Tag: Gray Dogwood
Tardy Tidbits of Fall Color
Here we are in the second half of October and the normal fall color is still slow to set in. Most of the street trees are still green, but some of the Maples have turned orange and red.
On the Threshold of Summer 2
Yesterday we saw what the Front Garden had on offer at the beginning of July. Today we head to the shady back garden, under the dappled shade of Silver Maples and other mature trees.
Time for Cutting Back, Or Not
During late May and early June I spend a lot of time cutting back my perennials.
A Bit More Fall Color and a Spam Alert
There’s some decent fall color in our garden right now, though it’s an area I’ve identified for future improvement. This long, mild autumn has given us more time to enjoy the seasonal hues, though for some plants it may have delayed the arrival of fall color.
August Berries for the Birds
Late in August some of the birds begin to fatten themselves up for their fall journey. At the same time, berries of all kinds have begun to ripen. This, then, is a good time to take stock of what kind of garden buffet is on offer for our avian friends.
A Tale of Two Shrubs
Right now is the showiest time of the year for two very worthy but perhaps unspectacular shrubs: Gray Dogwood (Cornus racemosa) and Red Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa).
A Sucker Born Every Minute
It occurred to me recently that the phrase “there’s a sucker born every minute” could apply to gardening. After the leaves have fallen is a good time to prune. You can see the structure of the plant and new growth won’t emerge in response to your cuts. A big part of pruning in my garden …
Where Have All the Berries Gone?
Autumn is about fruit. Mists and mellow fruitfullness, as the poet said. In the garden, there’s fruit for people and fruit for the birds. I have lots of the latter. This year I noticed that lots of the fruit that is supposed to hang around so we can admire it for a while has been …
The Flowers of Mid-June
It’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day again, so let’s see which flowers are strutting their stuff at the Garden in a City. This is a great year for Salvia in our garden. Salvia nemerosa ‘May Night’ and ‘East Friesland’, along with S. x sylvestris ‘Blue Hill’ are making a long patch of mixed deep and light …
The Ripening Fruits of August
It seems a melancholy thing that summer is slipping away into fall. I especially regret seeing the daylight hours slowly shortening with each sunset. On the other hands, there are compensations for us and for the suburban wildlife around us. For people, there are plentiful peaches and tomatoes, cooler temperatures, fewer mosquitos (or at least …