Friday, June 1

A Very Cherry End to May

To cap off an oddly long, warm spring--which followed The Winter That Never Was--I got to enjoy my first few of these guys on the very last day of May:


They were delicious, but I feel a little bit odd about enjoying cherries already at the beginning of what is traditionally strawberry season!

An oddity that I don't feel at all ambivalent about is this bloom on my Japanese bloodgrass:


Mine has never flowered before, but I know that bloodgrass is reported to be slightly invasive/aggressive in areas where it regularly flowers. So I cut off those white tufts as soon as I was sure I had gotten a good photo.

These blooms made up the third garden oddity this week:


At first, I didn't notice anything amiss here. My tree peony, 'Chojuraku', blooms pink and the buds looked pretty normal, if a bit small. But once they opened and I saw both the color and the petal structure of the blooms, I knew something was not quite right. So I followed the stems down to the ground:


Yup... suckers from the rootstock! I dug into the ground a little bit and pruned them back... but will have to remind myself in a few weeks to check again and make sure I'm not seeing any resprouting.

Definitely an interesting ending to May.  Wonder what June has in store?!

7 comments:

greggo said...

The sprouts look pretty good though...lol.

Leslie said...

And the cherry looks even better...yum!

Andrew said...

The Bloodgrass, is that Imperata?
I have never known it to produce seed when I have planted it.
Might be an idea to sow some seed and see what you get - A bloodier grass, maybe.

Annie in Austin said...

In addition to trying for a Bloodier Blood Grass, I'd be so tempted to pry off part of the root & get another peony... with luck not killing the 'real' peony.

Sure hope there will be more than 1 cherry, Blackswamp Girl!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Gail said...

It has been an odd several months weather wise...Not sure what to expect this summer. I do like the peony bloom and wonder if Annie might be on to something! gail

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Ah... between the missed chance to make a bloodier bloodgrass, and a simple but sweet peony, I'm having a rueful start to June after my cheery end to May! *grin* You guys are all funny!

(But, yeah... I wish I had thought of those things myself!)

Angela said...

That cherry looks really good! Nice pictures.

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