Friday, June 28, 2013

Flower Power Friday

Dogwoods & A Redbud
So sorry for missing last Friday... I forgot I had a show in Saco, Maine and spent most of the week preparing for it.  I will not let this happen again!
White Dogwood Tree

Cornus florida, Princess White Dogwood
Height:  15' to 30'
Bloom time: April
White blossoms
Full sun to part shade
Fall color will be a red/rust color
With the red berries it attracts birds, but resists deer to some degree

This tree is about 4 feet tall right now and will take some time to reach it's full height.  I will be mulching to help keep the roots cool in the hot summer and to help retain moisture.  I found out that they are tolerant of clay soil, which I have a lot of.  They are also fast growers.
The flowers are the clusters in the center and the white petals are known as brackets.  I found this to be very interesting.  The same goes for any flowering dogwood.
Generally the Dogwood trees have very few problems to contend with, and maintenance very minimal.

Pink Dogwood Tree

Cornus florida Pink Dogwood
Height:  15' to 30'
Bloom time: April and May
Pink Blossoms

From the full sun to part shade all the way to the minimal maintenance the Pink dogwood is treated the same way as the White dogwood tree.  The Pink Dogwood is also 4 feet tall right now and I will say has fewer leaves, ( you have to look closely to see the leaves) but is slowly catching up.
More interesting tidbits about the Dogwood.  It is an soil improver, because of it's leave litter.  The leaves decompose much faster than other leaves.
Dogwoods do best in some shade in the south and full sun in the north.  Shaded dogwood trees are less dense, grow more quickly and are taller, and have a poor flowering and fall season.  Although I have seen a beautiful white dogwood in town and it's in the shade!  It is tall and loaded with flowers!!!  So I'll see how it looks in the fall.  Dogwoods that are in more sun are shorter, bushier and produce more flowers. 

Eastern Redbud

Eastern Redbud

Eastern Redbud
Cercis canadensis, Eastern Redbud
Height:  20' to 30'
Bloom time:  April
Pink pea size blossoms
Full sun to part shade
Fall color is yellow
Butterflies are attracted to the pinks flowers

This little beauty is about 3 1/2 to 4 feet tall right now.  The two photos are to the left the front and below side view.  Love the beautiful heart shaped leaves.  What's really neat about this tree is in the spring the flowers bloom on the bare branches of this tree and even better is that after it's finished blooming the dogwood are getting ready to bloom.  I didn't even plant this one.  I have placed this Redbud behind the Dogwood.  If you take a look at one of the photos I took early on, if you look to the left of the photo on the grass area, that is where I planted the 2 Dogwood and the Redbud is behind them going toward the back field.

The Eastern Redbud is also tolerant of clay soil as well as being deer resistant.  Very low maintenance too.  I did find out that it's best to transplant younger trees as they adapt to the stress better than larger trees.
The Redbud does come with a few pest such as leafhoppers, caterpillars and scales, but with regular watering and fertilizing the tree will do just fine.
The Eastern Redbud has a medium growth rate of about 12-24" a year.
I'm so excited about these trees and can't wait until they starting blooming.  It may be a year or two before they start blooming, but it will be well worth the wait.

FYI....the Dogwood trees were planted about 2 week ago and the Redbud just the other day.
This week I also planted 3 Delphiniums, a Ruby Coreopsis, Irish Spring Black-eyed Susan, another Butterfly Bush, and 4 new Poppies.  In the next few weeks I will be telling you alittle bit about each plant including my roses that are blooming wonderfully. 

Quote of the Week..........
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are written by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
~Joyce Kilmer, "Trees," 1914

Until next week...........

Happy Gardening!!!
I will see you next Friday!

Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July!!!!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tuesday Treasury!!

