18 May 2008

Pretty in Pink

After several rains, the mountain laurel (kalmia latifolia) has burst into display. This variation is called 'Sarah,' and is a bit different from most mountain laurel. Its flower clusters are vibrant pink, turning to an only slightly lighter color when open, instead of the more common white or pale pink. The branches do not support themselves well after a few years, tending to fall over or break off with heavy winter snows or wind.

For The Record:
  • Growing in heavy soil, mostly shade, some sun
  • Light acidic fertilizer applied in late spring
  • Organic mulch
  • Weak support branches
  • Prolific bloomer gets ooo's & aah's

Garden Calendar:
  • Blooming: geranium, foxglove, calendula
  • Annual seeds sowed