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One of These Things…

July 19th, 2017

When I replanted the front foundation garden, I wanted a hedge of ‘Annabelle’ hydrangeas across the front of the house with a row of boxwood below the rock wall in front of the hydrangeas. The goal was a monchromatic garden with only a few varieties of plants to make this area by the front door more calm and peaceful.

I had one hydrangea that I brought from Ohio. Since I wanted the garden to mature quickly, I decided to buy two more to fill the space rather than wait for ones I propagated to mature.

Annoyingly, one of the hydrangeas is not an ‘Annabelle’ at all. In fact it has golden foliage and lacecap flowers. It stands out between the two ‘Annabelle’ shrubs. It’s not an ugly plant, in fact I quite like the golden foliage and the little flowers. It will have to be moved though, because it doesn’t complete the look I was going for.

The good thing is that the flanking shrubs are large enough that I should be able to simply start layering the branches towards the middle to fill in the gap. It will take a few more years, but I won’t have to risk buying another plant and ending up with the same problem.

Have you ever had a plant not end up being what it was supposed to be?

4 Comments to “One of These Things…”
  1. bonnie knox on July 19, 2017 at 8:22 am

    How disappointing!
    I don’t think I’ve gotten a plant that was not what it was supposed to be although the nursery did have the ‘Edith Bogue’ magnolia I bought labeled as ‘Edith Bogus.’ I assumed it was just an error on the label. (I found it amusing.)

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  2. Nebraska Dave on July 19, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Susy, yes, every year I buy two Early Girl tomato plants from the nursery to get early tomatoes before the main crop comes in. This year the early girl tomatoes turned out to be cherry tomatoes of some kind. I got early tomatoes but just not very big. It was a great disappointment for me.

    Have a great day in the garden.

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  3. Jodiana on July 19, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    I have had that happen to me 2 yrs in a row with sun sugar cherry tomatoes. Last yr I bought from a friend’s nursery and got sweet 100’s. This year I bought from a box store and they are turning out to be pear tomatoes. Not even sure of the color yet.

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  4. Annie on July 22, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Ooooh yes. It actually happens a lot. The most annoying was when the shrub labeled as growing to a height of 2-3′ turned out to grow into a gigantic shrub. Unfortunately I had planted them where I wanted a low border.

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