Category Archives: Cat Garden

Willows

We have three willows in the garden: one in the swamp and two in the cat garden area. The willow in the swamp is a black pussy willow, so I’m posting pictures of it from February that show its fuzz. I may add more recent photographs of that willow after I weed the area (but it is in February when it looks interesting). The pictures of the other two willows are from spring and summer.

I see some pruning in the future, especially for the two willows in the cat garden. Actually, I’m not super fond of the shape of the black pussy willow, so maybe sometimes I’ll prune it down too.

You can see other views of two of the willows in this recent post about the cat garden.

black pussy willow: Salix gracilistyla ‘Melanostachys’:

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purple willow: Salix purpurea Nana’:

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golden curls corkscrew willow: Salix matsudana ‘Golden Curls’:

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purple willow: Salix purpurea ‘Nana’ and golden curls corkscrew willow: Salix matsudana ‘Golden Curls’:

purple willow - Salix purpurea 'Nana' and golden curls corkscrew willow - Salix matsudana 'Golden Curls'

Variegated Flowering Dogwoods

We have two dogwood trees that are cultivars of the native dogwood (they are Cornus nuttallii ‘Goldspot’). We planted them against the side of the house two years ago to replace some vine maples that died. Um, I don’t think they are especially healthy (dogwoods sometimes get a disease), and they don’t become covered in blossoms in spring they way some non-native dogwoods do. They are all right, I guess. The yellow corkscrew willow is really pressing over into their area–it is perhaps a bit too robust (I’ll post pictures of it later).

These pictures were taken in late April.

western flowering dogwood - Cornus nuttallii 'Goldspot' western flowering dogwood - Cornus nuttallii 'Goldspot' western flowering dogwood - Cornus nuttallii 'Goldspot' western flowering dogwood - Cornus nuttallii 'Goldspot'

Hmm, the foliage doesn’t look especially variegated in these pictures. It is, though, although maybe less so than before (I’d have to go out and inspect them to know).

Oregon Grapes

We have two Oregon grapes (Mahonia aquifolium) in the yellow/cat garden. I am not entirely sure which cultivar they are: they came with two tags (each), one of which said ‘Compacta’ and the other said ‘John Muir’. They are staying really small, anyhow. Yes, I wanted compact plants, but I am not sure if they have grown at all, and we’ve had them two years. Oh well, plenty of other things are already growing way too big. These pictures were taken mid-March.

Oregon Grapes - Mahonia aquifolium 'Compacta' Oregon Grapes - Mahonia aquifolium 'Compacta'

Cat Garden Spring 2014

I call a certain area of the yard the “cat garden” or “yellow garden.” We have some kitties buried there, who were all yellow tabby cats, so we’ve planted yellow bulbs. There are plants in the area other than bulbs, but it is during tulip and daffodil season that the area looks the best.

Early March:

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Mid-March:

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Late March:

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Mid-April:

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Late April:

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Early May:

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