|Callistemon 'Woodlander's Hardy Red' -- no longer green|
|The needles have all turned a sickly baby poop tan or brown and fall off at a touch|
|A second 'Woodlander's Hardy Red' is in the same state -- can you even see it against the brown of the soil?|
|I'm pretty sure its needles are not supposed to be the same color as the soil|
After a quick look online at Xera's website, it's possible they're still alive at the roots, and all they need is to be cut back hard. I think I'll try that with the first one, but the second one has been slated for removal anyway since last fall when I started a renovation of the bed it's in. I wondered if it might withstand being moved elsewhere, but that was a risky proposition, and probably should have been done in the late fall or early winter, if I was going to try it. So now it's probably just going to be removed completely.
I have a few options for replacing the first, if cutting it back doesn't result in rejuvenation. I have two Grevilleas growing in the garden in similar conditions that survived our winter well, one still young, the other a few years old and getting bigger and better every year.
|Baby Grevillea rosmarinifolia was just planted last year, is still small and hasn't flowered yet, and had a tiny amount of tip damage -- surprising since I think it is actually rated as Zone 8b|
|Grevillea 'Canberra Gem' is a few years old, getting bigger and bigger and chock full of flower buds|
There are other options too. Weeding under all these shrubs is always a pain, because their needles are so sharp and bristly.
Now I just have to muster the energy to actually grab the secateurs and get out there and do the work...
Do you have some garden ugliness to share with us?