Saturday, June 5, 2010

Stick Figure



That tall skinny stick to the right of the electric meter is part of the Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis) I removed from the other side of the garden earlier this year. I'd been unhappy with the shape of the tree for a long time and I wasn't thrilled about where I had it planted, either. So I whacked off the only remaining trunk and I planted the root ball, with nothing more than some sad little stubs attached, in a 30 gallon pot.

Because there were still some leaves attached to this particular piece, I dug a hole along this wall and stuck the trunk in there just to see what would happen. It had no roots attached and I really didn't expect it to do anything. I figured if nothing else one of the Clematis in that bed could use the trunk for support. But I clearly underestimated the Desert Willow's regenerative powers! I haven't dug around it to see what kind of root system it's developed. I'll wait till fall to check on that, though.


And the picture above? That's the root ball formerly known as Stubby. So for now I have two Desert Willows. We'll see how the one against the garage wall does as summer continues.

5 comments:

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Gorgeous blossoms.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

It's Alive! What a miraculous recovery, kind of like the walking stick in "Enchanted April." These kind of moments make you feel like you have a magical green thumb.

Gail said...

Amazing and wonderful! gail

Rose said...

I'm not familiar with Desert Willow--just the name alone implies I can't grow it here:) But with such gorgeous blossoms, I do hope it survives for you!

I saw on your last post that you have been plant shopping again. I am done...unless I see another plant I must have:)

Cindy, MCOK said...

MG, they really are lovely blooms and the hummingbirds enjoy them.

MMD, that's one of my favorite movies!

Gail, nature is indeed amazing and wonderful.

Rose, if I were going to place a bet, I'd bet on your buying more plants!