Category Archives: Berries – Birds

Warty Barberries and Crucifixion Thorns

We have two evergreen warty barberries (Berberis verruculosa) in the front yard next to three crucifixion thorns (Colletia hystrix–also called “anchor plants”). I’m putting both types of plants in the same post because they are close together and thus share photographs. We bought the five pokey plants to keep the neighbors’ dog out of our yard, but then the neighbor went and built a chicken coop fence (I guess he got the hint). We’re not too found of the chicken coop fence, but the plants are growing to cover it nicely.

The warty barberries bloomed at the end of April. I think the crucifixion thorns have bloomed in the past, but I don’t remember off of the top of my head when they bloom, and I am not sure if they did bloom this year.

Warty barberries: Berberis verruculosa:

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Crucifixion thorns: Colletia hystrix:

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Both types:

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Did we need all five pokey plants? Probably not. Also, when I (very enthusiastically) picked out these plants, I didn’t think about what it would be like weeding around them.

Ninebarks

We have two ninebarks in the yard: a showy dark-colored plant and also the native ninebark. They are both growing quite quickly. The pictures of the plants blooming are from late May to early June.

Diabolo ninebark: Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Monlo’:

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Pacific ninebark: Physocarpus capitatus (native):

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Early Blooming Viburnums

I’m putting several viburnums in this post. ‘Pink Dawn’ bloomed during the winter–I think it may have even started blooming in November (but it may have been December). The two Spring Bouquet viburnums are evergreen and fill up an unattractive space beneath the stairs. The Korean Spice viburnum (front yard) and the Judd viburnum (backyard) both smell quite nice (they are related), but the Korean Spice viburnum bloomed more profusely (it has a better spot in the yard than the Judd viburnum). The Spring Bouquet viburnums bloomed in March and April, and the Korean Spice and Judd viburnums bloomed in April.

Right now the doublefile viburnums are blooming, and I’ll include pictures of them another time.

Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Pink Dawn’

Viburnum x bodnantense 'Pink Dawn'

Spring Bouquet viburnums: Viburnum tinus ‘Compactum’

Spring Bouquet viburnums: Viburnum tinus 'Compactum'

Korean Spice viburnum: Viburnum carlesii:

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Judd viburnum: Viburnum x juddii:

 Judd viburnum - Viburnum x juddii

Blooming Red Twig Dogwoods, Blooming Variegated Viburnum

I have not entirely caught up with my posts… The need for new posts is so apt to arise!

Here are some pictures of blooming shrubs that are no longer blooming.

The native red twig dogwood (Cornus sericea) was included in the native post

native red twig dogwood: Cornus sericea

native red twig dogwood: Cornus sericea

The variegated red twig dogwood (Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’) was in the non- shrub row post

variegated red twig: Cornus alba 'Elegantissima'

variegated red twig: Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’

Finally, this variegated viburnum (Viburnum japonicum ‘Variegatum’) was in the shrub row post

Viburnum japonicum 'Variegatum'

Viburnum japonicum ‘Variegatum’

Viburnum japonicum 'Variegatum'

Viburnum japonicum ‘Variegatum’

 

Warty Barberries

I took these pictures of the warty barberry, Berberis verruculosa, before I left town. There are two of these in the yard, right against the neighbor’s property. Yes, they are pokey. I think that they are scented, but it is a little dangerous to sniff them.

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Behind the plants, you can see what we call either the neighbor’s hate fence or the chicken coop.

 

Non- Shrub Row Shrubs

I thought since I was including not-yet-blooming shrub row shrubs, I should make a post for other not-yet-blooming shrubs. I have not included all of them here.

The cutleaf lilac (Syringa laciniata) was purchased last year after its blooming period, so I am not sure how it will look when it blooms. I guess I need to inspect it to see if there are any buds: lilacs sometimes take a few years to get going. EDIT: I wrote this a few days ago, and since I have developed the suspicion that it is not going to bloom this year.

cutleaf lilac: Syringa laciniata

cutleaf lilac: Syringa laciniata

This variegated red-twig dogwood (Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’) was purchased for its foliage. Apparently it is an Asian species (not our native red-twig).

variegated red-twig: Cornus alba 'Elegantissima'

variegated red-twig: Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’

 variegated red twig: Cornus alba 'Elegantissima'

variegated red twig: Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’

