Alice in Wonderland’s Overcoat
Part of the joys of gardening is perpetual surprise. You just never know. You are after all dealing with feral life in many ways, which has some level of tolerance for obliging the outsider’s whim…..but only if it likes you. I know Bonzai whipped into line and I cry when I see them because they remind me of my childhood. I want to be encouraging living things to take off into unbridled whatever.
I got my wish.
In early Spring I went to the nursery and selected out a sweet, small, prettily configured Dusty Miller. I planted it in front of a very dark hedge, which is growing into something resembling a dragon (may take a while). I estimated by mid-summer I’d have a lovely row of Dusty Millers all silver and gently splayed out leaves with its mustardy yellow flowers. Lovely plant. This is the standard Dusty Miller (above) looking small and cute as a garden edger. (davesgarden.com)
Never grows higher than about a foot or two, guaranteed.
W H O O P S ! ! !
In NO time at all it was not just shooting up but out, heading in unanticipated directions, up about seven feet tall, eight feet wide by July. Shocking ! Fabulous ! Jack in the beanstalky………It has not only continued to branch out upwards and along the ground, but then, on it’s uppermost crown, produced a small bouquet of bright purple thistles. (courtesy “Elephant’s Eye” Garden Blog)
I discover I have the South African version of Dusty Miller, which makes a purple thistle instead of the yellow flower, and does indeed grow en extremus when given the chance. On the Central Coast, with our rare Mediterranean climate, we have a lot of happy South African and Australian plants.
Well, me….I adore excess. Flora bunda bunda cowabunga, my cup of tea. It may be an accident or it may be because I’m getting good at this!
As for Alice In Wonderland’s Overcoat Miller, it seems to be fond of Pavorotti performing Verdi.
Thank you. Thank you very much. Good thumb. I am very proud.Sparhawk The Proud Gardener Who Made a 2 ft. Plant Grow 7 Feet And Counting