Foliage spills from the tower of this birdbath. The potted begonia sits above the water level so it won’t get soggy.
An open meadow is transformed when the crabapples bloom.
Malus ‘Prairifire’ (Crabapple) is a medium-sized flowering landscape tree with a rounded head for full sun, preferring moderately wet soil. (The trees in these photos are planted along the edge of a natural streambed running through a wide open meadow.) ‘Prairifire’ is one of the best crabapple trees for the southeast, resisting many of the usual problems that Malus is known for. The April flowers are followed by masses of small crabapple fruits that persist into fall, a favorite fruit for birds.
Crabapples are effective in mass plantings, but because they are considered smaller landscape trees, they are also a good choice for patio trees, or specimens for the front yard.
A chart from NCSU showing the best crabapple trees for the landscape can be found here.
Cornus florida ‘Cherokee Princess’ (Dogwood)
This beautiful three-season understory tree is grafted on Cornus kousa rootstock, which makes is more resistant to anthracnose, a common disease among native dogwoods (destructive fungus appearing on leaves and twigs). In spring, it reliably delivers a spectacular flower show with snow-white blossoms four inches across. The flowers are replaced by berries that persist through winter and provide food for birds. In the fall, leaves turn burgundy-bronze with red and orange highlights, making it one of America’s favorite full-season landscape trees.
An American Indian legend reveals the story of a young and beautiful Cherokee princess who was slain by a jealous lover for not returning his affections. As she lay dying under a dogwood tree, she used the flower petals to restrict the flow of blood from her wounds, to no avail. It is believed that the tip of each dogwood flower now bears a red blemish in her honor.
The Great Eagle Map of the USA, 1880’s.
Happy National Draw A Bird Day, today, April 8, 2013!
April 8 is Draw a Bird Day
It all started in 1943 when a little girl went to visit her uncle in the hospital…. Not an official holiday, but one with a special sentiment originating in England in memory of Dorie Cooper, a 10-year-old who was killed after being struck by a car - but not before the walls of a hospital ward had been filled with hand-drawn images of birds by wounded soldiers.
Today, Draw A Bird Day (story at the link) is celebrated world-wide as a way to express joy in the simplest things in life.
While shopping for planters this week, I came across this fabulous antique bird aviary. Wouldn’t it be lovely filled with houseplants in a conservatory?
Gentiana catesbaei (Elliot’s Gentian), native perennial to the north- and southeastern United States, and Gallinua Americana (Soree).
Mark Catesby, Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (1754).
The Sentinel, 15 ft tall, saplings & paint, 2012 at Gilsland Farm, Maine. Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein!
Bird Vivarium for Godey’s Lady’s Book, by W. E. Tucker (1800’s).