Something From The Yard
It’s been a long time since I posted any mention of the yard so I figured I’d post the one (single, lonely, only) plant that has anything resembling winter interest at the moment. It’s Abies koreana ‘Horstmann’s Silberlocke’. The silvery needles look so nice contrasting with the embarrassingly ugly green fence behind it. I love how they’re curled as well, it gives another texture to the garden that I wouldn’t have otherwise. The plant is still a baby so it’s kind of awkward but as they grow they get a really nice layered pyramidal look so I can’t wait to see it in about 10 years!
One plant that will not be making the cut is my variegated Thujopsis dolbrata. It was gorgeous all summer but I have no time for a plant that’s going to brown up and look like a dog took a giant dump in the middle of my back yard for the entire winter. I’m not even sure it will survive the winter anyways. In the mean time I came across an Abies procera ‘Glauca prostrata’ that I’m going to replace it with (assuming that survives the winter in my garage).
I’m so over this winter by the way. We’ve had 5 feet of snow so far and it’s just cold. Stupid cold. So cold that -13 doesn’t sound like that ridiculous of a morning temperature because that’s what it is about twice a week. Thankfully we have all that snow otherwise I’m betting I’d lose quite a few plants this winter. Aside from the Thujopsis and a bamboo (Fargesia rufa that I planted way too late in the season) all my big plants look like they’re gonna make it just fine though, so I’m happy. Actually I’m kind of happy the Thujopsis is going because it was just too busy looking anyways. I’m not even sure the bamboo is dead because so much of it is under the snow, for all I know it could still be green. Oh wait, I forgot about that zone 7 variegated Rhododendron I planted, I’m sure that’s dead too (but I don’t know for sure because its under a giant mound of leaves and snow). Then again I bought that to be used as an annual filler so I don’t really care if that dies either (yay cheap pretty things from home depot!).