Helen's Garden Renovation Project

Monday 8 October 2012

I found a golden variegated male holly!

Filed under: Progress — Helen @ 2:07 pm

This morning it was raining and it was far too soggy to carry on digging up the bay tree, so I went to Redfields Garden Centre just on the offchance that they might have a male golden variegated holly. And they did! So I bought one and planted him.

Ilex aquifolium 'Myrtifolium Aurea Maculata'

Ilex aquifolium ‘Myrtifolium Aurea Maculata’

I used some Rootgrow, which needs using up because it only keeps for about a year. The label says that the holly reaches a height of 75cm after 10 years, but given that it’s almost that height now, and it only cost £10.99, I think I’ll take that information with a pinch of salt. It’s possible that it may not be happy in the location I have given it, because it won’t get a lot of sun, but if it can manage to grow a bit taller it will get more.

I know I was supposed to be digging up the bay tree and filling in the temporary pond this month, and not getting distracted by pretty prickly plants, but it will be much easier to continue with this work if it stops raining for a bit. Maybe next week.

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