Abies balsamea 'Nana'

Abies balsamea 'Nana'

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wednesday Vignette

A quick and easy vignette before I finally call quits on productivity for the day. Wednesday Vignette is hosted by Anna of Flutter & Hum.

A few leaves on Comptonia peregrina have clung to the branches and matured to a beautiful chestnut brown. I love the shape and texture. The tight little catkins at the base of the leaves are still some time from their quiet spring debut. They aren't very showy, but the promise of spring is still there. Meanwhile, the hazelnuts (or filberts, if you prefer) in the woods are displaying their showy yellow catkins already. They say it is spring. I like their thinking.

12 comments:

  1. Mmmm, Comptonia peregrina. Where have you been all my life?

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    1. On the east coast, mostly. ;) My favorite aspect is the sweet cinnamon scent of the foliage.

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  2. Nice looking leathery leafs. I read up on the plant online: It looks beautiful with green leafs, but also mentioned suckering. What has been your experience so far, and in what part of your park is it planted?

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    1. Mine hasn't started suckering yet. It's been in the ground 2 or 3 years, but it was a clearance buy and not in good shape when I got it. It would also prefer sandier soil than I have, but seems fine in wet clay at the end of the dry creek bed, at the edge of that shady area where I added all those beds this year. Far Reaches has a big plant that has grown into a tidy, round shrub about 3 feet tall by 4 or 5 feet wide. The plants I saw in Massachusetts, in a setting closer to their natural habitat, were thinner and more spread out. Depends on the conditions. In your garden, it would probably behave much like the plant at Far Reaches.

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  3. Lovely shot! Was this taken with your new camera?

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    1. Thank you! It was, and then greatly cropped to "zoom in" on this particular vignette.

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  4. I understand your impatience but I'm hanging on to winter until we get some rain down here!

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    1. Actually, as long as it doesn't get cold again, I'm perfectly content to hold off on progressing toward summer. I need time to get stuff planted before it dries out again!

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  5. I like both your vignette and the thinking of your hazelnuts! Spring it is!

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    1. Yes! Winter stay away! It's time for spring.

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