I had to share this tiny bit of growth, this little bud, this emerging leaf from my tiny crabapple tree. This is one of the watercolor brush sized trees planted last month. It is alive! It is growing! I had been hauling water up the driveway to take care of all these little babies. Thank goodness we have had some good rains to help as well.
Also growing nicely is the Quince...I am not asking for gangbusters right now, just growth. It feels like spring here in South Carolina. I am enjoying working outside as much as possilbe. What a change from last winter when we were buried in snow. I will take spring awakening anytime!
Right next to the Quince is this fun little mushroom. Looks like someone has been eating the edges of it. The gills are so neat.
Winter's sweet fragrances are in the breeze. My Edgeworthia chrysantha is just starting to open. I love its fragrance and the bright sunny little blooms on the bare stems are just super. Isn't this great against the clear blue sky?
These brown specimen are kind of gooey looking aren't they?
A walk around the backyard is like a treasure hunt. So many treasures... look at how sparkly the Muhly grass is in the sunshine. It is hard to capture the twinkling of the seedheads in the breeze. So happy I have this grass in my garden.
Another great find in the walk around was all these great berries on my Wax myrtles. Well, one of my Wax myrtles...Myrica cerifera is dioecious, meaning male and female plants. Thankfully I have at least one female. The bayberries are a good food source for the birds. *Fun fact- Myrica californica is monoecious. It has both male and female flowers on one plant.
Also getting ready to open to its full glory is my Blue Leaf Isu, Distylium myricoides. It is an evergreen Chinese Witch hazel. This was a great happenstance --- I came upon this plant at the nursery while in bloom....had to have it. Stay tuned for more photos as it opens.
Finally a little rearranging in the landscape. I have had a section in my front garden that nothing has done well. Could the soil be bad there? Maybe this is where paintbrushes were cleaned? Who knows. I have had three Gardenias 'Frostproof' die in this area. Finally have one replacement gardenia that is doing well, but it is off center. The Nandina domestica 'Blush Pink' was another gardenia replacement. Well, I got some new garden soil and dug out the soil that was there. I moved the remaining gardenia and added two Loropetalum 'Daruma' from the back slope by the lake. The Loropetalum wasn't blooming where it was, so moving it should be a good idea.
See how large the other Gardenia 'Frostproof' are? They are happy......
The Loropetalum will grow to about 3- 4 feet tall and about the same width. With the reddish purples in the stonework on the front of the house, I think the summer colors of the Loropetalum will be a nice repeat of color.
Tomorrow? Mulch hauling..... I am switching out the pinestraw mulch in the beds around the house to hardwood mulch. As the hardwood breaks down it will help amend the clay soil. It won't be done in one day...but it will be a start.
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