Laura’s Spirea Bushes

 

My front yard has come to a vibrant life! With our annual posies framing our house front, a vibrant splash of color greets passers-by.  A few weeks ago I noticed how my Spirea   bushes have grown immensely since I received  them. Two years ago my co- worker, Laura Mulkigian gave me these full green beauties for my birthday. That day she also made me a strawberry cake and all the girls at lunch ate some in celebration. Every time I glance at these beauties, I’ll think of her. She recently passed away after a courageous battle with cancer, something I’m trying to come to terms with. ❤

 

 

 

Before

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Look at how tiny one of the bushes was!

 

After. Click on the link for picture from Microsoft Word. 

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It was our first year in our new house and I proudly planted them in front of our house, one on each side of the steps. These lovely shrubs host many small leaves  and have grown magnificently!  Both of them are spreading a few feet wide and are about two feet high.  In the beginning we didn’t realize how big these bushes would grow! We may have to cut them back so they don’t block our window.  I expect them to continue the growth spurt and as that happens I’ll replant my hostas to allow more breathing room. 

 

 

 

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As October dawned an autumn glow in hues of orange and reds, the bushes sported the same fiery colors.  Notice how the sky casts a pinkish color to match the scene. This was taken last fall. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spirea betulifolia TOR bushes flourish with tiny white  flowers in June even though the tag states that they bloom in the fall. I’m going to research  it and feed them fertilizer to help the blossoms. This year it mildly hosted just a few flowers so my future goal is to have full bushes of flowers of a beautiful veil of white.  It would be wonderful to see it bloom twice in the summer!

 

 

 

Do you have any unique bushes in your yard? Have they grown much larger than you expected? In coming years we’ll keep an eye on “ Laura’s bushes” and trim them if needed. I truly feel blessed that I have these to remind me of Laura. 

 

 

 

Happy days to you all and thanks for stopping by! It means the world to me to have such lovely ” pen pal” blogging friends! 

 

All My Best,

Heart and Soul ❤

 

 

 

 

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18 thoughts on “Laura’s Spirea Bushes

  1. So sorry to hear about your friend Laura, Mary. She sounds lovely. I have a rose bush from my very beloved Aunt Mary Ann and I treasure it since she’s been gone. Your house is so charming!! Would love to see more pics of your garden! Hugs hugs from here!

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    1. Thank you for your kindness, Rhonda. I bet your aunt’s bushe is beautiful!One of my next few posts will be of my vegetable garden with pictures. It’s soaked right now from a deluge of rain last night…it’s pure mud but it will dry out. Hugs to you!💕🌈

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  2. what a lovely gift to remember a dear friend with! Two of my top favourite creepers had vanished last year and then I found them in a friend’s garden because I had given her cuttings! it was a treasure trove to get back!

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