Last, one of my newer additions from late winter, to replace one I lost last year, is 'Baby Lace'. This is only a one-gallon size plant, so has lots of growing to do. I can see it will need to be kept in a protected area if it always wants to leaf out early.
very fun Laura. Mine are popping out now too. All of them are showing growth and that always makes me happy. I didn't get all of the dead leaves out of the Koto no Ito though so it looks a little scroungy. The good news is that it's too big to get them out without a ladder. The bad news is that even with a ladder it's almost impossible to pull the old leaves off.
Great photos by the way. I have to get my camera out.
I have to check the tag again, but I'm pretty sure that this one is Mikawa Yatsubusa. I'll post a different pic of the whole baby tree in another thread after I confirm. It's one of my new ones this spring.
This one looks like it's pointing in opposite directions..."he went...that a way "
This is supposedly one of the forms of butterfly (possibly kocho nishiki?). It seems to be an unusually variegated strain with almost no green as you can see. It reminded me of a flowering apricot or something when I first saw it.
I love the pictures and updates, thanks so much for sharing everyone!
So far, the buds are swelling on my 'murasaki kiyohime', 'beni schichihenge' and 'emerald lace'. I am thrilled that these babies made it through our long hard Iowa winter - one of the coldest in many years. We're not out of the woods by any means and I'm sure we'll have a few more frosts, so everyone stays in the unheated detached garage. I have taken them outside on a few of the nice days for a few hours.
That is a good thing ...having early photos is nice...and in some areas this is NOT early. But you should be extreemly happy in 5a your trees are sound asleep for another 2 weeks or so...99% of mine havve shown no signs of bud burst making me a happy camper ;>)...!!!! David
David, I am glad that the three are still sleeping, and I am amazed that my tiny 'beni schichihenge' started to swell last week. It is literally nothing more than a tiny stick, the smallest of all my baby grafts. I am just besides myself that it made it through this past winter.
Last winter for many of us northeners was a good test for winter hardiness ...with a vaiety of bad winter storms and cold long lasting weather similar to what we last got in the 80's... But at least here, we didn't get any 15-20 below 1980's type temps not even for a night let alone for several nights... That may be the real test of hardiness...but as zones have changed with global warming we may not ever get that again or maybe on a 50 year basis like last years spring debacle.But I would say that is something to fear if it ever does happen and will give us more hardiness data than we now have ...hopefully we will never get that data.David
My 'Peaches and Cream' is putting on a wonderful show this spring. I'm so glad I got it last year. I hope it stays small enough to be near my door for at least one more year. It is really loving the Spring rain and cool weather.
Oregon Sunset is also getting going. I gave it quite a haircut last year, so I'm looking forward to see how much it recovers with regard to the length of the branches. I may be wiring it or otherwise trying to bend the trunk some more this year.
I was surprised to see it's blossoms, they dangle quite low under the leaves and match exactly in color.
This is one of my new purchases this year. It's been potted up and will be moved to another location to see how it survives with a fair amount of sun on the other side of my house, but until I get back off vacation, it will stay where it can get some water.
Beautiful photos Laura, I did like the 'Miegetsu' and the orangeola is a lovely shape. Hope that it stays small enough for your front door for a long time. That could be arranged with a small pair of clippers and a little daring.
I will probably try and keep the Peaches and Cream trimmed, it may have to move to the patio side of the step, where it will have some ability to get taller without blocking the mail box. The orangeola is staying at the nursery, though, sorry to mix things up so much! I'm trying to decide whether or not to put the Hogyoku into the street-side yard with my Sango Kaku and Aconitifolium. Remember my dreams of a little "grove"? I have had no germination yet from the Aconitifolium seeds I planted in the winter, but I may yet. I have a pot out of doors and two containers indoors, and not a single sign yet of a pip coming up. I've got to look up more about Miegetsu, but as it's a Japonicum, it might be a nice companion for the Aconitifolium. I had really hoped for something with a bit of red to its leaf, though. I want at least one more tree out there, it could be Hogyoku, and it could be something else.
I'm really disappointed in my Villa Tarranto. It's coming out mostly green again. I really need s red leafed tree in the spot where I am putting it, and something that doesn't get more than about 10-12 feet tall or it will provide too much shade. It gets quite a bit of sun, so should color up (or at least that is what I thought, anyway). I may give it away or sell it, as I don't have a great spot elsewhere in the yard for it. I may look for another Beni Otaki, which was the original tree I wanted in that spot. I realy want the linearlobum leaf style there too.
There seems to be several "varieties" of Villa T I think yours Doss is correct, or at least the original one ...the ones I Have bought have been less, much less linearlobum shaped. and in between Linearlobum and Matsumarae.some mixed ones ...i'd say more linearlobum than matsumarae but not fully like yours. and have never gotten that red. it has both red and green ... and it is VERY dependent on sunlight top get redder but will burn in H--l if it gets too much by mid summer. David