|Associated Press picture (taken at Bridgeport CT 10/29/12)|
I have no damage to the garden. The fact that I create self inflicted catastrophes by threatening my plantings with horticultural gardening blunders is nothing. It is simply and truly not a real disaster.
But I did make a mistake here, and it is the usual, repeated mistake of putting large forest plants into small garden borders and then wondering if they will fit when mature.
Spicebush, or Lindera benzoin is a subtle woodland plant. Shrubby, delicate in bloom, beautiful in fall color, it grows slowly. It eventually spreads out horizontally in maturity and becomes gracefully architectural.
Jim photographed this one at Cornell Plantations in Ithaca NY on our recent trip there in October.
Now tell me, do you think the spicebush I planted a few years ago at the edge of a raised berm is going to fit when it spreads to its intended size?
And I have three of them in this crowded border, smushed in between ever expanding Colorado spruce trees that will also become huge. There is simply no room for the beautiful spicebushes to spread out the way they will want to.
There was room, I thought. In 2010, after several years of growing this bed, I was still unhappy that it had open gaps.
And the slow growing little shrubby lindera benzoin plants that I had been nurturing in another garden spot seemed the perfect size for the empty space here, so I filled it up with the three compact spicebush babies.
Now, after seeing a naturally growing mature spicebush in the woods at Cornell, I know mine will grow too big. Once again I have forced large forest plants to grow in cramped garden beds, and no one will be happy about that.
Certainly not a disaster, but . . . oops.