Tuesday, March 15, 2011

From Shrub to Tree for Bloom Day

When loropetalums reached more than 12 feet tall, I considered limbing them up as trees.
Then I saw a Flickr photo of three limbed up like this in front of Park's Seed.
Yesterday the dog and I pruned the lower limbs. Not finished yet.

I noticed a seedling underneath. Buffy sat on it, but I don't think she broke it.
All the loropetalums in my garden are seedlings except the few that are
rooted cuttings from the seedlings. Only one seedling turned out to be white like the species.

You can see here that dogwoods are coming into bloom and
daffodils have mostly finished.

Hawera is still blooming, a late triandrus.

Camellias have had a hard time following the prolonged cold in January.
I sprayed yesterday for scale with soap and oil spray.


Azaleas are just coming into bloom. These are the first to open.
By next Bloom Day the azalea spectacular will be over.

My fav, Pink Pearl in bud and bloom.
When azaleas bloom, Swallowtail butterflies come visit.
I've seen a few flitting about already but they don't stay still for pics.

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day is the meme of Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
Visit her to sign up. March is a fun time to compare the progress of
Spring northward at 10 miles per day, or is it 20 miles a day?  

30 comments:

  1. How pretty! Great job on turning your shrub into a tree...it looks like a lovely place to sit and admire the garden. :)

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  2. Everything is looking so beautiful. I love those camellias.

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  3. Your Fringe looks like a Crepe Myrtle! What a great idea to prune it up like a tree! If my little one ever survives, I can only hope for it to be so large some day. Our azaleas are full of buds and ready to pop any day now. The dogwoods starting opening up yesterday so they too will be in full blooms soon…

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  4. I have been pruning my loros underneath since they were quite small, I love the umbrella look. The last photo, that azalea is oh la la!

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  5. How glad I am that you stopped by my blog, so that I didn't miss yours! Loropetalum has become a favorite. We have the shrubs that I've kept small in the courtyard garden, but a tall tree out back. What glory they are. And you actually know the names of your azaleas. I promised myself I would keep track...but that's a promise broken. Ours are just beginning here.

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  6. The glory of Georgia. Your spring has sprung far before ours.

    Dogs are so handy in a garden aren't they. I especially love when they lay their "tired" heads in the mulch to nap. i always look forward to sweeping that up later.

    I want to take 2 trees down, can you send Buffy?

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  7. Love that pretty pink color of the azaleas! My azaleas haven't done anything yet (I'm in DC), but I'm sure by next Bloom Day they'll make their appearance. And what a good helper your dog is! The loropetalums look great.

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  8. Thanks for some hints of what's to come once Connecticut warms up.

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  9. Those azaleas are so pretty. Ours will be all a show in a week or three. Beautiful blooms today.

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  10. You have some real beauties this GBBD. The azaleas are one of my favs. I, well, really my friend the tree grower, will limb up a number of shrubs and yours is quite pretty and well done.

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  11. Wow, I had no idea loropetalums got so tall -- wish I had the room! Your azaleas remind my of my hometown, Houston, Texas; their Azalea Trail was last weekend. Alas, azaleas don't do well in Austin's alkaline soil. Thanks for the memories! Happy GBBD.

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  12. Everything's so pretty in pink! I can't wait to see your azaleas in full bloom next month if they look this luscious now.

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  13. Your lorapetalums are spectacular. they are only marginally hardy here in PA so I haven't tried one. I like them as a tree though.

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  14. I love all the colors of spring in your yard--so pretty!--and the action shot of your dog in your sidebar. Looks like s/he's on an exciting mission!

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  15. I love your loropetalum trees! And your Pink Pearl is beautiful. I can't wait to see your azalea show!

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  16. What a lush landscape you have. I love those hot pink shrubs limbed up like that; perfect!

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  17. Nell Jean, your flower photos are so pretty. I found out today my blog was accepted at blotanical and you are my mentor! I'm really excited about blotanical and being a part of it. I've found so many great gardening blogs through the site in the past couple weeks, including yours:)

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  18. You have many lovely blooms, but your loropetalums are astonishing. Mine are demure little shrubs. Thanks for the eye candy!

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  19. I'm not familiar with the loropetalum, but what a beautiful shrub! I really like the look of it limbed up as a tree, too. But I'm so jealous of your azaleas--what gorgeous blossoms!

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  20. Everything looks wonderful in your garden! Hawera is my favorite daf. Some really nice camellias too. We should have La peppermint blooming today or tomorrow.

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  21. I saw a loropetalum pruned up to a tree last year for the first time at a local park. Your turned out very well. Your azaleas are lovely too! Happy Bloom Day!

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  22. Your pink pearl is spectacular.Better get some more shots of it when all the buds haves bloomed.
    Rosie

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  23. Nice job on that Loropetalum! I'm amazed how tall they can get... Happy (belated) Bloom Day!

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  24. Those are one of my top 5 favorite shrubs of all time. I had several at my old house and none here at the new(er) house. I am definitely going to have to purchase some this year! I have a neighbor across the street with one about the size of yours. I told him yesterday about how you'd trimmed it in tree-form. He seemed interested. I told him that if he did I wanted lots of cuttings to root! :)

    Happy Gardening!
    ~Wendy

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  25. I enjoy watching spring in your garden long before it arrives in mine where daffodils are just opening and azaleas are still dreaming of buds.

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  26. Nell Jean, You are so right. This March bloom day post shows plants that haven't even started in PA for April bloom day. So fun to see them. Carolyn

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  27. Well I think that is the most gorgeous loropetalum I've ever seen! I'm trying to grow one to use as a small tree to screen my neighbor's house from view but my dog loves to sit on it! Right now I'm working with half a shrub as he's broken the other half off! Wish me luck! Happy GBBD!

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  28. The limbed up lorepetalums just have something extra special that says WOW! I can't decide if they look like azaleas or crepe myrtles but at any rate they are fabulous!

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  29. Thank you for stopping into my blog and leaving a comment. Love what you have done with the loropetalum.

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