|Duranta Erecta Standard|
I had the best day yesterday. On Thursday I decided I wanted to find a fairly obscure plant that was at the Sarasota house. It is called Duranta. I was trying to source it by mail order, having already called a few places locally with no success, and all I could find were little starter plants in California.
I went to my favorite Lowe's yesterday because their garden center is A plus. What was waiting there for me but 2 Duranta Erecta "Sapphire Showers" which is a new cultivar and stunning. And they are standards and I am topiary crazy. I cannot get enough. My dream would be to live at Ladew Topiary Gardens in Maryland. I think adding some topiaries will help give the garden a more structured and formal feel which I think is a great mix with my tropical jungle in back.
I am trying them in my blue and white Chinese fish bowls. And please, I know they need to be elevated and topped with moss or whatever, but as my wonderful grandmother used to say, "Rome wasn't built in a day." Because just as I put them in the fish bowls I got an email that my Mercer dining table is ready for delivery. It is being delivered on Wednesday finally!
And I also found a lovely pair of Eugenia topiaries that will be finding a home in the garden today. I am having a ball in the garden. I also came up with a game plan for the side yard that I am super excited about and will be sharing soon.