Sometimes the Fairegarden follows the schedule to the day, to the hour, other times it becomes more independent of the calendar.
The timing of the blooming of the Yoshino cherry tree that takes up more of our front yard with each passing year, click to read its history here-Right On Schedule, is the canary in the birdcage for how Spring is going to behave for any given year. Usually the ups and downs of the parachute ride weather, (I got tired of the analogy to a rollercoaster), have us in a tizzy until the cherry tree decides to open right at the end of March, first week in April. It is the demarcation zone of early to mid season, with the succession of flowers shifting to high gear and moving along at hair raising speed.
And now to the little help asked for in the title. We have this Viburnum, purchased as a large specimen, balled and burlapped, during the early stages of garden making here. The nursery did not know the species but it was a bargain so it lumbered into the gas guzzler.
Each year the blooming is nearly missed because it is planted behind the Forest Pansy Redbud under the tall pine trees. The large pines suck up any moisture there, give dense shade all year and was the site of the dumping of the hardpan clay when the excavation for the renovation of the main house was done. The Bobcat digging machine was actually parked where the Viburnum is now planted for weeks.
Back to the shrubbery. The blooms are white, opening in ball shape clusters from dark pink buds and are sweetly fragrant. The leaves open shiny green with puckered veining and have fuzzy silver hairs on the reverse side. The height is well over ten feet with a rounded shape. I am not sure what the mature size would be in better growing conditions. The leaves turn brilliant red with orange highlights late in the fall before dropping. Can anyone give an identification? Added: The suggestion of V. burkwoodii seems to meet the criteria so far. Thanks, Layanee!
Spring is moving forward like a freight train, but is making a stop at the cooling platform for the moment. It might be Dogwood Winter Station, read about that phenomena by clicking here-Winters Of Spring. This is a scheduled stop, and I do love to be on schedule and on time.
*The Yoshino Cherry, Prunus x yedoensis is the same type of tree given so generously by Japan to adorn the Tidal Basin of our nation’s capital. We were lucky enough to see those blessed trees in full bloom one year in Washington, DC and vowed to grow one someday. May we all bow our heads in remembrance of the fallen and to honor the living in Japan after the disaster there that has shaken the entire world. Our hearts are with you.♥