Sunday, January 2, 2011
Happy 2011 Everyone!
Parottia persica (Persian Ironwood Tree)
I hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year's Eve...and now on to 2011! Looking forward to this year, I have so many ideas and plans for the garden (and the house, of course). I'm looking forward to all your feedback and ideas, as I seem to be changing my mind every few days :-) As a kick-start to the year, above is a shot of a bud on my Persian Ironwood trees (Parrotia persica). We planted them a little over a year ago as part of the Friends of Trees program. I'd read they were related to Witch Hazels, and as such, bloom in winter (which I thought would be a nice bit of winter interest). So far, they have been lovely, with good summer form and beautiful fall color. I hadn't expected them to bloom for several years (until they had thoroughly settled in), but I noticed these odd, swollen buds a few weeks ago. They are different from the buds the leaves emerge from, so I can only speculate they might be flower buds!
So, here's to 2011, I hope it is a good year for all, both in our gardens and life in general.