I forgave you for murdering my cute little Acacia bormanii...
I forgave you for beating up my Palm trees and Pittosporums..
I forgave you for a multitude of other little sins too...
But I wasn't going to forgive the loss of my favorite Lemon Bottlebrush (Callistemon pallidus).
|The summer before|
|Callistemon pallidus (Lemon Bottlebrush) spring 2014|
|Oh the horror!|
In late spring, it was so sad to see it wither away and then explode in a pile of dead leaves everywhere. It looked VERY, very bad.
It was well into April/May and there was not much sign of life. I just kept looking at the dead stems, thinking I should at least get my pruners and cut them off. They were sticking out like sore thumbs. I wasn't going to dig it out just yet though.
In June, I noticed new growth at the base of the plant and was hopeful. I was almost afraid the new growth was a weed or some other plant trying to trick me.
Presently, it's put on about a foot of growth and I am relieved. It may be awhile before I get flowers again, but at least it's still with me!
Now I can FINALLY cut those dead stems off!