Tuesday, January 21, 2014
A better blogger would have had a camera in hand to record the moment. Instead I chose to respect the dead and conduct a solemn, unrecorded removal. The giant Acacia pravissima is gone.
The one I planted too close to the house because I thought it would die; has died. Or at least it turned a funny color and all the leaves began to fall to the ground like confetti.
Sure I could have left it for awhile longer but the look of its leafless limbs was tearing at my heart. And let’s be honest, Andrew had wanted to get rid of it for awhile now (that whole too close to the house thing). Here it is February of last year, I can't believe how much it grew last summer! It was over the roof…
As you can see in this photo taken during the December freeze.
I had hopes it would come back from the roots, maybe a wild patch of suckers! That’s why we left a bit of trunk too. But talking with Paul Bonine of Xera Plants he squashed that dream saying Acacia’s with phyllodes will do no such thing. With what? New word for me!
Phyllode – a laterally flattened photosynthetic blade.
While I am sad it’s no longer there to wave at me through the bedroom window I completely expected that it would die when the temperatures dropped, in fact I didn’t expect it to live as long as it did. Still it’s strange to look along the back side of the house and actually be able to see the loquat.
Since we’re already on a depressing topic let’s look at more plant death shall we? Isn’t this a striking look for a Trachycarpus?
And how about this Libertia (in front of the Nolina), I really preferred the bronzy/orange tones pre-freeze (this is just one of 5…I really had no idea this plant was so tender)…
Do you think the Abutilon hybrid will bloom this summer? Ya, probably not.
Phormium ‘Tom Thumb’ fooled me into thinking he was gonna make it, he looked fabulous for a month. Now this (the leaves should be green with a brown edge)…
Stems of the Euprhorbia stygiana are starting to flop over and the whole plant has taken on a bizarre coloration.
It would be beautiful if this was fall color, but it’s not.
The tips on Callistemon pallidus 'Blue Foliage’ died back pretty rapidly. Now the whole plant is drying up and the leaves are curling.
Whenever we’ve dipped into the low 20’s/high teens C. ‘Clemson’ has shown damage, however this event takes it to a new level…
The most surprising Callistemon damage however is on ‘Woodlander's Hardy Red’. I thought this one was bullet proof, it’s not.
I think we’ll stop here, I could go on but that wouldn’t be good for either one of us.
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