1 Late October, 2013 - service locate markings prior to the planting of our tulip tree by the city. The 'northern' garden on the far side of our sidewalk (where the silver maple used to stand) was dug and planted just a few weeks earlier.
2 On October 29, 2013 our new tulip tree was delivered. It wasn't much to look at.
3 A few days later the tree stands ~9 feet tall all by itself on a frosty lawn.
4 May 23, 2014 the tulip tree bed has been expanded and made ready for new perennials. The first leaves seem rather sporadic.
5 May 27 - the special orders from Vineland Nurseries have been planted. Clockwise from bottom left: Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), Prairie Coneflower (Ratibida columnifera), Prairie Sun (Rudbeckia hirta 'Prairie Sun', Tickseed (Coreopsis lanceolata), Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum).
6 In a couple of weeks, after the planting, the mulch was down, and all we could do then was water and wait.
7 Of all the new plants in this garden, the Tickseed was the most thirsty. But it was the first to give a good show (this is June 22). At the bottom left is the clearly identifiable foliage of Prairie smoke. Top middle is foliage that should have been of Prairie coneflower but isn't. I never did see flowers for either of these latter two. I suspect that the top one is actually a Black-eyed Susan, because that's the kind of flower I found blooming there later.
8 By end of June our tulip tree leaves were full out and healthy. They seem gangly to me, and their gatherings, disorderly.
9 The Prairie Sun is sturdy and profuse and bloomed from July into October.
10 The Prairie Sun has gorgeous flowers, aptly named.
11 After a month, the Tickseed was going to seed but still coming out with new buds.
12 After its first season of growth in our garden, the tulip tree turns colour.
13 April 2015, the tulip tree is visibly larger than when it was planted. In the garden, new growth is already starting to spring up through last year's stubble.
14 This is, I think, a Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia Hirta) that has mistakenly grown in place of the Prairie coneflower.
15 Three wild flower yellows in one shot: Tickseed, Yarrow and Black-eyed Susan. Unfortunately, the Prairie Sun that I had to replant this year (it is effectively an annual) turned out to be something else, not nearly so lovely.
16 The second year garden still proudly showing its produce. My wife would prefer that I cleaned this up every year, but I like the sculptural interest, expecially in the snow.
17 Two years growth of the tulip tree (May 2016). In the first shot (2014) the tip is even with the peak of the house.
18 In May of 2016 I visited Nettlecreek Nursery and picked up a native Creeping euonymus, Pink chelone, and two types of milkweed
19 In 2016, the Yarrow is still self-contained, three of the originals are no more and the Tickseed has been divided and spread around.
20 By lopping off the tops of the Tickseed, every time it went to seed, I managed to get a few more bursts of bloom that summer.
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H.James Company is the business name for the renovation services of Henry de Jong since 1991. Services have been offered as sub-contractor and as contractor, but primarily as a professional craftsman working alone. Working on small to medium size jobs allows a personal committment to executing every detail with the same care, and to working one job at a time, on a steady and predictable schedule.