Ah, this latest faux-pas is certainly not one you’ve ever committed! I’m here to share so you’ll never have to experience the great question of…“What the hell was I thinking?”
Or the closely related…“where the hell am I going to put that?” I know, you go plant shopping with a clear head right? Never swayed by emotion. But you see I wasn’t plant shopping! I went to the Big Orange Box because I needed some hardware that our local guys (Beaumont Hardware, a swell little store) were out of. Naturally my car parked in front of the nursery area (seriously, this is unavoidable…I didn’t even think about where to park) and like walking through a garden I had to survey the plants, smelling, touching, considering. Not because I intended to buy anything mind you. Then I spotted the sad pallet of marked down ‘Summer Chocolate' Mimosa Trees (Albizia julibrissin). I love these trees and they’re usually so expensive! And these looked so sad, some were no more than sticks, their leaves long gone. The rest were thirsty, their tiny leaves curling inward. I had no intention of buying one…proof being that I didn’t even take a photo of them there at the store! (I always have my camera with me for blogging emergencies). And besides they’re trees for god sakes! You can’t just tuck one in a border now can you? I wished them luck and walked into the store. Once my mission was accomplished I still had a nagging feeling that I was forgetting something. I looked at my list, nope, nothing missed. I stood there and thought for a moment and realized what it was. I then walked back out to the nursery and picked out a Chocolate Mimosa Tree. Funny I never even stopped to wonder if it would fit in my car (it did). Or give a thought to where I was going to plant it. Something you might want to consider when buying a tree that will reach 30 ft tall and wide, and drops A LOT of debris. So don’t do this. Resist the power of the plant. For the record I’m blaming it on the marketing! How’s a girl supposed to resist a plant label with the word ‘chocolate’ on it… And actual photo of luscious chocolate?