Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Forsythia 'Tremonia'

Not a variegation this time, but a wonderfully serrated edge. This one was a little tempermental to get started, but has grown vigorously ever since. Not as showy, maybe, but a nice texture comparison and just as pretty in the spring. This has certainly been a good year for forsythia as all of ours are covered with bloom and as I drove around yesterday doing errands, I noticed that this is generally the case. Our freeze didn't seem to do much damage except to magnolia blossoms that had been out for awhile, so that's a relief. We're not out of the woods yet, though, because our predicted last frost date is not until May 15th and over the last dozen or so years we have had frost several times as late as May 23rd. At that point things are up and leafed out and there's not much you can do in a garden this size to protect things. Most plants have several sets of buds and will leaf out again, though last year we had so many freezes and thaws that we lost a number of Japanese Maples and even a Lilac (Syringa reticulata 'Chantilly Lace') that were well over 10 years old and one would have thought could tolerate vagueries in the weather.
One more forsythia to go and then on to something else.

1 comment:

Lets Plant said...

Interesting looking leaves!!