My spicebush is blooming! Only
a mother–I mean, a gardener–could be so happy about the blessed event.
See:Well–ahem–yes, they are rather small. Try this: Okay, let’s really zoom in:
What’s so great about spicebush?The Plantsmen Nursery in 2012. It was blooming in the pot, but it hadn’t bloomed since.
Until this year.
I was beginning to wonder if something was wrong. Were cold temperatures in the winter killing the buds? Was it in too much shade? Was it too dry? Now that it has bloomed, I don’t worry so much about these things. Being planted in the Secret Garden, it isn’t being coddled with perfect soil and perfect lighting, and it just needed to grow up a little before flowering again.
My main reason for planting a spicebush was aesthetic. I wanted that ethereal loveliness in my early spring garden. I try to plant only plants native to northeast North American in the Secret Garden, and when I saw it in Ithaca, which is about an hour and a half from my garden, I was pretty sure it would do well here. Other reasons to plant Lindera benzoin? It is the preferred larval host of the spicebush swallowtail butterfly (Papilio troilus). Promethea silkmoth (Callosamia promethea) and Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) larva also feed on spicebush. Birds love the berries, but spicebush is dioecious, so I would need a second shrub of the opposite sex to get berries. One day… Oh, I almost forgot–in the fall the foliage turns a glorious gold.
Right now it’s a shrub only a gardener could love, but just give it ten years.
Posted for Wildflower Wednesday, created by Gail of Clay and Limestone, to share wildflowers/native plants no matter where you garden in the blogasphere. “It doesn’t matter if we sometimes show the same plants. How they grow and thrive in your garden is what matters most. It’s always the fourth Wednesday of the month!”