Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Garden Jaunt


This post is dedicated to my brother Bernard who would have been 61 years old today.


The Rhododenrons are coming and the first of this bunch are the yellow ones.


We have other 'yellows' called Hong Kong 
which bloom after these which are slightly different.


Rhodos grow very well in Nova Scotia due to the acidic soil which they love!


Did you know that rhodos like 'pine needles' as a mulch?


I love the shade of these.


Here are a few more bushes starting to blossom out.








Now for something very un-rhodo like.....


This Chestnut tree was getting very large and beginning
to shade the plants around it.


So last fall I cut it back....way back!


Now it looks like a 'pollarded' tree and I actually like it better now.


I doubt that it will produce any seeds/chestnuts this year.
It is probably still in shock from the 'hair cut'!!



28 comments:

  1. Rhodo blooms, and a chestnut tree, pruned to grow again. Bernard, a lovely memory I'm sure. and we share this day with Jim.So special, and beautiful photos to be included with memories. Greetings from Jean

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    1. Hi Jean. Yes, it was pruned to grow again! We do the same with our willow trees.....cut them way back every two years....they LOVE IT!!
      thanks Jean for stopping by...always good to see you.

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  2. what a beautiful post - the blooms are amazing!! ( :
    i just can not pick a favorite. they are all so lovely.

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  3. A lovely tribute to your brother, Jim. And such beautiful photos of gorgeous blooms. I love rhododendrons. They are simply spectacular.

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    1. They are such intricate blossoms with so much detail, Martha. They are meant to be photographed!

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  4. gorgeous post Jim-the poor chestnut tree-I wonder if it will still produce nuts--but I can understand where it is-looks better.
    ps-stop by my blog-a surprise for you

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    1. Hey Kathy!! What a surprise I found!! Thanks again!!
      I think it will produce nuts again....in a couple of years after it has 'adjusted'!

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  5. A nice birthday tribute to Bernard. Crazy about the yellow blossoms.
    Um... I must say... you got carried away with that poor chestnut. (sniffle)

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    1. LOL! I guess I did get a tad carried away! But a guy's got to do what a guys got to do!!

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  6. Awesome captures, Jim!!! The flowers are just gorgeous and the green...wow! A breathtaking and delightful post!

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    1. Oh thanks Linda. You would have a ball here with your camera.

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  7. Nice to remember your brother Jim. And what spectacular blooms. We don't see many yellow ones here so this is a real treat. Lovely!

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    1. Thanks Craig. Even though it's been a long time since he died, Bernard is often on my mind in fleeting moments.
      I'm glad you like these blooms......I can see a yellow rhodo in your garden....

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  8. A beautiful way to honor your brother.

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  9. That's lovely. It's so nice that you can pay tribute to your brother.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Janie, we were very close as kids till he died at age 19. He would have loved this blogging medium!

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  10. Beautiful flowers, the yellow are my favourite, so bright! I imagine they smelt wonderful! X Hayley-Eszti

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    1. Thanks Hayley-Eszti, good to see you! I like the yellow ones too. And you know what? They do not have a noticeable scent. They just look good!!

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  11. A beautiful way to pay tribute to your brother's memory, Jim. I love the yellow blossoms.

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    1. Thanks Pat. I like yellow in the garden as well.

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    1. He would have appreciated them, Terry.

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  13. Beautiful post, Jim! I'm sorry that you can't share your brother's birthday with him, but you have remembered him in a lovely way. Take care.

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    1. He was such a character, Louise. It would have been interesting to watch him grow older but that was not meant to be.

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  14. The Rhods are a lovely tribute to your brother, Jim. I have the pine needles aplenty, but the bushes don't grow at high altitude. That chestnut tree reminds me of a huge green mushroom!

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    1. Thanks Barb. Bernard would have loved this garden I am sure.
      Oh yes, the high altitude would limit some species of plants, as living at sea-level here does not allow us to successfully grow certain plants.

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