A Warning!

What can happen to a cutting left to its own devices!

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The before picture, taken at the start of the year.

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It was an Euonymus cutting given to me so many years ago, when we were starting the garden. It wasn’t that it was unloved, or unwanted. I couldn’t decide where to position it – it didn’t fit into any of my schemes! So the pot just sat by the otherwise blank side wall of the house.

It did well! It kept growing, and did a good job of covering the wall. It wasn’t even nurtured – and never repotted. With the start of my interest in cutting flowers for the house, I took a bit more interest, and its leaves started appearing in some of my creations. And then I was pleasantly surprised by its cheeky berries!

But the outside of the house had to be painted! I had to move its pot. Impossible! All those years of flourishing on neglect, had resulted in it rooting itself through the pot. I knew it had. But not to that extent!

All attempts have failed! Even the attempt with the chain saw!
So there it is – original pot still intact!

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12 thoughts on “A Warning!

  1. Chloris

    Amazing that it kept on growing so lustily when it was in a pot for so long. Still now that it is gone, I am sure you can think of something more exciting to replace it with. But perhaps this time, not in a little pot.

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    1. thelonggardenpath Post author

      I know – I was surprised at how well it did! I suppose I took it for granted. I’m afraid it won’t be replaced. There’s not even any border there, to plant anything in. It rooted itself into a gap between the house and the path! The pot was plonked there to cover a bit of bare wall. And we have plans for a gate there eventually.

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