Weeping White Spruce New Spring Growth - May 2022
Every year, we go on a little vacation to Wisconsin or somewhere else where we find ourselves away from our house for a number of weeks in a row. Each year, I try to set up an irrigation system that provides enough water to allow for the plants, shrubs and trees - as well as the grass - to simply survive.
In most years, we usually get a LITTLE lucky and get a rain event once or twice while we're gone and most everything survives.
Last year, we went on vacation in the middle of the Summer and weren't lucky enough to have that rain event. Couple that with a REALLY dry Spring (Drought) and my sprinkler setup not covering EVERYTHING and we have things die out.
One of the specimens who suffered last year was the Weeping White Spruce columnar tree that is planted on the southside of our beds, near the Lindens that are espalier'd. By mid-July last year, it was showing a bunch of needle drop - when we came back from vacation. And by September, it had gotten worse. Dead branches in a bunch of spots - including (gulp) the leader. But, by Fall (October) it seemed to have stabilized and stopped dropping needles. I was hopeful.
This Spring, I went out and pruned all the dead branches away. And lop'd off the dead leader in hopes of providing for a new, healthy leader.
This week, as I was on one of my morning garden walks, I was happy to see a flush of new growth on this columnar tree. See below for the light greenish/bluish growth on the tips of the branches:
Really nice to see, right? I went in for a closer look. And sure enough....right where I pruned-off the dead apical meristem...what do we have? See below:
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