Wed, 1 August 2007
I was looking for a place to put in some late tomato plants around Chez Levinson today, and I noticed the Myrtle - no, not Moaning Myrtle, even though I’ve been posting a lot about Harry Potter. This one's Trailing, and has its own story…
Yeah ... about seven or eight years ago, I took a sprig of Trailing Myrtle (known also as Vinca minor or Periwinkle - great names - looks a lot like the above) and planted it on the side of our house that receives almost no sun. It was so shady there that even the few deep-forest ferns I planted were struggling. You could almost hear them gasping for sunlight. There were so few roots around that every good rain or melting snow - or worse, a hard rain after a deep freeze - had a fair chance of flooding our crawl space.
I pretty much forgot about the ferns and Myrtle, both.
But some of our trees were trimmed last Fall, and I just noticed on the side of our house that the struggling plants are doing splendidly. The ferns are big and feathery. Trailing Myrtle covers almost a entire, formerly vacant area. Bright green leaves and little purple flowers are everywhere.
And it did rain cats and dogs last week, and, come to think of it, the crawl space got wet but not flooded.
Not to make too much of this, but I think there's a lesson here - sometimes it's good to just do one little thing, and then let it go, and see where the vagaries of nature and trimmed trees take it...
Category:Cosmos -- posted at: 11:33pm EST