It won't be long now before the heralds of spring are upon us. No spring parade of flowering trees is complete without cherries. It's like having a sundae with nothing on top. The standbys come in two forms, both species from Asia (of course): yedoensis, the yoshino cherry and serrulata, the kwanzan cherry. I guess I put the cart before the horse when I tell you that cherries are in the genus Prunus (so are peaches, apricots and nectarines). Yoshinos are the staple of the cherry blossom festival in Washington, DC. They are famous for producing clouds of white or blush pink single flowers and the stately trees can reach 40 feet. Kwanzan is a tree of smaller stature and the carnation pink, ruffled flowers are whimsical in their pompon shape. We have both here at Mohonk Mountain House as well as others and do await their arrival with eager anticipation. The photos here of the yedoensis come from a groovy website called Botany Photo of the Day from University of British Columbia.
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A Rare Variegated Giant Dogwood
Don't you have to have this? Hard to find (I think I just did shhhhhhhhhhhh). Cornus controversa variegata... (wowie zowie!) the variegated giant dogwood; a must for shady woodland plantings and talk about structure in the landscape... whew. The only problem I believe is the growth rate is slow. Oh well, we've got time, we're young.
I mentioned recently that our Clivia were killer. Here's proof...
Lilac Shock at New York in Bloom
Lastly but not leastly, I just got back from New York in Bloom. This was the 20th anniversary of this flower show at the State Museum in Albany. See if you don't think the arrangement of 80 gladiolus is aptly named... Lilac Shock.
Next week is my third round as a judge at the Philadelphia International Flower Show. Hey, I'm no slacker.
I'll keep you posted.