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Another Fabulous Week of Treasuries!
This week we are featuring the curators of "June at the Fish Camp" by Lauren Paradise of Lauren Paradise Paintings, "Feelin Patriotic Red White and Blue" by Chrissy-jo of Kindred Images and Creations, and "Delicate" by Sandy Kemp of Indigo Kitty Yarns.
Be sure to take some time to visit our curator's shops and all the other shops in these awesome  treasuries!

'June at the Fish Camp' by laurenparadise

Wooden Row Boat, 5x7 Fine Art Photography, Black &White Photography, Nautical Photography - CindiRessler
Wooden Row Boat, 5x7 Fi...
Little Girl Holding Fish Fishing Pole Tiny Catch of the Day Black White Vintage Photo Photograph - AlaskaVintage
Little Girl Holding Fis...
Digital Collage Sheet(186) - Vintage hand painted lithograph of Yelloow Rose - VintageLithoArt
Digital Collage Sheet(1...
Black & White Photography, portrait, children - TheDarkSideOfTheRoom
Black & White Photograp...
Vintage French Photo - By the Lake - ChicEtChoc
Vintage French Photo - ...
Ocean Photography - Water Photography - gift idea - golden dark amber wall art - 11x14 Photograph - "Rolling Waves" - andpersandstudio
Ocean Photography - Wat...
NEW, French Country Ticking throw pillow cover in Waverly red and white stripes, 16x16, lumbar. - kustomdesigns2
NEW, French Country Tic...
Respiro (horizontal version) - Special Price - Print - Dionysiac
Respiro (horizontal ver...
Urban Chic Home Decor Teal Rust photo shabby chic art fine art photography modern home decor - CarlChristensen
Urban Chic Home Decor T...
Kitten Photograph, Cat, Black, Tan, White, Nature, Tabby, Feline, Animal, Home Decor, Fine Art - QuinnImagery
Kitten Photograph, Cat,...
Swim - 8X8 fine art Print - janeheller
Swim - 8X8 fine art Pri...
Love Birds - dcandrews
Love Birds
ORIGINAL Abstract TADPOLES Large PAINTING Wall Art Acrylic - LizziePaints
Moth Brooch Neutrals Brown and Beige Butterfly Pin Gift for Collector or Naturalist - Under 10 - MySelvagedLife
Moth Brooch Neutrals Br...
Black white photomontage digital art print African daisy peach grey wall art - VoogsArt
Black white photomontag...
Photography Landscape Airstream Photography Fine Art Photography Vintage Airstream 12x12 - lucysnowephotography
Photography Landscape A...

'Feelin' Patriotic Red White & Blue' by KindredImages

Just because

Vintage, 1960's, Rollerskate Case, Metal Suitcase, Cottage Decor, Retro Storage - Bingville
Vintage, 1960's, Ro...
5x7  limited edition of 200 Fine Art Photograph ready for display - peterraymondimages
5x7 limited edition of...
Colorful Pepper Mill, 6" Red, White and Blue - DaileyWoodworking
Colorful Pepper Mill, 6...
Red white blue stars garland, July 4th red blue banner, Memorial day Patriotic decor,  photo prop - AntnFrog
Red white blue stars ga...
Sweetheart Patriotic Earrings Beaded Red White Blue July 4th US Holiday Summer Fashion Jewelry - RoughMagicHolidays
Sweetheart Patriotic Ea...
Red, White & Blue Wood Buckets, stars and stripes, patriotic, 4th of July, summer decor, set of 3 - DabHands
Red, White & Blue Wood ...
Paper Garland - Airplanes - Red White & Blue - ScoutAndAcadia
Paper Garland - Airplan...
July 4th Red White Blue Tie on a royal blue Tshirt or onesie for baby, infant, toddler preschooler - babysweetness
July 4th Red White Blue...
Paste Paper  Square Journal - JournalBound
Paste Paper Square Jou...
Red White and Blue Nautical Patriotic Chunky Beaded Toddler/Baby/Girl Necklace - SweetnSassyUs
Red White and Blue Naut...
Fireworks headband - red white blue flowers, rhinestones, red feather, red fold over elastic - patriotic fourth of july - LucyLullaby
Fireworks headband - re...
Ziggy Zig Zag Chevron TT Fabric Red White Blue July 4 Nautical Patriotic Colors quarter inch - AllegroFabrics
Ziggy Zig Zag Chevron T...
Fourth of July - Seed Bombs in red, white & blue - Plantable paper seed balls made of handmade paper and flower seeds - Patriotic wedding - PulpArt
Fourth of July - Seed B...
Patriotic girls Romper, Patriotic clothing, 4th of July toddler, Red white and blue Romper - haddygrace
Patriotic girls Romper,...
Patriotic Steampunk Earrings - red, white and blue with copper - Patriotic Jewelry - 4th of July Earrings - ElainaLouiseStudios
Patriotic Steampunk Ear...
Fishing Boats 2, 5x7 Fine Art Photography, Landscape Photography - CindiRessler
Fishing Boats 2, 5x7 Fi...

