by Michelle Armas
for more of her work
When I heard my church was removing mature aucuba shrubs to make way for new landscaping, I had a great idea...scavenge their carcasses for my own landscaping. Rushing to their rescue...and with the help of the puzzled work crew, I pulled some pieces from the heap of debris.
Not sure if I got enough of their root system or not...only time will tell. Great idea...perhaps not the best propagation.
Trimmed and tucked into pots
In case they fail, I've placed some cuttings in water in hopes of rooting for future propagation. Another flowerless Friday Flowers
Speckles of green and gold (aka gold-dust plant) like that in Michelle Armas' painting adorn its leaves
Easy to root...and while you wait for signs of life, its evergreen leaves stay fresh. Have long admired this hardy shrub in the landscape and the memories of my elderly neighbor from my years in Richmond, Virginia. Memories of her sitting on her sofa, beneath a formal portrait of her much younger self...next to a table upon which always seemed to be a vase of aucuba cuttings. The vase full of white roots curling around the confines of the container.
Will update when roots appear
An arrangement incorporating aucuba
by James Farmer of All Things Farmer
The male Martha Stewart for lack of a better description
Turns out, Martha (the Martha) loves them too
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND