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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day to my Mum!

Happy Mother's Day Mum!
All year I've been working on my Mum's gift; fertilizing her favorite shrub, to make it the most beautiful today!

This magnificent shrub is the Vanhoutte Spirea (Spiraea x vanhouttei, hardy in zones 3-8). It's just amazing to see.

We've had this shrub for a couple of years now - purchased in a 1 qt pot at about 6 inches. In just these two years it's at 4', and expected to grow to 6 or more feet.

This Spirea is not to be confused with the Bridal Wreath Spirea (Spiraea prunifolia, hardy in zones 5-9), which happens often. They are both quite similar, but the Bridal Wreath is stiffer and doesn't cascade like the Vanhoutte.

Mum's a spirea fan, so we have both in our yard, along with about six Anthony Waterer Spireas which bloom throughout the summer months in a beautiful shade of dark pink, that turns to lighter pink as the blooms are spent. If you trim the Anthony Waterer throughout the summer and it will re-bloom as new growth develops. Oh too cool!

So I wish you a very Happy Mother's Day Mum!!! I'm happy to fertilize your plants anytime :)


  1. I khan see all your efFURts have paid off!

    Happy Mother's Day to your mom!


  2. So we don't have a bridal's veil bush - we didn't know! But we'll forget and probably keep calling it that!

    Happy Mother's Day to your mum, Johann! You have one of the best moms in the world!!!

  3. thats too sweet Johann - a gift that keeps on giving..
    your pal, Morgan


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