The emergence of Norway Maples is overlooked. I don't believe I have gone three days without a mention of the tree's blooms but now we are in the first day or two following flower as the leaves emerge. Shortly these leaves will be fully expanded, casting a dominant shadow below. By mid-July, the margins of these leaves will be a crispy brown from the drought and heat of the summer and the rest of the leaf will most likely be covered in black tar like spots - a fungal disease.
Containers are a challenge for me. My aim with flowers not being to be a great florist but to engage in a process that allows me to learn camera skills and develop plant awareness - I feel very limited by my containers. Here, I had an idea of form, structure, color, and composition for an arrangement, but I feel the containers I had did not allow idea's articulation. I believe I subverted this in some way by using two separate container and staging the material as I did for the camera. This works for me as It still presents my ideas. As a "florist," I may not be satisfied by this.
Larix laricina. American Larch. Again looking to emergence, this specimen is growing up on top of the roof at Savarino Properties' building at 95 Perry Street. A simple container garden on a rooftop, we used the Larch for its needled texture and its tolerance of deeply cold temperatures. We believed that in an unprotected container planting, on a roof, rapid temperature fluctuations would be an issue.
Landscape designer and Proprietor of Buffalo Horticulture