Podocarpus elongatus 'Monmal' 'Icee Blue Yellow-Wood'
Podocarpus 'Icee Blue' must die. I'm having the pond filtration upgraded, plumbed properly instead of the way it is plumbed, and hidden behind a wall, in a place now occupied by 'Icee Blue'. I had misgivings about planting 'Icee Blue' there five years ago, but I planted it anyway, and now it must die. Darn!
'Icee Blue' has been a beautiful spot of blue in the garden, growing slowly, demanding almost no water, behaving itself, trouble-free. An Arborist told me eventually, decades on, it would develop a very large root system and crack the retaining walls around it. So it was doomed from the start. Better I get it out now.
I really want that filter and pipe tangle corrected and hidden:
I've been trimming 'Icee Blue' because I'm going to try to move it--a promising spot has opened up where the gopher ate 'Camille Pissarro'--but moving a 10 foot (3 meter) tree, trimmed back or not, is a foolish idea. Only a gardener would attempt it. It's probably doomed. Still the soil around the root system is loose and easy to dig. I might be able to get enough root system, and cutting back the top growth might reduce stress, and we might get perfect cool weather next week, and we might have a cool, still, autumn...and I might be really lucky...so it might survive...or so I delude myself.
Very little leaf litter, even after five years and little water:
The Stephanotis floribunda on the trellis behind 'Icee Blue' might die, too. I cut it nearly to the ground and dug it up--the root system was pitiful, the top growth lush and healthy--and moved it down to the pergola, where I planted it and deep-soaked it. Up to you now, Stephie. There was a small Clematis 'Cezanne' in the ground there too, which I moved to a better spot. I've found if you simply keep a Clematis moist they are fairly hard to kill.
This kind of situation--when I must move or remove a plant that should never have gone in that spot in the first place--makes me vow to buy plants only for an intended spot. Then, enchanted, I buy a plant anyway, spot or no spot. My little victims. Now not so little.
I love it well enough to plant another (if I can find another) if (when?) this one dies. How can I not love it? It's blue!