Not sure what you are looking at? It is a Gardenia 'Frostproof' shrub, about 3 feet tall and wide.....falling out of the ground. There are no broken stems, the soil around the rootball is not loose, it is a total mystery.
Here is a closer view--
These are almost two years old shrubs and have been very happy in this spot in the garden. You may remember when I had to replace another one closer to the front door. The comparison from newly planted to first year's growth is here.
I am not sure about how to go about fixing this planting. I am hoping to try on Wednesday to dig around it and settle the shrub back into the ground. After I saw the falling over shrub we have had a couple days of rain, so I don't want to get into the mud. I will let it dry out a little. My first thought is to dig up the one side and see if I can straighten it without displacing all of the root ball. If that doesn't work, I will have to dig up the whole shrub, make a good hole, and replant it. Since this is on the hillside it will be tricky doing this. Just standing in the bed behind the gardenias to see if I could figure out how to go about correcting it, I had anole jump on me while trying to get away from me. I stepped right into his leap. auggh. Stay tuned for updates.
When this was first discovered in my yard, I posted it, asking for help with an ID. Daricia from A Charlotte Garden, was quick with an answer. This week is the Garden Blogger's Spring Fling. I will not only get to meet Daricia face to face, we will be roommates! It is going to be a great weekend.
I do want to update you all on the septic field wildflowers....some are finally coming up and showing their pretty colors. The Gaillardia is in the front part of our property and the septic field is across the street.
|Blue cornflower Centaurea cyanus|
And the true view....we are having lots of rain, so hopefully more will pop in the coming weeks.
And my newest addition to the garden is blooming-- my Yorktown Onion.
For those who will be in Asheville, see you there!
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