This is the other doublefile viburnum (Viburnum plicatum tomentosum ‘Mariesii’). ‘Snowflake’ can be found in the shrub row. ‘Mariesii’ is more of the traditional doublefile shape.

doublefile viburnum: Viburnum plicatum tomentosum 'Mariesii'

doublefile viburnum: Viburnum plicatum tomentosum ‘Mariesii’

doublefile viburnum: Viburnum plicatum tomentosum 'Mariesii'

doublefile viburnum: Viburnum plicatum tomentosum ‘Mariesii’

I don’t think that this elaeagnus (Elaeagnus pungens ‘Hosoba Fukurin’) bloomed last year. It is located by the deck, to eventually block such things as hoses. You may be getting the impression that we like variegated foliage, which is true.

Elaeagnus pungens 'Hosoba Fukurin'

Elaeagnus pungens ‘Hosoba Fukurin’

This viburnum (Viburnum tinus ‘Variegatum’) is located next to the previous plant, in front of the deck (the yard is on a slope). It should provide berries for birds, but I don’t remember if it did.

Viburnum tinus 'Variegatum'

Viburnum tinus ‘Variegatum’

The Japanese mock orange (Pittosporum tobira ‘Variegatum’) smells heavenly, and is also placed in front of the deck. It is right along the path, making it easy to smell the sweet white blossoms when it blooms.

variegated Japanese mock orange: Pittosporum tobira 'Variegatum'

variegated Japanese mock orange: Pittosporum tobira ‘Variegatum’

The dwarf mock orange (Philadelphus x virginalis ‘Dwarf Snowflake’) was purchased last year after it bloomed, but it should have fragrant white blossoms.

dwarf snowflake mock orange: Philadelphus x virginalis 'Dwarf Snowflake'

dwarf snowflake mock orange: Philadelphus x virginalis ‘Dwarf Snowflake’

This is a contorted cornus (Cornus sanguinea ‘Compressa’). It does not bloom and remains narrow.

contorted cornus: Cornus sanguinea 'Compressa'

contorted cornus: Cornus sanguinea ‘Compressa’

There are several weigelas in the yard – they provide great hummingbird flowers. This one (Weigela florida ‘Eyecatcher’) supposedly stays small.

Weigela florida 'Eyecatcher'

Weigela florida ‘Eyecatcher’

My Monet weigela: Weigela florida ‘Verweig’ is also supposed to remain small, and is located near the previous one.

My Monet weigela: Weigela florida 'Verweig'

My Monet weigela: Weigela florida ‘Verweig’

French Lace weigela: Weigela florida ‘Brigela’ replaced the Wine and Roses (Weigela florida ‘Alexandra’) weigela in the middle of the backyard. I talked about that in the shrub row post.

French Lace weigela: Weigela florida 'Brigela'

French Lace weigela: Weigela florida ‘Brigela’

There are three of these elaeagnuses (Elaeagnus pungens ‘Clemson Variegated’) along the side of the deck. The other two don’t look that great right now, and I’m not sure what the difference would be. They have not grown, have some discoloration… we’ll see. They didn’t bloom last year.

Elaeagnus pungens 'Clemson Variegated'

Elaeagnus pungens ‘Clemson Variegated’

I will probably make a later post about Chardonnay Pearls deutzia: Deutzia gracilis ‘Duncan’ because it is now blooming (I took these pictures some days ago). It is a dwarf and is in the front.

Chardonnay Pearls deutzia: Deutzia gracilis 'Duncan'

Chardonnay Pearls deutzia: Deutzia gracilis ‘Duncan’

Here is another mock orange (Philadelphus x lemoinei ‘Manteau d’Hermine’). This, too, is supposed to stay small and is in the front. It only had a few blooms last year.

mock orange: Philadelphus x lemoinei 'Manteau d'Hermine'

mock orange: Philadelphus x lemoinei ‘Manteau d’Hermine’

This mock orange (Philadelphus x lemoinei ‘Belle Etoile’) gets bigger than some of the others, and had great fragrant white blooms last year.

mock orange: Philadelphus x lemoinei 'Belle Etoile'

mock orange: Philadelphus x lemoinei ‘Belle Etoile’

