|l to r: gold false cypress, green false cypress, weeping beech|
|Ageratina altissima ‘Chocolate', blooming!|
I have also planted out seven little willow seedlings (probably salix alba) that had been in the cold frame last winter. They are from cuttings we took the summer before in Fortune. It's a really interesting variety, grows in drier spots than willow usually does, with lovely rounded heads and the usual shiny, shiny willow leaves. There's a spot on the 48 Road where several houses have them along their driveways and they are gorgeous. And I put in the twelve oak seedlings (Quercus robur ‘Fastigiata’ (Columnar English Oak) I grew from acorns the summer before that - just in a row behind the new fence that's going to support the espaliered apple trees. All these trees are just there to grow a bit before being moved to permanent positions, I have no idea where.
I did finally put in the two posts for the wire supports and the two apple trees - the honeycrisp I almost lost through leaving it in the polytunnel in a pot all winter, and the other one I bought this spring, bare root from the apple orchard and potted up. I just have to wire the posts and tie in the apple trees. I am debating what to do with the hardy peach I also bought there...I want to keep it in the pot but I think the roots will be at risk if I leave it above ground. I may plunge it in the garden and then hoik it out and put it in the polytunnel in the spring to get it started early. That should be fun.
The climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala petiolaris) which was planted by the white oak a couple of years ago has started to climb! The tiny branches snaking up the trunk are clinging on as hard as they can with advantitious roots. Can't wait to see the future glory. It is obviously in the "creeps" phase at the moment.And, as far as picking goes, I am lifting leeks and carrots, and picking cranberries (in the wild). Our domestic crop of cranberries amounted to just 12 this year, or one per square foot of bog. Lots of vines there now, though, do I am very hopeful for the future crop. And the garden is still producing zucchini!
|Our whole crop!|