'Delicate' by indigokittyyarns

Delicate things I adore.

Amethyst Wire Wrapped Pendant Necklace in Silver - February Birthstone - CareMore
Amethyst Wire Wrapped P...
Genuine Lemon Quartz Pendant. Trilliant Cut. Sterling Silver Necklace. Natural Gemstone Jewelry. Wire Wrapped. Free Shipping. - LoveLeela
Genuine Lemon Quartz Pe...
Noodle Bowl Set with Chopsticks - Dry Grass, Line Drawing - made to order - yevgenia
Noodle Bowl Set with Ch...
Sterling silver - Swarovski peridot AB teardrop crystal teardrop with white gold hook summer spring earrings-gift for her birthday - DesignByKara
Sterling silver - Swaro...
Pink Crystal Earrings Sterling Silver Rose Pink Swarovski Crystal Earrings Pale Pink Teardrop Earrings Gothic Icicle - DorotaJewelry
Pink Crystal Earrings S...
Silk Scarf. Hand Painted. Koi Scarf. Chibi Kimono Scarf. Blue Silk Scarf. Silk Chiffon. Silk Dye. 7x50 in. Made to order. - SilkScarvesTakuyo
Silk Scarf. Hand Painte...
Hammered Dragonfly Earrings - TarmaDesigns
Hammered Dragonfly Earr...
SALE 20% Frost flowers hand knitted lace stole wrap shawl light silver gray luxurious merino wool silk - Kailill
SALE 20% Frost flowers ...
Neon Umbrellas Still Life Photograph, Let's Party,  a  Fine Art Print, Orange, Hot Pink Wall Decor - JudyStalus
Neon Umbrellas Still Li...
Purple Victorian Necklace Swarovski Purple Crystal Necklace Romantic Jewelry Victorian Purple Bridesmaids Jewelry Purple Wedding Jewelry - martywhitedesigns
Purple Victorian Neckla...
Vintage Music Sheet  Paper Roses for Weddings and Craft Projects - etcPAPERetc
Vintage Music Sheet Pa...
Lime Green Flower Earrings - bstrung
Lime Green Flower Earri...
White Bleeding Hearts, 5x7 Fine Art Photography, Floral Photography, Flower Photography - CindiRessler
White Bleeding Hearts, ...
Huge Antique French RARE Mercury Glass Balls Paste Stones Crown Tiara Late 1800s  -  As Seen on new TV Show - It's Worth What on NBC - ParisPanacheAntiques
Huge Antique French RAR...
Forever Spring  Lush Green Chunky  Stained Glass Valance - LittleLaLaOriginals
Forever Spring Lush Gr...
Fine Art Photography 8x10, wall decor, pastel green dandelion photography, wall art, home decor, wall hanging art - IonAnthosPhotography
Fine Art Photography 8x...

I'd like to thank all the curators for including my photography in their awesome treasuries!

Have a Fantastic Week! 
See you for Flower Power Friday!