I don’t remember much about the blooming of this mock orange (Philadelphus virginalis ‘Yellow Cab’) last year. I think it bloomed, but not profusely.

mock orange: Philadelphus virginalis 'Yellow Cab'

mock orange: Philadelphus virginalis ‘Yellow Cab’

The strawberry bush (Arbutus unedo ‘Compacta’) bore fun red fruit in the fall and winter. A picture of it with fruit even ended up as Ciscoe’s Viewer Pic of the Week back in October!

compact strawberry bush: Arbutus unedo 'Compacta'

compact strawberry bush: Arbutus unedo ‘Compacta’

The Diabolo ninebark: Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Monlo’ was purchased for its dark foliage. It is in the woodland garden, but set a little bit back in a tricky spot.

Diabolo ninebark: Physocarpus opulifolius 'Monlo' and English bluebells

Diabolo ninebark: Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Monlo’ and English bluebells

This is a second variegated abelia (Twist of Lime variegated abelia: Abelia x grandiflora ‘Gretol’). Kaleidoscope was featured in a separate post. Twist of Lime is smaller.

 

Twist of Lime variegated abelia: Abelia x grandiflora 'Gretol'

Twist of Lime variegated abelia: Abelia x grandiflora ‘Gretol’

I drove a long way to buy this scented hydrangea (Golden Crane hydrangea: Hydrangea angustipetala ‘MonLongShou’) after calling all over the area. When I found out that scented hydrangeas exist, I really wanted one. The scent of this plant is not strong, however, but still pleasant. The plant blooms earlier than most hydrangeas.

Golden Crane hydrangea: Hydrangea angustipetala 'MonLongShou'

Golden Crane hydrangea: Hydrangea angustipetala ‘MonLongShou’

Maybe in a future post I will include more shrubs. And I kid you not, most of this was planted last year (in addition to the shrub row and native shrubs).

Shrub Row Plants

I recently weeded the shrub row, so took some pictures of the plants. They are not very big yet – most were planted last year – and they are not blooming. Once they are in bloom, I will post pictures in separate entries. I figured that since they are not blooming, I might as well plop them all together here.

The shrub row was designed partially as habitat for the birds, and also to block out the neighbor’s ugly fence. It will be a few years before either of those aims are achieved, but the plants look great regardless.

The fragrant osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans) did not bloom last year, but it supposed to have a wonderful fragrance (hence the name). I hope it blooms this year!

fragrant osmanthus: Osmanthus fragrans

fragrant osmanthus: Osmanthus fragrans

The indigofera (Indigofera amblyantha) doesn’t look like much at the moment, but has really sweet delicate blossoms later on. I took a picture of a few leaves to try to convey the delicateness of the plant, but I am not sure that it worked. EDIT: since I took this picture it has leafed-out some.

Indigofera amblyantha

Indigofera amblyantha

Indigofera amblyantha

Indigofera amblyantha

This Eleutherococcus sieboldianus ‘Variegatus’ is a funny little plant without a common name. Yes, I see people using “five-leaf aralia,” but I am not sure about that, since it is only in the aralia family and not an aralia. It was bought for the variegated foliage.

Eleutherococcus sieboldianus 'Variegatus'

Eleutherococcus sieboldianus ‘Variegatus’

Eleutherococcus sieboldianus 'Variegatus'

Eleutherococcus sieboldianus ‘Variegatus’

Eleutherococcus sieboldianus 'Variegatus'

Eleutherococcus sieboldianus ‘Variegatus’

There is one nursery in the area that always underestimates eventual plant size on their signs and tags… the Chilean myrtles (Luma apiculata ‘Glanleam Gold’) are such a situation. There are two of them, and they are apparently going to get huge (although not very quickly, as I’m not sure that they have grown at all).

Chilean myrtle: Luma apiculata 'Glanleam Gold'

Chilean myrtle: Luma apiculata ‘Glanleam Gold’

Chilean myrtle: Luma apiculata 'Glanleam Gold'

Chilean myrtle: Luma apiculata ‘Glanleam Gold’

The variegated butterfly bush (Buddleja davidii ‘Monrell’) was a fun find, because variegated foliage is always appreciated. However, I’m a little scared to prune it down the way that many, including Ciscoe Morris, say to do, as I’m afraid that it will come up again unvariegated. As it is I’ve had to cut off unvariegated branches. So maybe it will get huge and woody instead.

