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Following my tree, down a colourful garden path

September 7th, 2014 | 9 Comments »

It’s that time of month again, time to write about the tree I started following in March this year. My corkscrew hazel (Corylus avellana ‘Red Majestic’) is looking about as tired as the rest of the garden — late August and early September are not prime times at Glen Villa.

Something is eating the hazel leaves.

Something likes the leaves of this corkscrew hazel.
They are welcome to it.
The leaves are looking decidedly weary. Not to mention spotty and full of holes.
So instead of writing about this unattractive tree, I’m writing about some of beauties in the garden and in the fields. Leading down the garden path (or the garden steps, if you want to be precise) is an array of coneflowers that give pleasure year after year.
Coneflowers started to bloom in mid-July and are still at it,
at the beginning of September.
A path of another kind is the swirl of colour we call the dragon’s tail. In late August, the astilbe were in full bloom. They look a bit faded now, two weeks later…
This is a late blooming variety of astilbe,
A. chinensis ‘Veronica Klose.’
but the bergenia in the lower garden have decided to bloom for a second time. A nice surprise.
Who said Bergenia would bloom only in early summer?
Nearby, in the moisture of a weedy ditch, a cardinal flower (lobelia cardinalis) is doing its stuff. 
Cardinal flowers never last long in my garden.
Do the deer eat them or are they simply short-lived perennials?
In the Aqueduct pool, the Mukdenia is starting to fulfill the promise of its varietal name, Crimson Fans.
The red colouring is ok, but the rest of the plant looks rather sickly.
I hope this isn’t a forecast of what is to come.
Changing colour themes, from pink/red to yellow, is the goldenrod that is now blooming prolifically in every field.
I love goldenrod. It is such a cheery shade of yellow.
Paths through the woods and field are edged by a profusion of white asters…
It’s impossible to say which variety of aster this is.
At least, impossible for me.
that look particularly attractive after a heavy rain.
No need to identify the variety…
only to enjoy the fragile blooms.
White is the dominant colour now. Hydrangeas by the front steps are attracting bees.
Bees and wasps and hornets all seem to enjoy the hydrangea’s nectar.
Snakeroot (Cimicifuga racemosa) is scenting the air.
Insects congregate on this snakeroot as well.
Check out the yellow stripes: is that a paper wasp?
Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carotais) dots the fields.
Wikipedia tells me that the Queen Anne in question was
from Denmark, wife of James I of Scotland.
along with occasional clumps of Lady’s Tresses (Spiranthes).
These flowers are a type of wild orchid.
Rounding out the colour wheel, New England and other asters add a touch of blue.
Can anyone tell me what type of aster this is?
It’s easy to ignore the corkscrew hazel when so many more attractive things present themselves. But the wilt on its leaf tells me something I’d rather not hear. Cooler weather is coming. I can feel it in the air at night. (Does a song come to mind?) 
I haven’t been waiting for this all my life. Not at all. It’s WAY too soon to say goodbye to summer. But clearly autumn is on its way.

Following my Tree: August

August 3rd, 2014 | 13 Comments »
Corylus avenllana is the proper name of the tree I am following, corkscrew hazel is its common name, and Harry Lauder's Walking Stick is its nickname.This nickname was what attracted me to the plant many years ago. That and a photo of a full-grown plant.This photo of a full grown contorted hazel is from the on-line site Dave's Garden.I loved the twisted branches and knew it would be an outstanding plant in winter months, with the contorted branches silhouetted against the snow. Plus I was intrigued by the name. Who was


A different way to follow my tree: July

July 7th, 2014 | 12 Comments »
The Corylus avellana 'Red Majestic' has grown in the last month -- not much but enough that its head now rises above the wooden rail that marks the back edge of the border.The colour of the leaves reminds me of Heuchera 'Palace Purple.'I chose this tree because of the colour of the leaves, and I continue to find them a wonderful contrast to the blue spruce and the sharp green of amsonia. Unfortunately, to see this colour contrast you have to stand at the edge of bank, a precarious position


Following my tree: June

June 8th, 2014 | 15 Comments »
Finally the corkscrew hazel (Corylus avellana 'Red Majestic') has leafed out.The colour and texture of these leaves caught my eye last year.Impulse buying: not a great idea.The rich deep burgundy leaves are the main reason I bought the small tree last year. The leaves and the wonderfully contorted branches.The twisted branches create a confusing outline on the small tree, but in a close-up they are fabulous.As a small tree, the corkscrew hazel looks quite silly, in my opinion. When it's bigger, will it be better? A photo sent by a friend from Newfoundland shows her


Following my Tree: May

May 11th, 2014 | 6 Comments »
After a month away, it feels good to be home again in North Hatley. I was travelling for four weeks, first in southern Africa and then in Italy where I co-led a group of women through gardens that ranged from the first century A.D. to a contemporary art installation garden that is still very much in progress. I'll write about those Italian gardens in future posts. But today, it's time once again to 'follow' my tree.The development over the last month has been... disappointing. Yes, my tiny little corkscrew hazel


Following my Tree

April 9th, 2014 | 4 Comments »
I was hoping that on this, my second 'follow a tree' post, the Corylus avellana 'Red Majestic' would have shed its winter coat.  After all, the first week of April is over. But that hasn't happened. Along with all the individuals I met up with, wandering around Montreal last week, (and wrote about here) his Majesty is still wearing his robes. Unlike those tidy city dwellers, however, he is looking quite disheveled.I promise, there is a tree hidden under the burlap.And ground under the snow. There are promising signs. Like these


Following a Tree

March 12th, 2014 | 8 Comments »
Lucy Corrander, an English garden blogger at Loose and Leafy, has invited bloggers from around the world to join her in 'following' a tree.Her invitation really caught my attention. It sounded like a great idea ... a good monthly discipline and a way to focus on the changes that occur in a tree over a entire year.So once a month from now on (or so the plan goes), I'll be writing a short entry about the tree I've decided to follow, noting how it changes and develops, month by month.Picking