fireworks! the bottlebrush buckeye celebrates
AS IF IT KNOWS THAT FIREWORKS ARE CALLED FOR this weekend, the biggest old bottlebrush buckeye here, Aesculus parviflora (above), is in full bloom. Pow! A 15-foot-wide by 12-foot-tall mass of high energy, with each bloom more than a foot tall. Happy Fourth of July from me and my beloved old shrub (whose dramatic tale you can read here).