Strawberry Lemonade butterfly bush: Buddleja davidii 'Monrell'

Strawberry Lemonade butterfly bush: Buddleja davidii ‘Monrell’

This locust tree (Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Lace Lady’) is right in front of the shrub row, and actually might get moved. I think right now the plant has more leaves than in these pictures. It is lacy and twisty – what more could one want? The locust might even get its own post sometime, once it is totally foliated (if it intends to do so).

Twisty Baby dwarf black locust: Robinia pseudoacacia 'Lace Lady'

Twisty Baby dwarf black locust: Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Lace Lady’

Twisty Baby dwarf black locust: Robinia pseudoacacia 'Lace Lady'

Twisty Baby dwarf black locust: Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Lace Lady’

I don’t think that the mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia ‘Raspberry Glow’) bloomed last year. It is evergreen… and I can’t give much more assessment because I haven’t seen it in action. Mountain laurels are related to rhododendrons.

mountain laurel: Kalmia latifolia 'Raspberry Glow'

mountain laurel: Kalmia latifolia ‘Raspberry Glow’

They call Calycanthus floridus “Carolina allspice” because it is native to the east coast. It is a scented plant, and the co-gardener and I saw it for sale at a nursery several counties away. I had read about it and knew that it was scented and had attractive dark red blooms, so we picked one out that had buds but was not quite blooming. Well, I went home and read in the trusty Sunset book that one should only buy the plants in bloom, because some smell better than others. It does not smell bad exactly, it is just a really unusual smell. I think it grew on me a little… witch hazels have a sort of odd fragrance, as well.

Carolina allspice: Calycanthus floridus

Carolina allspice: Calycanthus floridus

Last year I got a book from the library about scented plants, and got it in my mind that I needed a scented rhododendron and a scented hydrangea. So when we were at the big rhododendron nursery last year we picked out a white scented one, ‘Polar Bear.’ It did not bloom last year, and it looks like it will not bloom this year. That happens sometimes with certain types of rhododendrons – it can take years and years for them to bloom. On top of it, this plant is a weird shape (I think it flopped)… but it is putting on new growth so hopefully it will turn itself into something a little more, reasonable?

'Polar Bear' rhododendron

‘Polar Bear’ rhododendron

There are two pittosporums in the yard. This one, Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Marjorie Channon,’ is in the shrub row. It is variegated and supposedly has scented blooms, but I don’t really remember it blooming last year. The other pittosporum, which will show up in a later post, definitely has sweet-smelling white flowers which smell like orange blossoms (thus called a Japanese mock orange). This one gets pretty big, so we decided to stick it in the shrub row. It is evergreen.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Marjorie Channon'

Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Marjorie Channon’

Ok the Wine and Roses (Weigela florida ‘Alexandra’). This was purchased bare-root (bare-root is always cheaper), and we didn’t realize how weird it would look when it foliated. All of the leaves are towards the top. I have since seen the same type of plant in nurseries, and I always comment “this one is not as weird looking as ours…” I think sometimes bare-root is a risky business, unless it is for something that is typically sold bare-root, like roses. The term “bare-root” means that the roots are loose, without being imbedded in a ball of soil, are typically kept in sawdust at the nursery, and the plants don’t have leaves yet. Once home, bare-root plants should be planted within a few days. Last year when we looked at this plant, I reminded the co-gardener that there had been interest in a variegated weigela, but the co-gardener figured that this one was so inexpensive that we could have both. Upon arriving home, the Wine and Roses weigela got a really great spot in the backyard. Once it turned out to look like it does, we lamented it for awhile until finally putting a much lovelier variegated weigela there instead, and moving this one to the shrub row. I think that we are going to cut it all the way down after it blooms, hoping that it will develop a more attractive shape. However, whenever we talk about not having space for something I remark “we could always get rid of the Wine and Roses.”

