The only proclamations for Earth Day in my garden were made by more flowers blooming and birds singing in the trees.
The first of the viburnums is in full bloom today!
If you want to forget that odd, slightly bad smell of the flowering pears (Pyrus calleryana), stick your nose in the bloom of this Korean Spice Viburnum (Viburnum carlesii).
These flowers smell like… spring. Fresh, floral, not too heavy, just good old fashioned flower smell.
This viburnum is a good deciduous shrub for any garden around here, topping out at around five feet or so with good green foliage all summer long that turns to red and burgundy colors in the fall.
Maybe I should make a proclamation that everyone should plant a viburnum of some kind in their garden? It is such a wonderful, diverse genus of shrubs, that surely every gardener can find one that they like that will work in their garden. I’ve “limited” myself, so far, to five different species of Virburnms, eight shrubs, total. I think. And I reserve the right to buy more if I find others that I like.
On the tulip front, those red tulips that I proclaimed I didn’t like are starting to remind me of peonies. I hereby proclaim that any flower that reminds me of peonies gets to stay in my garden.
The red tulips are part of a mix and a pretty festive one at that.
I also remembered earlier today when I got an email from Elizabeth at Gardening While Intoxicated / Garden Rant asking for some pictures of them, that these were the tulips she graciously sent me last fall to try out. So much for garden journals and plant labels to help keep track of flowers.
I hereby proclaim Thank You to Elizabeth for sending me these tulip bulbs. I’m going to leave them alone and then see if they come back next spring.
And if they do come back and bloom, I hereby further proclaim that if I post about them again and proclaim that I just don’t like red flowers, someone should remind me where these came from.
Thank you, I am done proclaiming.
I hope all had a good Earth Day.