Location location location

 We are told when we are considering where to live that the important thing to take into account is \”Location\”. This is often interpreted to describe the desirability of a particular area and can have a considerable effect on the price of a home! However location can also be about nearest shops, schools etc or ease of commute to our place of work.

I wonder is it time for me to start applying some of this Location logic to where I place plants – particulaly plants with a potential to grow big! I suppose when I began the garden in 2009 I was in such a hurry to fill this 0.6 of an acre with plants as quickly as possible that I gratefully accepted lots and lots of plants from gardening friends – particularly plant swaps when we had our get-togethers and so my gardening friends are part of the fabric of my garden! 

In my haste to develop the borders I didn\’t often research the potential height and spread of some things so now I find I am moving stuff to better locations or biting the bullet and getting rid of others – always a painful process for a gardener. 

I find I can also fall out of love with some plants, while others are tolerated like spoiled children when they set out for domination of the entire garden! I have definitely fallen out of love with Cordalines for example, and I definitely am over-indulgent when it comes to Japanese Anemones.

However, sometimes, probably more by accident than good planning a plant ends up in a really good location. This Cordaline is a case in point. It was the smallest of 3 seedlings I got from Elizabeth in 2009 and it was the only survivor of Winter 2010 and it branched rather nicely too! 

So I am prepared to tolerate the proliferation of leaves that it sheds all over the lower part of the garden for months on end! It is now too tall for me to be able to easily remove these dead leaves but it makes such a great statement against the skyline particularly in winter!

On the other hand, the first cousin of this tree has been planted in a really bad place and irritates me every time I walk past it! I have been trying to remember how I came to plant it and Osmanthus Burkwoodii within a foot of each other? Or did I just plant the Osmanthus Burkwoodii and did the Cordaline self-seed? I really can\’t remember. 

But I do know that I had no idea that the Osmanthus would grow so tall! Of course it is also possible that the Osmanthus would not have shot up so tall if it hadn\’t to compete with the Cordaline! Anyway, the Cordaline is for the chop and lets see how the Osmanthus does then!

My daughter says there will be no trees left in the garden if the Covid restrictions last much longer! I\’m choosing to put a more positive construction on it – being confined to the garden I have the opportunity to examine details that I may have overlooked in busier times and I have the time to remedy previous errors!

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