Innes Kasanof, a gardener in the Catskills, recently emailed Joan Kutcher, director of the Mountain Top Arboretum regarding the Stewartia growing there. Joan informed her, “Stewartia pseudocamillia . . . is a gorgeous tree with a moderate growth rate. Full or part sun, protect from very windy conditions. Likes a spot that is a bit moist and has plenty of organic slightly acidic soil. Makes a great specimen tree, planted toward the edge of a woodland to give it some protection.” The Mountain Top Arboretum is in the Catskills, but I don’t know exactly what zone they are in, and their website doesn’t say. Thank you, Innes, for sharing this info, and alerting me to another good plant place in upstate NY.
Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.
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