Saturday, April 19, 2008

Got My Sambucus

But first, a sign you might find at the Electric Company:

"We would be delighted if you send in your payment.
However, if you don't, you will be."

I got me an elderberry that no one in Lincoln has--went to Omaha (where a fountain will be coming from, HUGE nursery, my lands). Sambucus racemosa 'Sutherland Gold.' I'm excited about this plant if it looks anything like Nan Ondra's . So, for $25 it's 18" tall and wide and in a 5 gallon container. Not bad, I think. Plus I hear it's a fast grower? Will it cross pollinate with the Black Lace thirty feet away? Sutherland is in front of some dark green cedars, beneath a tall mystery-deciduous tree, and behind a bench, where it's full glory will tickle one's cranium in a few years. Np pictures cuz it's pointless.

The garden is greening up (reddening and oranging and yellowing and pinking, too). A few first blooms on the Spiraea thunbergii 'Ogon' Mellow Yellow. Cascade willow leafing out. I planted some milkweed seeds today, enjoying the 68 degrees, sun, no wind, and no rain--we've had 4" in our yard over the last 8-9 days. Silly post this is. Move on, now.

7 comments:

Frances, said...

Hi Benjamin, not silly at all, just an excited gardener talking about his garden. No, not silly, it's what we love to read. I know the Sutherland Gold, we tried one once, put it in the wrong place, twice, and it finally said 'Enough'. My fault, totally. I went with Aurea after that which has grown to monsterous proportions. Black Lace came to be the boyfriend/girlfriend to Aurea, we are also hoping they hook up to give us some berries. Glad you are seeing some spring your way.

Nan Ondra said...

Congratulations, Benjamin! I send all good wishes that it will thrive for you. Unfortunately, I don't think you can expect 'Sutherland Gold' (a selection of Sambucus racemosa) to cross-pollinate with Black Lace (a selection of S. nigra). Seems to me that they bloom at different times (SG is budded up now for us, while the S. nigra cultivars bloom in late May, if memory serves).

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

That's one on my pipe dreams list. Glad you got yours.

Benjamin Vogt said...

Frances--Huh, didn't you recently write about this? How was it in the wrong location?
Nan--Ah, that makes sense. With these and my new viburnums, I feel introduced to a whole new level of (joyful) gardening complications. It's like a poem with layered iamgery an meaning and technique. Yes. That's it.
MMD--Well, your welcome to visit it here in Nebraska (or I'll post photos--may be easier). :)

Frances, said...

Hi Benjamin, I recently wrote about the S. Black Lace, twice I think. Sutherland Gold was way before blogging, (B.B.)

garden girl said...

I have black lace - got it last summer. I took some cuttings, and I'm hoping they'll root. Love those sambucas!

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Well, hey, you know what that means. You just need to get another racemosa and another nigra! (Permission to buy more plants... lol.)

Can't wait to see this monstrous fountain...