perfume factory. My wife took some beautiful shots of the tree in flower.
The other star in the garden is Fothergilla Gardenii- a small handsome shrub with white green flowers.
We painted an old metal bench and put it on the hillside among the daffodils and I planted 3 Stephanadra incise ‘Crispa’ around it which will eventually grow large enough to completely encompass the bench.
We have frost warnings for tonight with temperatures in the low 20’s. My apple trees have sensibly not flowered yet, but the plum, cherry, and pear trees are all in flower and will get zapped I’m afraid.
I wrapped the two magnolias that have yet to flower – let’s see if it works!