|Cladrastis kentukea blooming over Phlox pilosa 'Eco Happy Traveler' and Baptisia 'Purple Smoke'|
Well, I couldn't proclaim it "The Year of Blooming Woodies." That would give people the wrong idea. In any event, it seems after last year's disappointment and drought, the woody plants are putting forth a valiant effort to make it up to me, and succeeding. While the yellowwood tree (Cladrastis kentukea above) bloomed very well last year, I was lead to believe that these trees bloom profusely every other year, which would have made this the lame-o year. Au contraire. I wish you could walk my front walk, under the fragrant racemes and just breathe in the perfume from them and the Phlox pilosa. Heavenly.
Across the driveway, Carefree Beauty rose is a blowzy, billowing mess.
Not that I'm complaining. This is the first year it has needed external support. Too bad I won't be offering it. Too many other plants need support more. Instead, I'll be making bouquets.
The Golden Spirit smokebush (Cotinus coggygria 'Ancot') didn't bloom last year because the buds all got zapped by a frost after their premature emergence.
Behind the rose, Cornus kousa 'Beni Fuji' is making up for last year's paltry display.
Just a few weeks ago, I swore to the Chionanthus virginicus across the path that it had a date with a shovel. For too long it has leaned awkwardly and done nothing for the garden but add a smudge of yellow to the autumn palette. Lo and behold, the silly thing decided to bloom for me.
|Never underestimate the power of threatening a plant -- Chionanthus virginicus.|
And then there are the ninebarks (both Physocarpus opulifolius 'Monlo' Diabolo™ and blooming for the first time the free trial 'Donna May' Little Devil™) and the fruity-fragrant Calycanthus floridus 'Athens.'
In May, the redbud (Cercis canadensis) put on a fabulous show,
|full bloom Cercis canadensis|
|The white blooms of Daphne x burkwoodii 'Silver Edge' mature to a dusky pink.|
So, the scientist in me ponders the question of why -- is this floral abundance the response of drought-stressed plants having a last fling at procreation before death? Or is it the plants' response to finally getting the moisture and cooler late spring temperatures that they desire? And is my garden the only one to benefit from this phenomenon?