Saturday, May 17, 2014

Another Evergreen Unscathed by the Past Brutal Winter

Bird's Nest Spruce
I heard these die back in the middle, but I have  yet to see such behavior from this procumbent spruce.  Bird's nest spruce grows a scant couple feet high and in the course of nearly 15 years is less than three feet wide.  Given my infirmities I have yet to rake the leaves from its branches but it is preparing for bud break with absolutely no damage whatsoever.  It is planted on the east side of my house, next to the surely alkaline sandy soil leached from my very old foundation.  It is also in the rain shadow of my house, although that does protect it from prevailing winds.

Once it has bud break it is truly beautiful to behold.


  1. Congrats! I didn't mention in my post that we saw a lot of damaged evergreens at CBG yesterday.

  2. I wish you would have! As bloggers, I know we want to be upbeat and it is depressing, but I think we want to share what doesn't go right, especially as most bloggers who blog about their gardens are not just starting out. We have had many successes. When something fails for us, we need to let gardeners know. Otherwise beginners think it is just them, that they are the ones with a black thumb!