Do you have a plant that has survived in spite of all the odds stacked against it, and that includes a gardener who has neglected it for years ?!!!
I hang my head in shame, but am full of admiration for my Clematis montana which obviously decided that it was going to survive in spite of me, and not just survive, it decided that it wanted to have the tallest flowers in the village or maybe even Devon!!
I must have planted it at least 10 yrs ago – watered it a bit and then must have forgotten about it when taking care of the other clematis in the garden.
In my defence, it was planted at the back of a border where the rhododendrons took the limelight and I think that is how it got forgotten. It was planted at the base of one of our old oaks (at least 200 yrs old ) and I thought that it would look lovely from the house, decorating the tree, that was the original idea anyway. Eventually, I thought it must have died because there was no sign of it.
Last year I was amazed to see it tumbling down the other side of the oak – it is only when you are up on the circular lawn that you see it, as long as you look up. Last year it was rewarded with a handful of fertiliser and again this year, which means that it has now climbed even higher. It is now well over 50ft and still climbing.
It will never be neglected again, it has done all this with virtually no help from me – all my visitors are dragged to see and admire it.
Do you have any plants that have amazed you with their determination to survive or maybe you are not a forgetful gardener like me !