Slow?

Metrosideros 'Springfire' September 2014.  Planted from a one gallon in February 2014.
The same Metrosideros 'Springfire', February 2018
 Slow?  I think it is doing pretty well considering 2014-2016 were drought years.  Last year was rainy.  This year is dry again, unfortunately--so dry the garden isn't doing much.  The gardener--the same. 

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  1. Looks like a winner to me. I wish there were a dwarf version of this....

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    1. Be careful what you wish for: Metrosideros kermadecensis 'Tahiti' aka Metrosideros villosus 'Tahiti'. 3'x3'.

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  2. We have had a couple of terrible drought years too. I think this plant is doing quite good. Maybe not as fast as you expected but it still looks nice. Maybe this year will give it the moisture to grow as you wish it to.

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    1. Better than I expected, really. I don't expect much. ;^)

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  3. I hope my 'Springfire' does nearly as well! It got the benefit of the heavier rain last year so this year is a trial by drought.

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    1. I think yours may do better because they like the ocean close by.

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  4. Looks like far from slow. Spring will be here soon to get us all going...

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  5. Had never seen Aloe 'Hercules' in bloom before Gerhard's recent pics from the Ruth Bancroft Garden. Given the growth yours has put on, you could see the same in a few seasons (especially if they're not as terrifyingly dry as this one). That's one plant that evokes your garden for me.

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    1. It's getting so tall the birds will have a much better view than us! A mockingbird has built a nest in it. Nice to have one singing so close.

      Terrifying indeed; we may end up under 2" for the rain year that started October 1. That's Death Valley's annual average.

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