Last year, I planted a Eucalyptus. It was sold as an annual, in a 4″ pot. I planted it next to something that would benefit from its pretty blue foliage, thinking this was a short term assignment, and that it would soon die. Imagine my surprise when the following spring, it was still there. Granted, we had the warmest winter in memory, and it was planted on the lee side of our house, sheltered from the eastern winds – but still… I would for sure have thought it would have perished during our November Arctic Blast. Not so, apparently.
By now, it stands as tall as me. While I adore its foliage, I’m a little concerned. Enough to feel compelled to move it, actually – which I did late this spring. I have no idea how big something like this might get if it’s allowed to grow. In fact, I don’t even think it came with a species name. When I moved it, it sulked a little, but came right back. I placed it against the red brick of our chimney, where its blue loveliness will shine. With the weather being as wonky as it’s been this past year, who knows what this winter will bring… Perhaps it will kindly perish in the next Arctic chill. Or, weather permitting, perhaps it will grow another 5′-6′ by next summer. Who knows..? I wouldn’t mind that scenario either… With these musings, I leave you to explore Foliage Follow-up day, a meme hosted by Pam at Digging.