Sunday, February 22, 2009

Bunnies & Tulips

MORE ABOUT BUNNIES: I must clarify location of my last post. That previous girdled tree (I think a Crab Apple), likely doomed because the bunnies ate through the bark and thus interrupted the tree's nourishment system, can be found at a gas station near my office. The red mulch is a giveaway for those who know my landscape practices (I won't say I never would use it, but...I never have and encourage my clients to use natural products). Actually there were four small trees & shrubs in the same damaged condition. I was wondering why the damage was so bad there and figured 1.) it's near a river & wildlife area and 2.) the snow gets plowed fairly high in the same places...kind of like a bunny diving boards into the plants.

Above you can see a non-girdled & favorite shrub in my garden, the early-blooming and fragrant Arnold's Promise Witchhazel (Hamamelis intermedia 'Arnold's Promise'). As I have ranted before: badly-trained dogs & neighbors pose far more peril to my garden than bunnies.

ABOUT TULIPS: Both in my own garden & in clients' landscape, I tend to plant early & species tulips. Early ones because in March/April (after the long winter) we are desperate for colorful signs of spring. Not only are species tulips delicate, enchanting & long lasting, but their foliage fades away quickly. This is also why I use the early tulips: Their foliage has enough time to fade so that it doesn't distract from the rest of the garden.

My Swedish husband tells me Swedes give tulips for Valentines Day, and so he did (see below)!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Seasonal Evidence

Vestiges of winter: Bunnies
Signs of spring: Snowdrops

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Tree Trunks & Snow

After attending a "green" lecture at the Chicago Botanic Garden a few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to walk Spider Island. Look at the different effects of variously colored tree trunks against snow & conifers...