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Magnolia Loebneri ‘Wildcat’ is Budding

Magnolia Loebneri ’Wildcat’ is starting to bud

Magnolia Loebneri ‘Wildcat’ is budding and is also getting quite a lot of visitors 🌳🐦🌸. If you’re looking for a tree that puts on quite a show while staying on the smaller side I can recommend this one.

It blooms in early spring with huge, white flowers that are big as a hand, smell heavenly and bloom for weeks.

The tree gets 7-10′ (2-3m) tall and slightly less wide. It prefers sun or part shade and can be planted in US zones 4-8 (Swe zones 1-3).

Giant bird feeder from Wildlife Garden

The bird feeder that we got a few weeks ago is doing it’s job! We’ve got tons of small birds in the garden while the bigger ones are staying away.

Planting a Black Cherry Plum in Late Fall

Black cherry plum (Prunus cerasifera ‘Nigra’), Rhododendron, Hydrangea ”Limelight”, Vinca minor

It might not look like much right now but this Black cherry plum will bring a bold dark red contrast to the garden. I can’t wait till spring when it will bloom with delicate light pink flowers.

It gets 15-20 ft tall and wide (4-6m) which is on the bigger side for a small garden. It prefers sun but can take some shade. Hardiness zone US 4-9 (Sweden 1-3).

I’ve planted plenty of trees and shrubs in fall. Mid October is when the garden center have their sales and it’s a good time to get bigger plants that usually cost a bit. So far I’ve had great luck with all the plants I got in the fall, like the Rhododendron and the Hydrangea ’Limelight’ in the picture.

Cleaning Out Oak Leaves from the Garden

The big oak trees above my garden dropped their leaves over night and made a huge mess. At the same time I’m happy that they’re all gone and I can clean it up in one day.

Oak leaves don’t decompose for at least 2 seasons
Hydrangea ’Limelight’ still looking pretty at the end of the boardwalk

I usually leave most leaves in the flower beds over winter. They make a great mulch and provide protection for the plants. Oak tree leaves however don’t decompose for at least two seasons and look quite messy during that time. So I try to get rid of them during fall.

All nice and tidy!

Smooth Serviceberry ”Snowflakes’ – a tree for a small garden

Amelanchier Laevis ’Snowflakes’

The serviceberry glows in the morning sun. It has just begun to turn color and the orange and red leaves are looking beautiful.

We planted this tree in early spring. It’s still quite small but has already given us a taste what it will bring in terms of year-round interest: pretty white blooms in spring, red berries in the summer and gorgeous colors in the fall.

It’s a perfect tree for a small garden since it only gets 13-15 feet tall and wide.

It can grow in sun to part shade. I did read that it needs full sun to get the prettiest fall colors. However, mine get only 6h sun a day and it doing just fine.