Friday, 4 May 2012
humble beginnings ... leccino olive
As a gardener, I have to confess something. I can be incredibly impatient. I dream of Disney sized garden budgets and mature specimen plants. When you're on a limited gardening budget, this remains a dream. But there is something endearing about humble starts. As some of you may know, I managed to get a wonderful little leccino olive tree last weekend at the Van Dusen Botanical Garden plant sale. The idea of growing olives this far north is not a new one. Check out a ten year old olive grove on North Pender Island BC.
(Taken from olivetrees.ca)
When researching how and where to site my young olive tree I was given one piece of advice that I have to admit almost stopped me right in my tracks. "Don't plant anything within one meter of the tree." Yikes. My hopes and dreams for a mediterranean garden makeover would be on hold for a couple of years while the tree matures. So started the hunt for the perfect terra cotta pot... until yesterday. I was out planting some herbs in planter boxes and before I knew it, I had shovel in hand, and the tree was going in.
I just love the foliage on olive trees. Now I have to hope for a hot summer and mild winter...
I strongly suggest anyone thinking of growing an olive in the PNW visiting the Oregon Olives website.