Report From An Opinionated Gardener – April 4
We would never expect that one child should behave just like another child. Boys or girls…we know that kids differ in personality, talents, abilities and temperaments . Even siblings…hell, especially siblings, are often as dissimilar as night and day. So why do we expect all plants to behave in the same way?
I love ‘Otto Luyken’ cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus ‘Otto Luyken‘) and often recommend this shrub when a shade tolerant, low growing evergreen is needed. So when I moved to Poison Ivy Acres this plant was on my “must-have” list. So two years ago I bought one and planted it, expecting it to be similar to the ‘Otto Luyken’ that I grew in my last garden. Sadly, the one I have now isn’t the same plant that I’ve grown in the past. Even allowing for differences in location, my current cherry laurel comes up short.
Reminder to self: when we’re dealing with living things, there is a huge “wild card component” that needs to be taken into account.