Thursday, November 10, 2011

Red branches

We were so pleased when we found these manzanitas last spring and even more so when they lived through their first summer.  We read up that they like mulch and overhead water, just like they have in their natural habitat.  Their red branches are just lovely and a welcome addition not only to the general color scheme but to the fall coloring as well.

The branches on the red twig dogwood color up even before the leaves.  It is so interesting that they gradually turn green as the weather warms then back to red as it cools down again.  These branches are so useable as the best way to keep the shrub is to cut the branches back to the ground.  I have learned to do that selectively so there are always fresh bright red branches each winter. 

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