Friday, April 16, 2010
Friday's Foliage Follow Up
I was most excited to receive a trial plant of Abelia 'Kaleidoscope' at the Garden Writers of America symposium last fall. I'd seen the plant in Houston area nurseries but was reluctant to pay the steep price for a mature shrub, not knowing how well it would perform here. My excitement turned to dismay when the plant proved in fact to be three minimally rooted cuttings. Now this is where my memory gets fuzzy. Did I plant them all out and then lose them to the unusually cold temperatures? Or did I leave one in a pot, thinking that I'd wait to see whether it revived in spring? When I found the plant above sprouting leaves a couple of weeks ago, I wasn't sure what it was. Now that the leaves are a decent size, the coloration makes me think perhaps this is that Abelia. Or is it? And if it's not that Abelia, WHAT in the heck is it? (The Head Gardener thinks I should be more diligent in labeling things. I thought that was HER job.) Anyone want to hazard a guess?