On Saturday, May 18, I planted three more starts that I cut from the branch Ellen gave me. These starts were rooted in water but took almost 9 full weeks from the time I cut them and put them in water until they were rooted enough to plant. Lesson learned: Never Give Up.
I’m planting them in a different spot than the first one I planted to see if they do better in one spot than in another. I’ve heard that these dogwood shrubs like sunlight and a moist location. I don’t have a spot that accommodating, so the first twig is in 6 hours of sun but not moist, these next 3 are in less than 2 hours of sun but a moist area. Right now, in fact, I have them sitting there in a pot to see if they’re ok with so little sun.
I’m so excited about this “free” shrub. Thank you again, Ellen! I took another class from her Saturday and she had dug up this cedar to plant something else in its place. She asked the class if anyone could use this in their landscape. I quite enthusiastically said, “Me, me!” and brought it home.
I’m planning to redo a border at the front of our lawn in the Fall. This cedar will be a perfect addition to that area.
From my online studies of the yellow cedar, apparently it is not a cedar at all but actually a cypress. If the word “cedar” is used, a hyphen must be used, as in “yellow-cedar”, because this species is a “false cedar” and not a “true cedar”. True cedars are in the Pine family (Pinaceae) and are represented by old world species with needles in the genus Cedrus.
The drooping branchlets give the tree a graceful weeping appearance. To be more yellow, it must be planted in full sun.
The term dwarf is relative. It doesn’t always mean small or tiny, but indicates the plant will be smaller in stature than the original species.
The word “yellow” is in the name because of the reference to the distinctive yellow color of the wood.
I’m a shrub girl who got into vegetable gardening a few seasons back. Well this year, thanks to the insistence of a few friends (you know who you are), I’m breaking into flower gardening. I’m actually pretty excited about it.
Yesterday, at our local Farmer’s Market, I literally stopped in my tracks when I saw this flat of begonias. According to Wikipedia, Begonia is a genus of perennial flowering plants. The genus contains about 1,400 different plant species. I have no idea which genus my begonias are (they’re called Vodka Begonias), but I don’t care – it’s all about their color.
The Begonias are native to moist subtropical and tropical climates. I live in North Carolina, absolutely not subtropical or tropical so, we’ll see…
I’m planting some in my shade garden, some where they’ll get more sun. Which do you predict will be more successful? I’m curious which best retains this amazing color.
For your added enjoyment (!), I’m posting these photos that I found while researching begonias. Seriously amazing. This 300 square meter carpet contains more than 3000 begonias. Hats off to you, Brussels.
Blue woodland phlox forms clumps 12 inches tall covered with delicate 1.5 inch rosy-lavender to soft pink flowers. It is a spreading, native flower here in the Carolinas and blooms in early spring and requires little or no maintenance. It’s spectacular as a mass in an open woodland, perfect for the border of a shade garden, or naturalized at the base of large trees. Phlox prefers moist, humus-rich, well-drained soil and high open shade and accepts sunny conditions with moisture but will go dormant in drought conditions.
Chip Callaway told us he deadheads the old blooms and gets at least one more flush of color before the season ends. Mine have been gorgeous for two weeks and last about five days as cut flowers.