I’ve always lusted a bit after this tree and when I looked I saw that the only time I’ve written about it was in October – not its best time. So here it is at one of its finest moments, glowing -in a subdued, autumnal way – wearing nothing but its berries. You can see why its common name is Golden Raindrops. I’ll try to remember to get one of the spring flowers next year!
For my original post on this crabapple, go here.
C. lacteus nicely pruned into a tree form.
The berry period for Cotoneaster lacteus is pretty long, clearly it is well-started now and if you go to this post, you can see it in December and February as well. Clearly, this plant calls to my attention when there are berries more than when there are flowers (not that the flowering period is bad). I’ll try hard to get out and get some shots of the plant in flower this spring.
Pieris japonica 10/20/2013
Pieris japonica, that quintessential Seattle plant, blooms in February/March with a cascade of white bells but it ornaments itself before Christmas in an array of red/pink buds. Read more »
I thought this was it – the summer of Seattle crape myrtles. With all the delightful heat (see table) if there was ever a summer to actually have crape myrtles put on a flower show this would be it. Read more »
I’m sitting on the back deck while typing this; yesterday I had the fireplace on -schizophrenic city – but I will take every last nice day we can get. Not being a native Seattleite I am afflicted with a strong desire to run off to central CA when the wet gray weather rolls back in. Read more »
July 5, 2013
Koelreuteria paniculata, aka the golden rain tree – the more I watch this tree through the seasons, the better I like it. Here it is in bountiful bloom - in July – one of the rare summer-blooming trees to be found. Add nice form, fabulous fall color, salmon pink leaves in the spring that are like a seasonal bloom in themselves, manageable size and nice bark and you’ve got one great tree. The single potential flaw for this tree are the large brown seedpods which I actually find interesting (unlike those of the similarly named golden chain tree, Laburnum anagyroides). This is a tree that should definitely be on Seattle city dweller’s short list. Read more »
A summertime look at one of my first postings. This is a nice, simple low-maintenance planting, livened up by he edibles planted in the hell strip.
Check out the April post here.
Sorry for falling off the face of the blog world – I was out of the country. Some posts of fabulous gardens in Stresa, Italy coming within a few days. In the meantime, a quick update – pine candles in their post-candling stage – bristles.
For links to past pine candle posts, go here and here. (These photos are all from exactly the same tree, about the same angle.) Also, for a nice plant pairing for involving a dwarf pine, go here.
I usually think of March as Pieris japonica month but it is one of those plants that blooms for a loooong time. Here’s some photos from May 3. From a distance it still looks in bloom, albeit in a dingy get-it-over-with kind of way. An up close look shows the reason for the dinginess. Go here to see my original post on Pieris japonica.
Pine candles, 4/14/2013
These pine candles are about as long as they will get but still soft enough to perform candling. Check out how much they lengthened in a month. Interested in the art of pine pruning via candling? Go here for more info. Read more »