Wednesday, November 16, 2011
I may have mis-led you in my last post ‘Perfection in its Imperfection’. I have far more sad looking trees than just that Hinoki. Some I have excuses for. Some I don’t.
So in the interest of full disclosure, and by way of thanks to all those of you who have emailed me to offer stories of encouragement I bring you Frank.
Orphaned at a tender young age.
Rejected by hundreds.
Left to die in a corner.
A foreigner in a strange county (he is Austrian by birth).
Should do well in a loving home.
‘Frank’ Austrian black pine (Pinus nigra ‘Frank’).
(and yes this was another of my …”I think it needs me” purchases).
And then there are the assorted misfits thanks to non-selective deer pruning.
Meet ‘Stubby’ the Sekkan-sugi (Cryptomeria japonica 'Sekkan-sugi'). In his earlier life he shone like a golden beacon in this mixed border. Alas he shone a little too bright and the deer got him.
I have a dogwood with a Mohawk – the most two dimensional dogwood I have ever seen. Guess which way the deer pass by?
Now I should have known better when I planted the ninebark ‘Coppertina’ (Physocarpus opulifolius), but I was caught up in the moment as I saw its gorgeous foliage catch the light. The deer saw it too. It now looks like a funky brown poodle. A big pom-pom with two very tall ears. (Until very recently it was a nice tall shrub).
I think the Heuchera are just an experiment. After all the deer could have eaten them to stubs but seemed to have stopped after eating about a third of the plant. Or about one third of each of three plants to be exact. If more damage is done I’ll move them but I’m curious to find out what the deer’s decision is. The name of this variety is ‘Peach flambé’; guess they must have been dessert after the dogwood.
So there are the 'Charlie Browns' we have to take responsibility for because we bought them that way, and there are those which were in our care at the time of their mutilation. Either way they are conversation pieces.
But just how much conversation does one garden need….