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A busy Monday

April 4, 2016
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Yesterday we awoke to no internet, home phones or television, and our service was out for the bulk of the day. Although we still had cell phones and access to the internet via the ipads, it was still a nice forced break. I got the mundane things done like groceries and laundry and then spent the bulk of the day in the garden. I pruned, pulled weeds–I tried out a new weed tool IMG_0868harvested more bolting winter vegetables vegetables bolting feb21 (4)and planted green beans, and unbelievably –WATERED. My raised beds do dry out. The potatoes are growing and the garden looks great. veg garden mar13.163
I also got to see the multi-variety apple tree in full bloom. It is pretty, now let’s see what apples it sets. apple tree blooms.162

apple tree blooms.163
Today was a day of meetings and more meetings. Time flies when you are having fun!

I had quite a few guesses on the mystery plant, both here and on facebook. The majority guessed this one correctly mystery plant a. mar30.161 Erythronium is the genus, but the common name can be yellow dogs tooth violet or trout lily, however this one does not have the mottled foliage of what we typically call trout lily. It is a great shade perennial.
Quite a few correct guesses on this one too. mystery plant mar301.62 Packera aurea is the most current Latin name but golden ragwort or squaw weed are two common names. It grows in full sun to partial shade, but was doing quite nicely in a shade garden in Fayetteville.
The one that stumped everyone (myself included) was this one. viburnum obovatum.mar. From a distance I thought it was a spirea, but it was so small. Upon closer inspection, the flowers looked like a viburnum but the leaves were tiny and evergreen. Several horticulturists guessed a variety of plants, but when I gave total descriptions and where I found it in the garden at Fayetteville, it was decided that it was Viburnum obovatum commonly called Walter’s Viburnum. The standard variety can get up to 5-6 feet tall and has tiny evergreen leaves. The guess is the late Jon Lindstrom planted this dwarf variety they knew as Christmas Star. In the plant trials that he did with Jim Robbins, it did not have good cold tolerance, but this one was doing great. Years ago I found a similar plant in the Raulston Arboretum called ‘Mrs. Schiller’s Delight’. If you can find this lovely small shrub, buy it. It will grow in full sun to partial shade and is compact, with lovely white blooms–and evergreen. I have not seen it in local nurseries, but I think we should ask for it.

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