Oh, Plans. Yeah, Plans. Sigh.
Aloe pseudorubroviolacea plans to bloom
Plans don't always work out. The plan was that Ceanothus 'Ray Hartman', purportedly fast and large growing, would create a large shrub and provide screening and beauty and native bird habitat.
I planted 'Ray', and 'Ray' proceeded to sit and do zilch for two--or was it three--years. I believe during that time it got a new leaf, yes, a whole new leaf, said leaf that then died. It might have been a dining room chair for all the growth it put on. So I gave up on it, left it to die, and made other plans. I moved three 'Green Tower' boxwood into the space behind the non-growing 'Ray'.
Then, of course, 'Ray' decided to grow.
It changed its mind about dying
In the meantime, besides the boxwoods, I'd added another Ceanothus ('Valley Violet'), a rose, some dahlia tubers, and a dozen Hippeastrum bulbs.
So, do I move three 'Green Tower's, 'Valley Violet', a rose, some dahlia tubers, and a dozen Hippeastrum bulbs, or do I move 'Ray'? 'Ray' which is described as "sensitive to root disturbance".
Did you know that "sensitive to root disturbance" means if you move it, it will probably die?
It's being sensitive right now in its new spot. Maybe it changed its mind about dying again.
The thing of it is, when I dug it up I discovered it had hardly any roots at all. The ones it had were fresh, white, and healthy, but after years of sitting, I expected more roots than what would fit easily in a 4" pot. Grow or not, 'Ray'. I've got an Abelia 'Confetti' waiting for your spot.
And two more Callistemon 'Slims'. Because they looked great, fresh and were cheap. If your impulse buy works out, was it a plan after all?
In other places, I'm planning ahead, way ahead, because I'm worried 'Ivory Sheen' Pittosporum might suddenly die. A few P. tenuifoliums in the neighborhood--large established ones, have done just that.
So I planted one of the volunteer oak seedlings underneath it.
In about five years, if the oak survives, it will be a good long-term replacement for the Pitto. Maybe.
In the meantime, flowers to enjoy.
'Barcelona' is particularly enjoyable.
The new Liatris are doing very well. They need to be scattered around a bit. My plan for a mass planting might not work out.
Dwight Eisenhower is quoted as saying more than once that "Plans are worthless, but planning is everything." It may have been an old military aphorism.
Plans end up thrown out the window, but planning--thinking things through, thinking through options, thinking through what could go wrong, can create success. I wonder if Eisenhower gardened.
"Mrs. Eisenhower's favorite flowers are the Violet, the Gardenia, the Azalea, and the Gladiola. I am likewise fond of these particular flowers but my own favorite is the Rose and of all varieties the yellow Rose ranks first in my estimation." ....letter signed Dwight D. Eisenhower dated August 24, 1967