Beautiful Cornelian cherry
Cornelian cherry blooms early with short-stalked umbels of yellow flowers breaking from bare wood. Cornelian cherry flowers have a heavy honey scent if you stick your nose on them (but it doesn’t seem to travel in the air), and the yellow colour is similar to forsythia.
Forcing spring branches
When forcing spring branches, use the younger branches of woody plants which usually carry the most flower buds, and appear more round and puffy than the slimmer leaf buds. When forcing spring branches, cut a cross with a sharp knife or secateurs into the bottom inch of each stem to encourage water uptake.
Global warming and plant hardiness
Despite the warming trend, borderline hardy plants in my garden continue to suffer winter damage. The apparent message for gardeners is that global warming hasn’t altered plant hardiness zone designations.
My yellow ginkgo tree(s)
When thinking about vivid autumn foliage, I focus on red and orange. But then a reader wrote about her beautiful yellow larch, and that made me turn around and see (hiding in plain sight) my gorgeous yellow ginkgo tree (Ginkgo biloba, Zone 5). The ginkgo has the best autumn yellow in my garden—a bright and cheery glow that stands out from other faded plants. The ginkgo is a pleasing tree in all seasons, and truth be known, I have two. (You might have guessed that I seldom buy one of…
My favourite, the fern-leaved beech tree
The fern-leaved beech is a tree of true elegance, with narrow glossy green leaves that turn burnished bronze in autumn and form the most ideal leaf mulch. In winter the grey bark is similar to the hide of an elephant, and the glossy chestnut brown buds are delicately pointed.