Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Garden Mosaic and "David" Tree

I love this time of year in the garden.  Every couple of days there seems to be a new type of flower blooming.  There are early signs of fruit emerging.  Here is a mosaic from photos from a stroll through the garden this evening (after weeding for about an hour, and just before it got too dark for photos):
Early summery flower mosaic
What do you think of the white irises in the bottom right of the mosaic?  I was pleased to find them blooming today.  They were buds last time I looked.  They look so delicate and pure.  I received them as a gift from my mom's friend Irene a number of years ago, and they have grown into a beautiful patch.  It was a precious gift, which I hope to in turn share with many people over the years to come.

I am absolutely smitten with my new "David" tree (Davidia involucrata, commonly know as "Dove tree" or "Hankerchief tree", but fondly named "David tree" for my son, David).  Since I planted it just under 3 weeks ago, I have been playing around with an underplanting of sedums and other succulents, and watering it every evening since.  What do you think of it?  Although I read that the Dove tree may take some 15 years to bloom, I am already so pleased with the gorgeous bronze-tinged and deeply textured foliage, that I think I will be quite okay with the wait.  Already the small twig which I bought at the Van Dusen Garden Plant Sale has developed noticeable branches:
Davidia involucrata - Dove tree
Oh, I forgot to include in my mosaic my tiny Frost peaches (most of which will prune themselves long before they ripen):
Young peaches
Last year, I managed to pick and taste our single peach before the squirrel got to it.  Perhaps I'll be able to taste another one or two this year.  The tree is still young, so I don't expect much.


Giga said...

Widzę, że w Twoim ogrodzie goszczą nie tylko kwiaty , które możesz podziwiać. Są też i owoce, które ze smakiem będziesz jadła, bo to z wlasnego ogrodu. Pozdrawiam

Garden Lily said...

Dziękujemy za odwiedzenie i za miłe słowa.

(Translation thanks to Google Translate.)

Patrick's Garden said...

i love your mosaic. Very well done.

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