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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?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.