Wine and Roses weigela: Weigela florida 'Alexandra'

Wine and Roses weigela: Weigela florida ‘Alexandra’

I picked out this mock orange (Philadelphus ‘Snow White Fantasy’) after it had bloomed, so have not yet seen it doing its thing, but it should have nice white scented blooms.

mock orange: Philadelphus 'Snow White Fantasy'

mock orange: Philadelphus ‘Snow White Fantasy’

This evergreen viburnum (Viburnum japonicum ‘Variegatum’) is mostly for its eye-catching variegated foliage, but it should also bloom and have berries. As I recall, the blossoms were marketed as being scented, but the smell was slight. I could be confusing it with a different variegated viburnum (it will be in a future post).

Viburnum japonicum 'Variegatum'

Viburnum japonicum ‘Variegatum’

The co-gardener really wanted a doublefile viburnum, and we ended up with two last year. This one, Viburnum plicatum tomentosum ‘Summer Snowflake,’ is more upright than they typically are, and last year the blooms continued for months and months – much longer than the ‘Mariesii’ variety on the other side of the yard (which will be in a later post).

doublefile viburnum: Viburnum plicatum tomentosum 'Summer Snowflake'

doublefile viburnum: Viburnum plicatum tomentosum ‘Summer Snowflake’

Native Shrubs

I thought that I would post some pictures of the native shrubs in the garden. They are mostly in one area, along the neighbors fence down from the swamp (actually the red huckleberry and the salmonberry are in what I term the swamp)

No berries from the native red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa) yet.

red elderberry - Sambucus racemosa

red elderberry – Sambucus racemosa

The Pacific ninebark (Physocarpus capitatus) will very likely get huge… but can always be pruned.

Pacific ninebark - Physocarpus capitatus

Pacific ninebark – Physocarpus capitatus

This salal (Gaultheria shallon) has been in the garden for years.

salal: Gaultheria shallon

salal: Gaultheria shallon

I don’t remember whether or not the native red twig dogwood (Cornus sericea) produced berries last year – and whether or not the birds ate them.

red twig dogwood: Cornus sericea

red twig dogwood: Cornus sericea

The Nootka rose (Rosa nutkana) did not bloom last year.

Nootka rose: Rosa nutkana

Nootka rose: Rosa nutkana

There are two small Oregon grapes (Mahonia aquifolium), and I am not sure if they are ‘Compacta’ or ‘John Muir’ – two different tags were on them (I think nursery and grower).

Oregon Grape

Oregon Grape: Mahonia aquifolium ‘Compacta’ or ‘John Muir’

The native red flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum) (as opposed to the cultivar of the native, ‘King Edward VII,’ which we also have) bloomed this year, but sadly the hummingbirds were not around. They were in Washington, but just not in the yard.

red flowering currant: Ribes sanguineum

red flowering currant: Ribes sanguineum

I liked the idea of a native western hazelnut (Corylus cornuta), but this will get quite large. There is also a European hazelnut/filbert (Corylus avellana ‘Butler’ – the species they use for commercial hazelnuts) in the yard and also a Harry Lauder’s walking stick (Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’). Hopefully that is enough for something to get pollinated, so we can have some hazelnuts for the birds/squirrels!

western hazelnut: Corylus cornuta

western hazelnut: Corylus cornuta

The red huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolium) did not fruit last year. I am probably sending the birds mixed messages by growing berry plants for them, and also blueberry plants for me (also Vaccinium). I think I may put bird netting on the four blueberry plants.

red huckleberry: Vaccinium parvifolium

red huckleberry: Vaccinium parvifolium

The salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis) also did not fruit last year, and I think I’m sending more mixed messages, because raspberries are also in the genus Rubus.

salmonberry: Rubus spectabilis

salmonberry: Rubus spectabilis

I couldn’t get a good picture of either of the two native flowering dogwoods (Cornus nuttallii ‘Goldspot’). Because they are cultivars (‘Goldspot’), they are supposed to stay smaller and have variegated leaves. The leaves don’t look very variegated this year, so I hope they are not reverting. Maybe the gold will pop up later?

western flowering dogwood - Cornus nuttallii 'Goldspot'

western flowering dogwood – Cornus nuttallii ‘Goldspot’

Skimmia japonica

Skimmia japonica comes in both male and female. To get berries, one must have both. The yard has two of each. They are scented. These pictures are from a few weeks ago – now there is more growth above the blossoms and berries.

Skimmia japonica, female

Skimmia japonica, female

Skimmia japonica, male

Skimmia japonica, male