Of course, I always buy first and think about where to plant second. I’m sure I’m in good company on this front–though I hear some people plan before they buy.
I decided a new round bed was in order. Isn’t less grass always the solution?
Two round beds also make a terrific race circuit for Chiquita with her BFF Beezus Marie.
Initially, I thought to plant only this one tree in the second bed. You know that joke you play on yourself. After all, where am I going to put all those other plants I buy and don’t plan for? And what about plants I’m given that I can’t live without? A bed with only one plant. As if.
This is the first round bed. As you can see, there is more than just one plant.
The first season, I added a wee birdbath to the second round bed. And that was supposed to be temporary. Apparently not. Oh, and that marble block. I have several from an estate sale years ago. Those things move around in the garden always looking for more perfect placement.
I was pretty excited to see all those buds in January.
And then Mother Nature tricked us. It was not spring and the weather took a cold dip.
Still kind of gorgeous. I wasn’t sure what it meant for the overall health of the tree. What I don’t know is a lot.
As it turns out, the brown edges were temporary. The newer flowers look amazing.
And a wider shot.
And see that Phormium planted there. What else was I supposed to do? I’ve also slipped in a couple Fuchsias and an experiment Paeonia. (Experimental in that Chiquita knocked the emerging tip off a lovely Peony, and I popped it in a pot of soil to see what would happen. Then it grew! So I thought it was work a shot. I’ll keep you posted.)
A closer look. Wouldn’t it be fabulous if the little start took off? But another thing I don’t know. Or else it could work–in a hundred years or so. I’ll keep you posted.
But I digress.
I love this little Smiling Monkey Forest Tree’s undulating ways. It’s pretty, even with a little brown edging. And the foliage is dynamite. Maybe that’s been my best lesson from gardening. Perfection is in the eye of the beholder. That–and that I’m going to need a few more Magnolias.