So what does a gardener do when Spring refuses to grace us with her true presence?
We still buy the soil, compost, peat moss and mulch that go on sale .. drive around with bags of the stuff in the back of our vehicles (slight odor of cedar with the mulch .. not that bad a thing .. worse scents have emanated from vehicles , right ? )
We also tend to buy shrubs and trees that we have been thinking of for years ..
OK .. maybe that is more me than most other gardeners but I like to think of it all from common ground lust of plants we just have to follow through with.
I have always wanted a Dogwood tree .. Kousa ... those beautiful white flowers have always intrigued me .. My point of plan is that it would be an under story tree to my Pacific Sunset maple.
Taking the place of two past failed Japanese maples (slightly broken heart over those episodes)
Sometimes you just have to throw the towel in on particular plants that can't be.
There was no specified cultivar to the Kousa I bought from the big box store .. so that kind of ruffled my feathers but it was not going to stop me.
Pre-planted by the shed .. to give you a sense of size .. it is just a baby.
It is between the BIG maple and the obelisk .. planted April 29th
Then .. the matter of deciding on a crab apple ... Garden PA and I had two different choices but I finally came over to Garden PA's side with Profusion ... for the front garden.
Another badly lit picture, on a gray day , but I think you can get the idea ?
But it is the digging out of old trees and shrubs that can be the killer ...
Garden PA worked very hard to help me with his trusted little axe !
I also planted two dogwood shrubs in the back garden .. Ivory Halo and Elegantissima
I guess it is the year of the Dogwood in my garden .. fingers crossed they all take and are happy !