I'm delighted how my Anemone 'White Swan' plants have taken off in the garden this year. They've proved a real tonic in a shady part of the garden and positively shine out, even during the gloomy weather we're having.
At the time when instant makeovers and results are king, it's good to be reminded not all plants are at their best when planted initially. This anemone is in its third year here at VP Gardens, and really looked to be a poor doer for the first two years.
Luckily I was reminded of the garden adage sleep, creep, leap before I ripped them out in disgust. This saying refers to the way some plants prefer to establish themselves. The first year is the sleep phase, when the plant is settling down and letting its roots establish themselves. Then in the second year the roots and the leaves creep outwards - often imperceptibly - to create a place for themselves in the border. Finally, in the third year, the plant leaps to its full glory, just like my anemones above.
I first noticed this phenomenon with most of the clematis I planted when I initially laid out this garden. You can imagine my disappointment at how one of my favourite plants didn't want to grow for me. Some instinct made me leave them be - I was yet to know about sleep, creep, leap - and eventually my patience paid off.
I've noticed the same with the Hakonechloa grasses I have in pots, plus the Geranium psilostemon and Astrantia major in the top terrace bed. How about you?
Garden Bloggers Blooms Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. My thanks to Benjamin Vogt at The Deep Middle who alerted me to the sleep, creep, leap phenomenon.
Update: I found this interesting article which lists quite a few plants which exhibit sleep, creep, leap. It confirms my clematis and hakonechloa experiences, but none of the others I've mentioned.
|Proof that a plant can look just as gorgeous from the back|