Thursday, April 28, 2011

Slowly succumbing to hardier plants...

Take a look at this photo, taken yesterday:

At first glance, it might seem perfectly normal. But take a look at this photo below, taken sometime in late summer, 2009:

Yup. That's right. Those escallonia shrubs (Escallonia x exoniensis 'Fradesii') were completely knocked back down to the ground last November when temperatures dipped down to the teens (despite the tag saying they were hardy to 0 degrees). That was five months ago. I'm hoping they'll sprout back quickly from the roots, but the greater lesson for me is it's not going to look like a hedge until next November. So what's the purpose of having a hedge if it's but a few stubs coming out of the ground? I just might have to dig this up and plant something deciduous.

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