This area is a constant thorn in my side:
The peeling paint doesn't help, of course. I inherited the Hebes when we moved in, along with a large Rosemary shrub. The largest of the Hebe’s is dying out in the center, the Rosemary up and died a couple of years ago. We purchased the Trachycarpus fortunei. It went it in a pot because I was having a hard time with the placement and getting over the absence of the huge Rosemary, in the pot the small palm had more substance. We were supposed to put it in the ground later that year; it’s still in the pot. Now my rational is that when we paint our house (in the fall? In the spring? Soon!) we will also paint this wall, which is the side of our neighbors garage, and the palm will go in the ground then. Until then…I try not to look too close.
The Euphorbias are but a mere shadow of their former glorious selves as I finally cut the fading seed spewing bloom stalks off, boring:
In the back where a Euphorbia was (and still is – but the new growth is so small it disappeared) I’m waiting for the Colocasia and Banana to kick it into fourth gear to give height back to the space. But for now it’s all wrong.
When this mood hits I start mentally reworking things. Maybe it’s time to tear out this Euphorbia (I’ve got plenty of others) and get something new? Something with height and substance, perhaps another Tetrapanax like below, a current fav – how could it not be? look at loose leaves! Or I’ve been admiring a Cotinus (smoke bush) on my drive to work…maybe I need to take the plunge and get one of those?
Yikes what am I saying! This is not something I want to do right now. I just wrapped up all of my reworking/recovery from last winter’s destruction.
So I decided to stop by Garden Fever on my way home last night. I only had a half hour until they closed, enough time to look around and maybe find a “pick me up plant” but not enough time to get into real trouble. Well, the gods were smiling on me!! Look what I found:
They had more Colocasia Gigantea, the same fabulous monster plant that Megan posted about earlier in the week. I was green with envy at her find but now I have one too! Yea! Plant lust fulfilled.
So what’s your solution when you look around your garden and are not pleased with what you see (assuming this happens to all of us at some point, god I hope it’s not just me…) Do you just deal with it, knowing it will pass? Do you go to the nursery, buy more plants and come home and start tearing things out and rearranging? Do you pour yourself a glass of wine and try to forget about it?