Gotta Garden

Friday, May 18, 2007

For You, Yolanda Elizabet

Fringe Tree:


This picture was taken out by one of the Maymont gates...a smallish to medium sized tree.

Closer:


And here is my very own variegated Solomon's Seal:

11 comments:

RUTH said...

I've never heard of the Fringe Tree before. I must mention it in my next "THAT'S NEW TO ME" post and will link back to you.

Carol said...

The Fringe tree is quite pretty. I've heard it is one of the last to leaf out in the spring, making people think it might have died, but it didn't, just likes to take its time.

Gotta Garden said...

Hi Ruth: That would be lovely! Thank you! I feel I have been remiss in that the post is just so brief to show YE the pics...I should have done better! I didn't realize (I guess I should have)...well, anyway, that gives me food for thought...there are some lovely ornamental trees that are around...I might think about doing something on some of them.

My own fringe tree is small...shrub size with just a few blooms...I will look forward to it maturing with lots of blooms!

Hi Carol: Isn't it! I didn't know that or haven't really noticed (but then, mine is young)...I did know it was a favorite of Thomas Jefferson and saw one at Mount Vernon...so, I guess George liked it, too! We can see why!

Yolanda Elizabet said...

GG how absolutely wonderful of you to put these pics up. Love that Fringe tree, really gotta (grin) have that one. Got a botanical name for it?

Variegated Solomon's Seal - drool! Wow, already loved this plant but this!!!!!! Wowie!

Hugs!

Gotta Garden said...

YE, it is Chionanthus virginicus...there is more info in/on the link on the post, if you want.

Too bad you are so far away...you could come over and we could dig you a piece of the Solomon's Seal.

I have a hard time resisting variegated foliage!

Yolanda Elizabet said...

GG I was so bowled over by your pics that I missed the link completely. I've linked now and am happy to see that I will be able to grow a Fringe tree too as they grow in England as well. Hurrah!

It's a pity that we live so far away, I could give you lunch and you could give me variegated Solomon's Seal. And we could chat, for hours probably! giggle :-)

Kate said...

This fringe tree is something else. It is gorgeous. But, I'm with Yolanda on the Solomon's Seal - your patch is so dense and gorgeous. Mine look like matchsticks planted at regular intervals even though they started out with just one stalk. I am in awe of them!!

Ki said...

I want one, the fringe tree that is. I saw one planted in the common area of a townhouse complex. Quite a showy shrub probably comparable to a Japanese tree lilac. Apparently the Chinese variety C. retusus blooms before partially leafing out as the C. virginicus does so that's what I am looking for. Both shrubs are head turners for sure. Thanks for posting the picture and for reminding me to order one if I can find it.

Gotta Garden said...

YE, good luck with it! I think you will enjoy it.

It is. That is really sweet, YE!

Hi Kate: I bet it is because yours are just waking up. By now, they are probably showing off for you! Thank you, though.

Hi Ki: You're welcome! Ha! I found mine at Forest Farm a few years ago. Shipping is crazy, but better if you order enough to make it worth it (not hard to do...big catalog). They/it will make a handsome addition to your collection.

Ki said...

I found one at Nicholls Gardens:

http://www.nichollsgardens.com/
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In your neck of the woods, Ganineville, VA.

Unfortunately they just sold the last C. retusus but they sent a nice specimen of C. virginicus all of a foot tall but with flowers already! Shipping for the gallon pot by USPS priority mail was pretty steep at $16 but probably still cheaper than at ForestFarm for the same size and it arrived in 2 days. I don't know where Gainesville is in relation to where you live but maybe you could go there to buy plants.

Gotta Garden said...

Hi Ki: Why thank you for that info! Somewhere new to try! It looks like they are not so far, depending on traffic...Hmmm, maybe when I spent all that time in Warrenton, I was nearer than I realized! Those peonies look very interesting!

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