Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Magnolias, Japanese Cherry, Forsythia, Tulips, Red Bud On Track for Great Spring Blooming Season April to June
A walk around Brueckner Rhododendron Garden today showed most of the rhodos, azaleas and magnolias sporting fat buds that promise a fantastic spring blooming season, thanks to a good winter -- not too cold, a bit of snow cover -- and a garden well-winterized with snow fencing, mulch and compost and good moisture level. Here are a few pictures of how the Garden looks in early March.
|Brueckner Memorial Magnolia in Full Bud|
|Magnolia Tree in Bud ~ Port Credit Ontario|
|Rhododendron in Bud ~ Brueckner Rhododendron Garden|
|BRG East Garden Bed 1 Rhododendrons Azaleas|
|Broken Branches Rhododendron Shrub Damage ~ Port Credit Ontario|
|Brueckner Rhododendron Garden East Garden Shrubs|
|Mallard Ducks at BRG ~ Lake Ontario Shore|
|Clump of Elm Trees Removed BRG Port Credit|
|Rhododendron 'Hot Dawn' in Full Bud at BRG|
|Holly Bushes Red Berries Add Winter Interest|
As much as this morning's walk indicated a great blooming season, it also served as a To-Do list of tasks to be done this spring and into summer.
- The Peony Garden could use a good early season weeding as soon as it's possible, and before the peonies get serious about growing. Once they've bloomed, it will be time to start thinking about weed control measures such as landscape fabric and mulch.
- Garlic mustard, greatly reduced thanks in large part to the years-long efforts of volunteer David Culham, still needs to be uprooted wherever it surfaces.
- Wildflowers need to be planted and transplanted, as do perennials like hostas, coneflowers and black-eyed Susans.
- Winter winds have dropped branches around the Garden that need to be piled up for chipping.
- There's mulch to be spread, weeds to be pulled, but these tasks are always with us.