I received my ceanothus (Californian Lilac) as a present when I first moved into my house some eight years ago in 2011 (goodness, it doesn’t feel so long ago!)
It was at a time when, although I loved gardens and plants, I was very ignorant about such matters. (Although I still am, I was even more so at that time).
When it stopped flowering after the first year, I thought it had died!
Eight years ago, it was much, much smaller. I remember walking past a front garden which boasted a much older ceanothus. It looked much bigger, colourful and more flamboyant than my little one with its few weedy buds.
Roll on eight years and my ceanothus is looking grand and beautiful.
And it has survived the chickens, even Mabel (who always seems to be appraising the plants in the garden)…
And the bees love it too…
Note: This post is a flashback to a couple of weeks ago, when the ceanothus was still looking its best.
Facts of the Day
1. The ceanothus thyrsiflorus is an evergreen shrub that can grow to 6m/20ft high. It has ‘glossy mid-green leaves and, in spring, bears pale to dark blue flowers in large panicles’. There are other types of ceanothus though, including deciduous varieties.
2. It is valuable for wildlife, providing pollen for bees. Its leaves are also eaten by caterpillars of various butterflies and moths.
3. The roots ‘favour fertile, well-drained soil’ and it is suggested it should be grown ‘in full sun in a sheltered location, protected from cold winter winds’.
Information courtesy of The Illustrated Practical Guide To Wildlife Gardening by Christine and Michael Lavelle