A Reprieve

I've decided to allow the Arrowwood Viburnum (V. dentatum) to stay. After a good five years of not blooming, it has finally justified its existence on my corner of Katy. I told it last fall that if it didn't bloom within a year, it was history. Evidently it took the threat seriously. It's planted next to the Oakleaf Hydrangea (H. quercifolia) and Bear's Breeches (Acanthus mollis). I'm quite taken with the combination.

The Head Gardener points out that perhaps it would have bloomed sooner if I had followed her advice sooner, which was to plant it in a spot and LEAVE it there. Know-it-all. I hate it when she's right.


There is something to be said for issuing ultimatums. They do seem to listen. I did the same with a Forsythia I have had for 9 years without a bloom. Sure enough, it was beautiful this Spring.
LindaCTG said…
What a fabulous combination! That was definitely worth the wait. Now that the viburnum has settled in, you have many years of glory ahead of you. I sure want to try the oakleaf hydrangea myself; just nervous about water, since you all hog it all (!).
Cindy, MCOK said…
MGRR, I'm glad I had that talk with the viburnum! Do you wish you'd done it with the forsythia sooner?

Linda, the oakleaf hydrangea has been fairly drought tolerant, to my surprise. It does get droopy in the worst of the heat but it recovers nicely. And I hog all WHAT water, LOL? You're holding me personally responsible for the policies of the Houston area water districts????!!!! (I'm cracking up here!)