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OOOPS!!!! I BOUGHT A TREE....

llew

By llew

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So, there I am, merrily pottering away in my garden but getting really annoyed by the spare bit of bed underneath where some leylandi had been cut back. I knew there was room for a couple of shrubs but I needed to improve the soil first.

So, off I trot to the GC to get me some bags of muck. I wouldn’t need much as it’s only a small space so I bought 3 bags. Now, I had no intention of buying any plants yet, but as usual, my willpower stayed at home. I wasn’t sure what would survive in the space but I figured that both Buddliea and Cornus were pretty tough customers, so I bought one of each.

As I have a Cornus Kesselringii with black stems and dark leaves, I thought I’d get a variagated one with red stems, so the Elegantissima jumped into my trolley.

The buddliea is (apparently) a more compact one than normal and doesn’t get as leggy, only growing to 170cms, which suited fine. I have a purple one, but this one is bicoloured. It starts off purple and then goes red. He’s only a tiny little fella at the mo though, about 12 inches. It’s ‘Flower Power’ and I can’t wait to see it grow.

Anyway, I thought that would be enough, allowing for growth and all that. Then….I saw this lovely, tall, graceful foilage waving at me in the breeze. I was compelled to go look. I mean, it would have been rude not to, wouldn’t it? “Ahh”, I thought. “I know this plant. I wonder if I could fit it in” and with that, it also jumped into my trolley.

I paid for my purchases and came home to set to with my muck spreading. I dug, I dug some more and then – I dug a bit more. I got out all sorts of old roots and dead remainders of other poor plants that had long since gone to plant heaven, incorporated the muck and finally, the ground was ready. Then I realised that I couldn’t actually fit all 3 plants in the space, lol. Rethink was needed. I definitely wanted the Cornus in the space and I was going to put the Buddliea at the opposite end to the purple one but I knew the tall, graceful one would look better. But then…something clicked in my ‘not working on all cylinders’ brain. I had a feeling that the plant I ‘saw’ in my mind was not what I’d bought, so I googled. Yep! I was right. Gawd knows what I thought I’d got, but I’d actually bought a TREE! An Acacia Longifolia to be exact. Doh!!!!!

Now, confusion sets in. Some web sites say I’m looking at a tree that can reach 30ft in 5 years and others say it’s a tall shrub, so I’m a bit clueless, lol. Either way, if any of you have seen the pics of my garden, you’ll know I have no room for a tree, lol. I shall have to keep this pruned back somehow whether it likes it or not. I have to say though, it does look rather nice in the bed next to the Cornus – and the Buddleia, well, he went at the front so that’ll have to be kept under control as well.

Other bits and bobs have been done too. My spuds have been earthed up about 3 times this week and one more time will see me to the top of the bags, so then it’s just ‘letting them grow’. My second lot of seeds (after my windblown disaster) sprouts, broccoli and lettuce are all now a couple of inches high, so they really must be potted on or planted in the next day or so. I sowed some sunflower seeds three days ago, expecting a couple of weeks for germination and they’re already coming through!!!! Gobsmacked. I also noticed today that some of my tomato seeds are coming too. :o)

I’ve potted all 5 of my giant fuchsias so I’m really keeping my fingers crossed for those and I’ve also seen to two of my Lady Boothby climbing fuchsias. I’ve got one in a tall coal scuttle that I painted red and one in the ground, so I wonder which’ll do best. I’ve one more L.B. though and don’t know where to put it.

A couple of days ago, I also got a new bird table so I put that together. The birds don’t seem to like it though. I’ve not seen one approach it yet. Good job the old one is still there for them.

I got my camera out and took a few pics of some flowers that are blooming and then sat back with a cup of coffee and just drank in the smell of the lovely, fresh manure, lol.

Oh well, onwards and upwards.
More planting and weeding tomorrow. :o)

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Comments

 

I like the bird table /planter I am sure the birds will get used to it soon IIew

26 May, 2009

 

hi llew
i would consider any shrub(acacia) to stand at about 25ft with branches all the way up from ground level(feathered) to be a large shrub, but if branches are removed from ground to about 6ft then i like to call it a small tree.

26 May, 2009

 

Good luck with your tree ! Lady Boothby is a lovely Fuchsia I had one in the ground and one in a pot. The pot one did best because I could move it into shelter in winter. The one in the ground always got killed back.

26 May, 2009

 

I have had the same bird table for about a month now and although there are birds in nearby trees and they visit my other table none have been near it. Perhaps I need to be more patient.

26 May, 2009

 

I think it does take a while for birds to be trusting of a new place to eat. They'll come - be patient.

I'm glad other people get impulses at the GC....it isn't just me, then! lol.

I hope it all works out.... I've got that Cornus - it's a lovely one. :-)

26 May, 2009

 

Good on you. I would have done the same. Ending up buying plants.

26 May, 2009

 

The cornus is lovely - we have a hedge of different ones (both gold stem and red stem) but not that lovely black stem, we also have a 'species' cornus Eddies White Wonder which is grown for its flower.

26 May, 2009

 

I have an Acacia, False Acacia and its 25' high now, my mother started it off as a Bonsaii, then gave it to me LOL bit big for a bonsai, i love it though gets lupin like white flowers on it that smell lovely, its just started to get buds on it.

26 May, 2009

 

Ooooeeerrr!!!! How am I going to keep mine down to about 6 foot then? lol.

26 May, 2009

 

Ha ha ha .....Chop the top off Llew....he he he Lovely blog Really made me smile .............

27 May, 2009

 

Loved your funny blog, best of luck with, The Tree/ Shrub you could always topiary it lol

27 May, 2009

 

I'm glad I'm not the only one to suffer from "not working on all cylinders" syndrome, Llew. I now remove most of the money from my purse before going anywhere near a GC. There's not an inch of space left to plant anything in my garden, but it doesn't stop me!

27 May, 2009

 

Well, I found some info on pruning the Acacias and apparently, this one can be kept as a nice bushy shrub.

It says to chop off the top to the desired height - even as low as 3 inches from the ground - now, come on!!!!! Is it me or what? I mean, who the hell wants a tree that's only 3 inches tall???? lol. :o)

27 May, 2009

 

Had a good old chuckle whilst reading your blog and from now onwards all my purchases from GC are going to be of the jumping kind,lol.Good luck with your tree/shrub.......

28 May, 2009

 

Love the blog. Am thinking of doing my first blog and was looking for pointers when I came across this. Don't know if I can reach this standard! Garden Centres are such terrible dens of temptation especially with the new breed of 'jumping' plants, how can we possibly be expected to resist even if the garden is already bulging. A dead plant is always a wonderful excuse for another trip!

1 Jun, 2009

 

Yep, just gotta love the way it's all the potted plants at fault!! Teehee!!

1 Jun, 2009

 

everyweekend I have the same problem, cant stay away and then when I get there I keep saying I will only buy one , Like that is going to happen. really liked your blog

1 Jun, 2009

 

Ha, ha. Thanks, guys. It's always a relief to know that we're not alone in the things we do, lol.

Lily, thanks hun. And yes, you better watch those jumping plants. People out there are breeding them all the time now, lol. <wink> :o)

2 Jun, 2009

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