Hydrangeas starting to bloom

The oakleaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea quercifolia) are just starting to bloom; the Annabelle hydrangeas have a few days to go. Check out the size of the leaves on the oakleaf!

When your backyard is 37 feet wide, you end up looking at the neighbor’s yard a lot. The plants in my yard that are interesting right now just happen to be near the fences, so you get a peek at both neighbors’ backyards as well.

Enh! Made it to the top!

In early spring, I was concerned that the American bittersweet (Celastrus scandens) vines might not have survived the winter. There was no need to worry: they grew far better this spring than they did all of last year, when I planted them. One of the two female plants has reached the top of the 7-foot-high trellis, and the male plant is only a couple of feet behind. Next milestone: will they flower this year, or do they need another year of growth? If they’re going to bloom, it should happen pretty soon…


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