The Arch City Gardener

Journeys In St. Louis Gardening and Beyond

The unfurling, unfolding, uncurling of spring


This is my favorite time to marvel at the emerging plant growth in my gardens. The grass is greener, birds are nesting and all around nature is doing her thing.

Perhaps my favorite is the unfurling of ferns fronds. In a matter of days they go from brown stumps to tightly wound circles of green to soft graceful beauty.

The paperback maple has started its peeling of cinnamon bark. There are no leaves on its branches but I think that’s the point. The main attraction is its paper-thin bark curling away.

Also in a mere matter of days, the Japanese maple shed its leaves and its new leaves are unfolding. I’d been watching the tree for some time, wondering if there was something wrong with it. I didn’t recall it retaining its brown, shriveled leaves for so long.

A few leaves remain on the branches of the Japanese maple.

While I’m at it, here are a few more shots from the garden. I hope your garden treasures are as delightful to watch. Thanks for reading.


Author: mjarz

Welcome to the Arch City Gardener. My name is Mimi and I started this blog to share my journeys in learning to garden in St. Louis County, Missouri and learn more from my readers who garden. Thanks for reading The Arch City Gardener.

7 thoughts on “The unfurling, unfolding, uncurling of spring

  1. So beautiful to see! šŸ™‚

  2. I should go out and get a picture of the blue gum!
    Paper bark maple does not do well here. I do not know why. I suspect that it prefers more of a chill in winter. Minimal humidity does not seem to bother the foliage, but I am not certain about that. There is one at work that has a disfigured canopy, but the canopy is up above the eaves, leaving the picturesque trunk and limbs within view.

    • I love the clumping trunk on this tree. It is planted near my patio where I can look at its branches as its foliage is, in my opinion, only so so

      • A clumping trunk would be better, since that it what is grown for. ours has only a single arching trunk downstairs, and splits into two more curvaceous trunks upstairs. I do not expect the canopy to look like much, but I do want it to be healthy and not be unsightly, like it had been. I almost cut it down to let it start over from the ground, but I am pleased that I did not.

  3. Is that last picture sweet woodruff? I’ve been thinking about getting some.

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