June 04, 2014

In love with my doublefile viburnums!

Lilacs vs. doublefile viburnums


Not really a fair contest for me. I actually like the scent and bloom colours of lilacs but they (lilacs) are two week wonders. What do you have after the flowers turn brown? Yes, you get a green blob for the rest of the summer, culminating with a boring yellow autumn "show" which really isn't. Still, customers are buying lilacs like toilet paper on sale (selling anything flowering is child's play it seems) so what do I know?

And yet...

Viburnum plicatum Popcorn doublefile viburnum by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Viburnum plicatum "Popcorn"
("Popcorn" doublefile viburnum) 


Mid-may usually means viburnums are blooming in Toronto. I won't show a picture of my Viburnum lantana "Mohican" bloom because my brother in law has scarred me forever by mentioning that he smelled, er, semen when the wayfaring tree was recently blooming next to our deck.

Thank you, Mike!

Instead, I'm posting a few pictures of other viburnums (3 doublefile, one not) that reside in the Lee-Jung backyard.

Sorry, no lilacs!

Viburnum sargentii Onondaga Sargent viburnum by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Viburnum sargentii "Onondaga"
("Onondaga"  Sargent viburnum) 


Popcorn doublefile viburnum plicatum blooms by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
No, not a hydrangea but a viburnum!
"Popcorn" doublefile viburnum blooms 

Popcorn doublefile viburnum plicatum by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Popcorn" doublefile viburnum
(Viburnum plicatum "Popcorn")

Viburnum plicatum Popcorn doublefile viburnum blooms by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Viburnum plicatum "Popcorn"
("Popcorn" doublefile viburnum blooms) 


Shasta doublefile viburnum plicatum f tomentosum blooms by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Shasta" doublefile viburnum
(Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum "Shasta")


Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum  "Summer Snowflake" ("Summer Snowflake" doublefile viburnum) by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum 
"Summer Snowflake"
("Summer Snowflake" doublefile viburnum)
in front a client's house

Viburnum plicatum f tomentosum Summer Snowflake doublefile viburnum by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum
"Summer Snowflake" doublefile viburnum