This is my second post under this meme, and it probably seems I’m cheating the system, as none of the plants I have highlighted so far is actually yet IN my garden. The first is still trying to grow some roots, and this week’s marvel just got uprooted.
It started with a phone call. The woman on the other end said she had dug up this “small tree”, but didn’t quite know what it was. The only thing she knew with certainty was that she wanted to replace it with something else, and she was asking for advice as to what. The plant was described as a “Dr. Seuss plant”. I was immediately intrigued! My first guess over the phone was that it was a weeping Sequoia – a plant I happen to adore – so I offered to come and take it off her hands. It was essentially on my way home from my Master Gardener class today, so I drove by, hoping to bring it home. She had kindly left it ready for me to take, by the curb side. But, darn it! It was about twice what I could have comfortably fit into my little car. If I’m going to make this happen, I have to come back with the van – preferably adorned with a roof rack!
Despite the small disappointment of not instantly being able to transport this beast home with me, I was quite excited when I saw it. Nope, it’s not a weeping Sequoia. Instead, it reminded me very much of a beautiful Arizona cypress cultivar called ‘Blue Ice’. Except, the shape was wrong. With its gnarly trunk and tightly held branches, this thing was most definitely a weeping variety of some sort. A Google search revealed that there is indeed a weeping form of ‘Blue Ice’ – it is called ‘Raywood’s Weeping’. There may be others that could fit this bill, but that is the ID I’m going to go with for now. Perhaps this is wishful thinking on my part; if it is indeed what I think it is, it would mean that it tops out at about 20′ while staying around 2′ for width. Suits me and my spatially challenged yard perfectly. Other descriptions were dead-on, as well. Tall, skinny, architecturally interesting weeping form, silver to steely blue scaly foliage, shiny reddish bark, etc. It is slow growing and hardy to Zone 6, so should be fine.
I promise that one of these days I will actually write about something that already resides in, and independently functions in my garden – without my constant fussing. But this was just something too good to pass up! Fingers crossed it makes it through! For other weekly favorites, click over to Danger Garden and see what other favorites are highlighted this week.