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Baby Leaves!

April 18, 2013

mollyscott

After what felt like a really long, if not very cold, and certainly not very snowy, winter, DC is in its full spring glory. The DC Cherry Blossoms did not disappoint—in fact, unlike last year, they bloomed during the Cherry Blossom Festival. Convenient, that.

Spring brings new surprises in the garden every day; its genuinely exciting for me to go outside and see what is showing its head on any given morning. I even find my designs affected by what I see in the new leaves and emerging buds. It might be a subtle thing, but the way a leaf unwraps from the bud, the sheer new-ness of colors on baby leaves, the way new leaves on a tree are often tiny, perfect replicas of what they’ll look like at maturity; are all worth noticing in the garden, maybe even more so because they’re gone in an instant.

Don’t get me wrong, I love summer, but the promise of spring, the pleasure I get when a plant pops up and I think “Oh right—that’s what that is!”—is what makes spring my favorite season.

Until we get to summer. And then fall…

Baby leaves for you to enjoy…

Young Oak leaves--I love how they are perfect little replicas of late-summer Oak leaves

Young Oak leaves–I love how they are perfect little replicas of late-summer Oak leaves

Check out how wonderful and textural these Oakleaf Hydrangea leaves are as they open up

Check out how wonderful and textural these Oakleaf Hydrangea leaves are as they open up

Maple leaves and flowers in the morning sunlight
Maple leaves and flowers in the morning sunlight

Smoke Tree leaves emerging look like roses!
Smoke Tree leaves emerging look like roses!

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Early Bloomers will be OK

January 10, 2012

mollyscott

Hello and Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great holiday season and is settling in after the chaos. It’s begun to feel like winter here in Washington, D.C., though not a harsh one by any standard. We had a couple of cold days, and then back up to 60 degrees! I’ve seen several trees blooming out of season and even some Daffodils that were tricked by the warm weather. The Witch Hazel behind my house has been in bloom for a week!

Orange Witch Hazel (Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’?) with Yew (Taxus) in the foreground

This is an image from the web, but shows the unusual color and how great this plant looks when set against evergreens in the winter garden. I wish it could give you the fragrance too! It’s light and spicy and makes you turn your head to wonder where that delicious scent is coming from.

Lots of folks ask me about plants that bloom out of season. I have a friend who panics every year when early Crocus and Cherry trees pop out – it’s become a kind of joke between us. She panics and I tell her its normal, which it is, mostly, especially for flowering trees. And it won’t hurt the tree to lose a few blooms if a hard frost comes. Those buds and flowers will be killed, but most likely not all of the flower buds will be lost and there will still be flowers during the plant’s proper bloom time. Even during regular spring bloom a frost usually won’t kill an early blooming tree (like Deciduous Magnolia), but it will lose the flowers, which is really only disappointing to gardeners and bees.

Hellebore—Queen of the winter garden

Plants like Daffodils and Crocuses may not bloom again if they bloom heavily out of season, but honestly I’ve never seen that. My Daffodils often poke their leaves up early, but they wait for spring to flower. Plants like Snowdrops, Winter Jasmine, and Hellebore, which often bloom very early, can continue to bloom even under the snow. They seem to have enough buds to bloom slowly over several months, with a big blast of flowers once real spring comes.

So enjoy this quiet time in the garden, don’t panic – these little surprises are you assurance that the garden is still there and spring will be glorious!

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