Like always, many different things are occurring outside in our gardens. Here is a list of random, yet informative bits I felt necessary to share.
1.) Rhododendron Pruning Update
A little over a month ago I posted a blog on pruning rhododendrons and other spring flowering plants. I gave word to update readers with the outcome of my cuts so here are photos with results!
I must admit, although my stacks of pruning notes and books assured hard cutbacks and pruning was okay, I felt a bit of uncertainty. I have pruned many, many plants already in my career, but never a rhododendron (why? I don’t know). As the weeks passed, I glanced at these rhodo shrubs I had given the hack job to, hoping growth would burst sooner, rather than later, and show me some reassurance. I was beginning to lose hope. The incessant questions of what might have went wrong, perhaps I thought I saw a bud, but didn’t, maybe they’re too old for such harsh treatment constantly played through my head.
Finally, buds have burst, my peace of mind returned.
Sure enough, bright, green growth emerged from dormant buds last week giving new life and a new look to some rather old and tired looking plants.
The rejuvenated shrubs can now be properly shaped as they continue to grow through the years. The maintenance pruned rhodos, those in which spent flowers were removed, are filling in nicely for a fuller, healthier look.
2.) Daylily Leaf Streak
The photo above is a perfect explanation of why I’m not a big fan of daylilies. Yes, their flowers can be beautiful and are available in an array of colors, but at this time of year plants begin to look rather unsightly.
Dark streaks and yellowing of the leaves are caused by a fungus; the look of the overall plant is unhealthy and unkempt.
My solution? I simply cut plants off at ground level. Within a few weeks a flush of fresh, green growth emerges.
3.) Under the Sea?
Nope, we’re still in the woods. This little white creature sparked my curiosity the other day. I came across it while working behind the spa.
A fungus I haven’t been able to identify. Perhaps Ramaria stricta or Clavulina rugosa. No matter what, its pretty cool looking!