It felt suspiciously cold Wednesday morning. But, the day was not bad. The sun showed up, and I ran to the garden to do some replanting, replacing and refreshing.
A new Japanese maple was planted:
Two Japanese plum yews replaced two old azalea trees in blue belly pots. The azaleas were bought 5 or 6 years ago to decorate the house in December and were successfully moved outside after the holidays. Trained into trees, with braided stems, they stood on our back porch:
By now, the azaleas lost their attractiveness and needed to go. At least, to go somewhere in a less prominent spot in the garden. I'll give them another chance, trim them and we'll see if they like it. Here is the old and new back porch. Before - on the left, after - on the right.
I bought the Japanese plum yews (Cephalotaxus H. 'fastigiata') at this year's Northwest Flower and Garden Show. It's an evergreen, slow growing, upright vase-shaped plant with large green needles. It grows 6-10 feet tall and 4 feet wide. I plan to prune it to keep it suitable for the pots' size. So far, the plants look a bit small for these wide pots, so I plan to underplant them with annuals.
Meanwhile, the weather changed, and after 6 p.m. we had pea-sized hail bombing our spring garden. It was not a usual hail storm of one-two minutes. The Wednesday hail storm lasted 30 minutes! It was very dense and furious. We couldn't believe our eyes. Hail was falling and falling and falling. It turned to snow after a half an hour, and everything around got white. Hello, April!
I am sure that my pansies will survive:
The tulips look bad. They were hit by snow in March, never recuperated after it, and now they have been bitten again.
The daffodils look good, at least now:
It's still cold on Thursday morning. Nothing melted at night.
I was right - there was something suspicious in the air Wednesday morning.
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