The newest ninebark member in my collection is Physocarpus ‘Amber Jubilee’, also known as Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Jefam’. ‘Amber Jubilee’ ninebark was named in honor of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. The queen took part in the ceremonial planting of this new shrub while visiting Winnipeg.
It is beautiful, and as amber, golden, glowing and colorful as the name suggests. It is the seedling of the cross ‘Diabolo’ x ‘Dart’s Gold’ made by Rick Durand of Jeffries Nurseries in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba (Canada).
I was so pleased to find this and add it to our collection. It came in a two gallon pot and cost $38.00 in one of our local nurseries. The cost was a bit on the high side, but not enough to prevent me from buying it.
I’m really fond of ninebarks and the color they bring to the garden. Last year I wrote a post about ninebarks, here’s the link http://wp.me/p2kNeQ-aB since then we have added ‘summerwine’ and now Amberglow to the gardens.
When doing some internet research on this great new shrub, I found this great description of the foliage. : “According to this nursery the new ninebark offers a unique blend of foliage colors including new growth that takes on shades of yellow and orange in summer before turning purple in the fall. “Foliage on mature sections of the plant is lime-green. Amber Jubilee is distinct from purple-foliaged ninebarks such as ‘CenterGlow’, ‘Coppertina’ and ‘Summer Wine’. Its foliage is an improvement over long-time cultivar ‘Dart’s Gold’. ‘Amber Jubilee’ will be effective as a medium shrub in the landscape, whether massed or planted in small groupings.”
The common name: Amber Jubilee® Ninebark
True botanical Name: Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Jefam’
A member of the Rosaceae family
Light: full to partial sun
Hardy to: USDA Zone 2
Soils: adaptable to a wide variety of soil types
Growth Rate: A vigorous shrub reaching a mature height of 5-6’ (2 m) and a width of 4’ (1.5 m).
Pest and Disease: No specific problems. (In my yard- we have to protect them from the deer and elk who find them very tasty)
Propagation: Cuttings from established plants. Propagation by First Editions license only.
Landscape Value: Amber Jubilee® is distinct from purple-foliaged ninebarks such as Center Glow®, Coppertina® and Summer Wine®. Its foliage is an improvement over long-time cultivar Dart’s Gold. Amber Jubilee® will be effective as a medium shrub in the landscape, whether massed or planted in small groupings.
Ever Wonder Who Visits Your Yard? FIND OUT… UPDATE July 29, 2013
The trail camera failed several months ago.
A cautionary tale: I won’t go into all the details, but these can also be a security camera. Unfortunately, the camera had failed, so it wasn’t working the morning that we had an un-welcome man looking in the bedroom window and ringing the doorbell. I had never seen him before and didn’t answer the door. Later it turned out that it was most likely the same man who broke into a nearby house, beat up and robbed a woman, then fled. He came back later that night, fought with the homeowners and was killed by one of the homeowners with a kitchen knife. He had items with him that indicated that he had very bad intent. If my camera had been working I would have had a good photo of him for the police, and we might have been able to identify him before this happened. I will always make sure that we have at least one working camera at all times. We bought another Bushnell trophy cam. It’s working perfectly. Pay attention to your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, listen. If I had ignored my instincts that day, things might have been very different.
On a lighter note: here is the most pesky critter that has visited in the last week or so. This elk has eaten literally hundreds of daylily blooms, over a dozen large hostas, lots of hydrangea blooms and even a gunnera, Yes I said a gunnera! Nothing eats those, this elk is crazy! He has been coming round the clock and often with a doe. He stands a couple of feet taller than our pick up truck. I have a netting over some of the hydrangeas now.
Who visits your yard?
Here’s a link to the original post: http://wp.me/p2kNeQ-fQ There are lots of wildlife candid camera photos.
PERSPECTIVE ON A GARDEN DISASTER June 29, 2013
I don’t know about you, but I always feel that my garden isn’t quite ready to be seen. I see all the things that need to be done instead of being able to appreciate how far we have come.
