a fallen kousa branch (and no vase big enough)
THE ONLY THING THAT WOULD HAVE MADE THIS MISHAP a little more bearable: if I’d had a vase big enough for the spectacular flower-covered branch I lost to storms from one of my Cornus kousa, or Korean dogwoods, last week. Come to think of it, I don’t even have ceilings tall enough to accommodate the 11-foot consolation prize indoors, vase or no vase. In other current Cornus kousa calamities here, the little variegated beauty called ‘Wolf Eyes’ has finally given it up to dogwood anthracnose, the devastating fungal disease that has taken out so many of our native flowering dogwood, Cornus florida. The kousas are typically a great disease-resistant alternative to C. florida–except for a few varieties, including ‘Wolf Eyes.’ Oops. Guess I found that detail out a little late.