Gardening information for zone 6 Ohio in neutral clay soil. The backbone of my gardens Hosta, Heather,
Heuchera, flowering shrubs, perennials, ground covers, conifers, and trees.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Ohio Spring 2014 Crabapple Japanese Maple

This past Winter has taken it's toll on most of us this year. I am still counting my losses. Have done some replacing so far. My conifers look to be ok as our my trees, but I think I have a tremendous amount of loss with my Heather although I am going to give it a couple more weeks before replacing it. That will be a massive job although I have replaced a few in the back.

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Malus Purple Prince AKA Crabapple, finally blooms here in Ohio. Pruned out 1/3 of this tree last year as it was so thick with berries the branches were on the ground and it was difficult mowing. After flowering I will prune out some of the lower limbs on the branches again this year.

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We have almost nothing blooming here after our Winter and things are just starting to leaf out. The Acer palmatum Fireglow is starting to leaf out as are the Ninebarks to the left and the Hydrangea to the right.

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The Iris are coming up well and will start their blooming later this month. Everything should be much further along like the Iris are but only a few other things are growing fast. The Yorkie from the dog museum highlights this area.

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I added this Fothergilla Mt Airy last Fall to the gardens and I love what I see with it's start to the season.

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The Hydrangea Limelight. I have two of these in the yard. This particular one looks like those are new blooms on it but those are leftover from last year, the other one the blooms are typical and showing burn on them from the seasons.

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The Grape Hyacinth are up and blooming and adding a little bit of color into the yard this Spring. Since there is so little of that to be seen I had to get a photo. I'm spending my time now waiting a couple weeks if I can hold out and see what all I need to replace. Not only has Spring taken forever to arrive but with so much lost and appears lost, we in the North are using up even more of our gardening season.



23 comments:

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

I love your blooms and my very favorite is that crabapple. What a beauty!

FlowerLady

Diane said...

Everything looks like it's coming along nicely, Cher. I bet you were happy to see those lovely little grape hyacinth's come up! Aren't they a treat. I don't ever remember things being so late as they are now.

Diane

Endah Murniyati said...

Wow... striking color! So beautiful! Love the flowerful trees...

Mark and Gaz said...

Sorry to hear about your losses, it's been such a harsh winter there. But glad to see you still have so many plants doing so well :)

dorothy said...

I hope your heathers make it. They are always so pretty. The crabapple is beautiful! And you have some nice color from your 'Fireglow' Japanese Maple. Your tree certainly has a nice glow. Mine isn't too showy yet. I'm so glad that spring has arrived in your garden!

Liz @ Sit With Me In My Garden said...

I miss my crabapple. Yours is beautiful! I hope you haven't lost as much as you think. My Rose bush still looks dead but I'm still waiting. We don't have leaves yet- just getting buds. I guess now and then we have to expect some loss but it does feel like a punch in the gut especially having endured such a tough long winter.

Beth said...

Hi Cher, Your crabapple is a real beauty! Good to see your Japanese maple is leafing out too. Happy Spring!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Some life and colour finally, and the crabapple is pretty all decked out in flowers. If that is heuchera in the third photo, I'm envious as mine pretty much die back to the roots and struggle to leaf out all over again.

Serenity Cove said...

That crabapple is gorgeous! Mine is just starting to bloom. So far I think all of my hostas came back. I lost a lot of my forget-me-nots but other than that surprisingly most everything is coming back.

Casa Mariposa said...

I lost several plants, too. Sometimes it's hard to tell what's dead and what's just slow to wake up. Your crabapple is just incredible! I love how showy and vibrant it is.

Diane said...

Morning Cher. Thanks for your comment. I think that spring is going to happen all at once! I mean I think we will have things blooming at the same time, that don't normally bloom together. Things are coming along though. ;)

Have a wonderful day.

Malar said...

What a beautiful crabapple tree!

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Your Crabapple tree look gorgeous again this year.
I like purple so really admiring your grape hyacinth.
Can't wait to see your irises bloom this year too.

Kate said...

Sometimes strange weather allows for good things too. I bet it was a very good lettuce year there. Not much comfort for a flower gardener, I know, but probably someone was happy. Sorry about your heathers. They were spectacular - and will be again!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Always hard to lose favorite plants. Seems winter was rougher on your garden than normal. I think I know now what hasn't survived. Still holding out hope on a couple of them as it did stay cool very late this year. The plants you have look good and you have some color!

Kalantikan said...

Hi Cher you didn't post for 3 months, at last the snow is gone and the growths are so very beautiful. I've seen those crabapples in Sweden and was so smitten with it, just like the crocus, snowdrops, pansies and wisteria.

Anette Ulbricht said...

Jetzt ist der Frühling also auch bei dir angekommen, Ich finde deine blühenden Bäume ganz wundervoll.
Gruß, Anette

Giga said...

Przykre, że masz straty w ogrodzie, ale to co jest, pięknie wygląda. Pozdrawiam.
Sad that you have a loss in the garden, but what is looks beautiful. Yours.

kitchen flavours said...

The purple crabapple tree is simply gorgeous!
Beautiful plants !

Autumn Belle said...

Beautiful colours of the landscape!

Andrea said...

I have watched that crabapple grow from when it was small, and then now. How lovely it is without the green leaves! These scenes totally none in our part of the world. By the way Cher, you have 2 links in your comments, can you remove the 2nd backlink? Anyway it just falls on the same blogsite, thanks so much.

Diane at My Cottage Garden said...

Hi Cher. I really appreciate the comments. What's going on in your garden these days?

Aerie-el said...

You have some of the best plants! Thanks for sharing the photos of them--wonderful! Happy spring, soon-to-be-summer!