But try taking that (description only) to a nursery to find more! Ha!
|White berries in August|
Occasionally I would do a cursory search on the web trying to identify the shrub. No luck. I never could find a viburnum with white berries.
But (as my last post suggested) every now and then I get - very Very focused. And, with this season's drought and heat driving me into the house for hours, even days at a time, I decided this week that it was time to find that viburnum!
Every day I've searched. And by search, I mean looking at pictures of viburnums. Lots of pictures. Hundreds of pictures. I read fast and can examine pics even faster. Search after search - Google, Bing, Ask, etc.
There simply no viburnums with white berries. *sigh* So this morning I decided to change my search to 'shrubs with white berries'. I went through a plentitude of pics. Fast. Faster. Faste.... *whoa* Wait. Backup. There. Look at THAT! And THAT looked good.
I spent another 20 minutes cross checking pics, data, nurseries, etc.
Well. Son of a gun. I'd FOUND IT! (Only 10 years later.)
My brain got a nice bath of endorphins, which helped take my mind off of my burning eyes. I picked up my half-empty coffee cup, went outside, stood in front of the bush, saluted it with the cup and called the 'mystery viburnum' by name:
|Dogwood in bloom - late May|
DOGWOOD? The heck you say!
Yeah. Dogwood. Who knew... ;-/ Ya just can't believe everything a realtor tells ya.
*sheesh* Gray twigged dogwoods (cornus racemosa) are native to NE USA and Southern Canada, this drought/deer/heat/cold resistant 10-12' round shrub is an absolute MUST. So much so that, with the new-found info, I've collected a handful of ripe berries and will wintersow them next spring.** I mean, really. Who wouldn't want a more of these incredible, no care/no worry bloomers in the garden? Especially when you finally get to a first-name basis. *heh*
How do YOU use the internet to ID plants?
** OR ... I could just dig up some of the dogwood shoots sprouting in the lawn and pot them up! (The tall one *may* be a red-twigged from a neighboring shrub.)
I'll be watching these closely...