It's the last Friday of the month and you know what that means...favorites! Well they were favorites, last year. Now I just don't know...this month I'm featuring a few things that I fear may not be returning to grace my garden for another summer. Sure there are plants that are late to leaf out, like the Albizia julibrissin ‘Summer Chocolate’ shown below. It seems to take forever. But the rest of these, well, tell me what you think...
That stick belongs to a Colutea, whether it's Colutea x media (as I bought it labeled) or Colutea arborescens as I suspect it is (based on the flower color) I don't care...I just want to see some sign of life!
This is what it looked like on April 4th last year when I bought it. Now granted it was in a greenhouse...
But shouldn't there be something?
I want these great seed pods again this summer!
My Paulownia tomentosa is just sticks too. I cut it back (I'm not sure if enough to technically qualify as pollarding, but close) early in the month. I'm out there every day looking for some sign of life.
I want big leaves again!
This group of sticks is a Teucridium parvifolium...
There were lots more, prettier, sticks last summer.
And tiny leaves. The Cistus Nursery description says: "...Evergreen in USDA zone 9 and upper zone 8; resprouts from the bottom of zone 8." We saw 24F, but there was snow and ice. Surely it will return?
This one really bums me out - Begonia Pedatifida. Should the rhizomes be that exposed? I don't know. They were in the container when I bought it, but I piled mulch over them for winter. There are no signs of life!
None here either.
This is what the first one looked like when I bought it last April, and I've seen images from others around town who have fully leafed out plants.
Oh the sadness!
There's a Gunnera perpensa in there. Somewhere. Hopefully.
Will I see gorgeous leaves like these again?
Finally, Passiflora lutea, which I'm sweating a bit simply because you don't find it in these parts, although it seems to be all over in the Eastern US. I mail-ordered two plants last year, and left those squiggly stems in pace to remind me where this one was planted (the other is near the base of my Trachycarpus fortunei, where there's no chance of my accidently digging it up).
Last years leaves. So is there anything you're worried might not be returning in your garden?
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