Displacement Theory

DSCN1242Displacement Theory says something along the lines of ‘If you want to plant new shrubs in your pots you will have to remove the old plants first’, and the thrifty modifier of the theory would add something like ‘and find a new home for them’.

I didn’t complete my list of jobs partly because I was very thorough pruning the neglected climbing rose, and equally thorough cutting the prunings small enough to go in the green recycling bin. I trimmed the damaged hellebore leaves as planned, enjoying a closer look at the progressing flowers, and began to tackle the ‘plant up’ of a number of new plants from Crocus, which had arrived during the week in 3 excitingly large boxes.

I had ordered the plants before January’s big snowfall and was relieved that despite Crocus’s normally very quick delivery they didn’t come till this week. They include two plants on my Wish List, Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’ and a callicarpa, as well as another witch hazel and a collection of 3 cornus. I planned to plant the viburnum and cornus in the large lead effect pots on the paved area in front of the kitchen window so we could enjoy their colour even when it was too cold to spend much time outside, and hopefully the pots are large enough to provide a home for them for a few years at least. It means, however, displacing the previous occupants of the pots – a box ‘pyramid’, an ornamental quince and a hosta, none of which I had actually planned to plant there in the first place but have long outstayed their temporary welcome. Nevertheless they showed great resistance to being ousted, and it was close to resembling a Laurel and Hardy sketch at one point, but they were finally placed in short stay B&B in the wheelbarrow, pending their as yet unallocated new accommodation. The ‘plant up’ has therefore not yet begun.

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4 Responses to Displacement Theory

  1. Callicarpa – how wonderful, and Viburnum bodnantense is also a great shrub. I am afraid I quite often dig plants up and they seem to spend months in temporary red tubs before (eventually) relocating to their new home, mostly because there is all-ready something planted in the “relocation site” …. which needs to be dug up (and put in a red tub before ….)
    And so it goes!

    • Cathy says:

      Your red tub philosophy sounds very familiar, but without the red tubs….. I really don’t know where to put the callicarpa yet, but I am completely entranced with the viburnum as the specimen Crocus sent is fantastic and covered in buds. I am trusting it will be happy in the big tub for a few years yet as it has obviously lived in a pot for some time already.

  2. Anna B says:

    Hehee!! Poor box plants!! Sounds like you had a very productive day despite not doing as much as perhaps you wanted to do – the ‘plant up’! I didn’t get chance to do as much as I wanted either and ended up in just stuck in my greenhouse today on such an awful grim day feeling very sorry for all the plants outside which are looking very waterlogged. Can’t wait for this cold snap to move along!!!

    • Cathy says:

      Even in the greenhouse you know you are doing something useful though – and on such a grey day even an hour or so is a contribution, although my fingers were throbbing when I came back in today as it was both chilly and damp – and now snowing 😦

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