The Dirt – Man Down!

Man Down!

I made a disappointing discovery the other day in my back yard…

… a victim of the recent winds.

This is a Japanese Umbrella Pine (Sciadopitys verticillata) – a selection called ‘Joe Kosey’ to be precise. I planted this specimen several years ago and thought it was doing okay. But, obviously, it wasn’t doing as well as I thought!

These are notoriously challenging to grow around here, and I was excited it had made it through the last couple of years. But, now I know things weren’t so good… and it’s fair to say it’s doing a whole lot worse now.

The uprooted tree had likely been laying exposed for several days before I discovered it. Not good. The root ball was dry, very dry. It was probably damaged beyond recovery, but there’s always hope. Right?

So, I replanted it.

I staked it securely; gave it a good drink; and now, only time will tell. I’ll treat it like a freshly planted tree… because basically, that’s what it is. I’ll give it lots of root stimulator, and I’ll keep my fingers crossed.


On a more positive note, I thought it might be fun to share some early-spring sights from my yard. Last issue it was colorful weeds. This time, just some things that have recently caught my eye. 

Bottlebrush Buckeye just breaking bud.
Amsonia are sure quick to bloom!
Angelina Sedum make for stunning color even without blooms.
Variegated Solomon’s Seal… one of my favorites!
Have you ever seen Sassafras blooms?
How about Pawpaw blossoms?

The fun is always in the details. There’s lots to see and enjoy out there. Check it out!


Cameron Rees, General Manager

Need Some Mother's Day Gift Ideas?

Bud and bloom hydrangeas!
And, bud and bloom roses, too!
Sweet Fragrance Rose - great flowers and great fragrance!
Hanging baskets are always a favorite!
Lots of combo planters to choose from, too!
Calla Lilies are always so elegant!
Fountains anyone?!
What mom doesn’t love bougainvillea?!
Or, maybe a piece of statuary?

Some Things are Slow to Wake Up

When things all around us are putting out flowers and new spring growth, it’s easy to assume that something not doing that is dead. But, don’t be too quick to judge.

Are these grasses dead or still dormant? Although everything around them is showing signs of life, these little bluestem are still very brown. But don’t worry, these guys are a tough Kansas native and the green-up will start soon!

Although signs of life are already obvious on many landscape plants, some things just wake up late. And, with the extended cold weather this spring, that’s even more so.

So, what should you do?

Be patient.

Time will tell you what’s going on. Dormant plants are not dead, and if given time, they’ll prove it. React too quickly, however, and you may regret it.

Here’s a list of some common late-to-wake-up plants:

  • Mimosa
  • Crapemyrtle
  • Hardy Hibiscus
  • Ornamental Grasses (warm season varieties)
  • Butterfly-bush
  • John’s-wort (Hypericum)
  • Vitex

How long should you wait? Give these plants at least until June to prove themselves.