First, Lee May posts about the red buckeye tree (Aesculus pavia, or maybe A. carnea) that he gave his wife for Mother's Day one year.
It's a small tree in his garden, but it has charms, and his wife has come to really appreciate it. I loved the photo he posted. Such a little tree, blooming so enthusiastically. And not in spring whites, but in deep dark red.
Then, on a garden tour in upstate New York this past weekend I see not one, but two red buckeye trees in two different gardens. Both in bloom. Beautiful specimens.
This can not be a coincidence.
Having first seen this tree on Lee's blog, it is now calling to me every time I go out. Every time I enter another garden, I see it.
And you know where that leads.
I want one.
|I saw this mature specimen at Mead Farm House in Amenia, NY|
If I grow one I want it to be a graceful tree. The one in the photo below is lovely, but it is still young and could be pruned up a bit I think.
|I photographed this is at Margaret Roach's garden (her blog = A Way to Garden)|
It seems to have its best season in spring, with gorgeous green floppy foliage and richly red spiky flowers that hummingbirds absolutely love.
In summer, this buckeye, like all buckeye trees, will get leaf scorch and really needs afternoon shade to look a little better. Lee's tree is in the understory of nearby woods, so I think it must do well there --- I hope he will post summertime pictures of his little buckeye.
I have no woodland understory to grow this beautiful red buckeye in. No shade for it at all. And I have no red barn.
|another view from Mead Farm House|
But it cannot be simply coincidence that I am seeing this tree everywhere I go, so shortly after learning about it. Someone wants me to plant a red flowering buckeye.
I think someone wants me to have a nice big barn too.