Adenanthos cuneatus 'Coral Drift' 2019 Update
Coastal Australian native Adenanthos cuneatus 'Coral Drift' looks particularly good this year. This plant has gotten almost no attention since being planted, but slowly has become more and more beautiful with the passage of time.
Merging with Grevillea lanigera 'Coastal Gem' on the right
I could not remember exactly how long the Adenanthos has been in the garden, but the blog provided the answer: July, 2011. That's a fairly long time to ignore a plant. It has never been cut back or groomed in any way.
'Coral Drift' was long ignored because 2011 was the start of the miserable drought we suffered until the winter of 2016-17, (a drought that returned for a curtain call in the winter of 2017-18). The plant spent the drought struggling to survive. I discovered in 2013 its irrigation was cut off, and corrected that situation, enabling 'Coral Drift' to survive if not thrive. It improved significantly due to the rainy winter of '16-'17, and became a real beauty thanks to the miracle winter just past.
You can be something wonderful without anyone noticing. It happens with plants, as well as humans. Those who bray for attention every moment may not be worthy of it. Those who quietly get the job done are too often overlooked.