Saturday, February 02, 2008
Starburst or “Shooting Star” - February flower of the month
This is my second month designating a flower of the month in my garden. This month is no contest - the “Shooting Star” or Starburst tree is in full bloom! The plant is known by both names but I prefer Shooting Star. Technically a shrub (but mine is more like a small tree), the flowers are spectacular and last about a month. The leaves are also beautiful--olive green on top and purple on the bottom. This tree is low-maintenance but needs to be cut back once a year after the flowers are done. The only negative with this tree is suckers everywhere; my next-door neighbor has a tree in his yard that came from one of my suckers!
Last week I found this piece of an iron fence in my neighbor’s trash and I took it home (I have become my father--picking up other people’s throw-aways!) When I saw it, I immediately knew the place where it would work in my garden.
I wanted to have a break on this long side of the yard. I like the idea of defined mini-gardens within the yard. I planted a vine from my dad’s garden (I don’t know the name) and some Hollyhocks.
This is my early Valentine’s present from my wife. A great set for the gardener that is always losing his tools. Now if I can only remember to bring them back to the box after I use them. Very cool gift and the tools are great quality. Thanks, Hon!!!.