High 65 F
Low 40 F
The 'Pink chimes' border, formerly the left front walk border
Progress continues on garden cleanup and the above border is being cleaned and compost spread. There is a Styrax 'Pink Chimes', which is a lovely little tree, in this border. The trunk is a bit curvy and is visible on the right side of this picture. I think that the heat wave is over which is a blessed relief for all flowering plants. A spring rain is predicted for the next few days. It hasn't rained in well over a week and with soaring temperatures, high of 84 F, the spring flowering trees, perennials, and bulbs just don't last very long. One of the small leaved rhododendrons which is now blooming in my garden is Rhododendron 'Mary Fleming'. I could go into Mary's parentage but lest your eyes glaze over I will just say that she is a pastel princess dressed in pale yellow blooms which have just the slightest tinge of pink on the edges. The leaves have a bronze cast to them throughout the summer and they gain a little more color through the winter. Isn't she pretty? I can't remember her blooming so thoroughly and giving so much satisfaction to this gardener. Perhaps she has attained that age where she is now a bit more well rounded and filled out, more seasoned. Another blooming lady is Prunus 'Hally Jolivette'. This is a small tree or shrub which blooms for a two to three weeks. It has the typical Prunus flower but this shrub continues to bloom because all of the flowers do not open at once. It likes to be a shrubby tree but here I have pruned it to three stems and will give it a bit of a haircut once blooming is finished. This is listed as a fast growing shrub and this one has been in the garden about three years. I like it better each year. As Prunus go, this one is disease and insect resistant so if you have a small space you might consider this shrub. It can get to fifteen feet but it responds well to pruning. It is hardy to zone 5. I spotted this Prunus 'Hally Jolivette' at Blithewold. It is clearly high grafted to a standard rootstock but it was a lovely little lollipop on the edge of the drive. Which do you prefer?
Here is the 'Pink Chimes' border all ready for a gentle spring rain.