We were pretty happy with our 10 years of landscaping. January of 2009, Mother Nature called for a do over in the form of a flood and landslide coming off the mountain across the street. Many areas of our landscape are still suffering. In one section that we haven’t rehabbed yet, the weeds, mostly alder trees are taller than I am. That’s pretty overwhelming. Every once in a while I venture into that area to rescue some botanical treasure that has been buried by the weeds. I don’t know if we will get to that area, this year or next.
All these rocks…. where do you even start?
We’ve all heard it… when mother nature gives you lemons, make lemonade. Well, we have been, but it’s a lot of hard work.
We started by trying to rescue the lawn.
Re-landscaping… As difficult as all the rebuilding has been, it is better than it was before. OMG -We used to buy landscape rock, but Mother Nature delivered all sort of wonderful rocks. Sizes varied from small boulders to sand. We were able to fill the huge whole in the driveway without bringing in rock. We ‘shop’ around the property for rocks to define pathways. So many plants washed away or died over the next year from the trauma, since we weren’t able to un-earth every plant right away. The flooding also had some interesting side effects. We keep finding special plants in places that we didn’t put them. Flood waters distributed things in interesting places. There is also a new distribution of weeds. We never had stinging nettles on our property before, but they are here now. I want to learn to cook with them, but they scare me. I still remember exactly how much the stinging hurt from my childhood misadventures running into stinging nettles in the woods.
Since so much soil washed away, while we had the track hoe here, we had him dig a large hole that will become a pond. We used the soil to build new gardens and hopefully will build the pond in the next few years. It will be our biggest most challenging landscape project.
My takeaway from all this has been…
- be grateful for what you have, things can always be worse.
- enjoy the planning and process, not just the end result.
- work together
- keep shopping for plants ;-) there is always room for another
- a glass of Bailey’s Irish Cream and a long soak in a Jacuzzi tub is a great way to recover from a hard days work in the garden. ( My husband would prefer a cold beer.)
It’s going to be hot today, so I’m going to go out and work in the garden before the sun comes over the mountain. I’m planning to work hard and I’m already looking forward to the Bailey’s and a bath.
Have a great day, appreciate what you have!
Rhododendron ‘ruby parasol’ June 20, 2013
It’s funny how many times you can walk past something then one day you actually SEE it. That’s what happened when I walked through the garden today. Rhododendron ‘ruby parasol’ is an attractive little background shrub in our garden. We’ve had it for several years, but admittedly, I have never really paid attention to it, it was just there. This year it has distinguished itself and made me notice why we selected it and the very reason it was named ‘ruby parasol’.
This is a very young plant, as rhodies go. It has put on a lot of new growth this year and that is what makes it so interesting. The new growth emerges with a thick coating of gray velvety hairs and a blush of ruby color, before it fades to
a typical rhododendron leaf, later in the season. It’s a subtle evergreen beauty. I think the flowers are a medium pink, but I honestly don’t remember for sure. While writing this post, I searched it online and couldn’t find this particular variety. I don’t remember where we bought it. It’s been about 3 years ago and I can’t always remember what I had for breakfast.
It’s one of the ‘bones’ of the garden, quietly giving structure, shape and character to the garden all year. Today, it’s my favorite.
THE TINIEST PERENNIAL IN THE GARDEN… MAZUS June 14, 2013
Mazus ‘radicans’ is a really cool, low-growing perennial in the lopseed family, Phrymaceae. This plant is generally found in damp habitats in lowland or mountain regions of China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. (The previous info courtesy of Wikipedia) I don’t really know much about this plant except how it has preformed in my garden. I have never heard a nickname for it. In my garden it is in a pot that sits in the ground because it is so small, I was afraid it would get lost.
I first bought this in a 3″ pot, two years ago. It has the cutest little fuzzy stems and bronze spotted leaves. This is the first year that it has bloomed. The flowers are purple and white and more than double the size of the leaves.
I keep a cage over it because the bunnies find it very attractive.
In my garden it gets some sun mid to late in the day. It gets watered when it rains (in the pacific northwest it rains a lot). It’s not unusual to get down to 8 degrees f. around here in the winter, and it seems to come though that just fine.
It is considered to be a ‘steppable’, but it will not be used that way in our garden. It has the teeny tiniest leaf perennial in our garden. It would be a great, though slow growing perennial ground cover.
I love having it in my garden. Today… it’s my favorite.