The wine colored redbud (Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy') that was decapitated in last autumn's heavy snow has been replaced with a new one.
The leaves won't stay that dark. They wash out in summer to an interesting greenish color tinged with wine, but in spring the deep hue looks great, especially with the blue globe spruce behind it.
I can't wait for the bright pink blooms next April, when redbuds burst out in vibrant color before their leaves emerge. I never saw this tree's predecessor bloom, it was only in my garden a brief summer before it was broken in two by a storm. I have such hopes for this one.
A new variegated sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua 'Silver King') was planted by the driveway to provide some shade on the driveway apron. It came with a robin.
The leaves are pointy shaped like all sweetgums. The white edges bordering dark green make them pop.
This sweetgum, like the species, will get huge. It will tower over the garage and drop spiky dried gumballs all over the lawn and driveway. But that is in the future, and it is understood that a civilization flourishes when people plant trees under whose shade they will not sit, and whose gumballs they will not have to rake up.
And the sourwood I moved? It is looking better than ever. I stewed all winter about whether to dig it up from the patio wall area, where it provided too little structure or shade, and move it somewhere else.
I thought moving it would kill this sensitive and somewhat difficult tree, and I thought it would be a job of work to get it out of the ground. But it was easy, it moved without complaint, and I have never seen it so leafy and shaggy. When the white lily of the valley blooms come out in a few weeks, I will be thrilled. They look like this:
That's all that was planted? No, of course not.
I am still reforesting the wild space behind the house. I planted three tiny saplings of a dwarf tuliptree (oxymoronically, a dwarf giant tree does exist). They are Liriodendron tulipifera 'Little Volunteer' and their miniature size in this case means they will be 30 foot tall trees at maturity (not 80 foot forest giants.) I put all three in various spots in the weedy meadow, and I can only find two now. I can't remember where the third one is, and the tall weeds aren't giving up the location. I need to water it, but can't find where I put it, and it doesn't answer when I call.
Once again I planted sassafras saplings in the sixth year of my ongoing benighted quest to create a sassafras grove. I put in two this time. One has made it, the other did not. Such is sassafras cultivation.
I found a male American holly (Ilex opaca 'Jersey Knight') to pollinate the female that was planted this spring, so there will be berries. The female tree was a large specimen professionally planted. The male is just a little twig I got from a catalog (mail order bridegroom?) and at only a foot tall and not much wider, it was covered in tiny white holly blooms a few weeks ago. Just covered. What a stud.
I moved a sugar maple seedling that was only six inches tall, and a silver maple seedling and gave them space out in the meadow. It will be years before they peek up above the Queen Anne's Lace and ragweed out there, but my forest will emerge.
I am happiest when I am planting trees.