26 December 2009 19:16:56
One of my first jobs for the new year, when climate permits, is to dig out an old ivy in my shady border. I know that is just going to take forever. In its place I will be planting Mitraria coccinea (Mitre Bush). This is a shrub that I have had in a pot behind the greenhouse for at least 5 or more years, and totally forgotten about. But I plan to rectify this situation. Mitraria coccinea is a shade loving, evergreen shrub that has climbing tendencies. It is best if you give it a regular pruning. It is a vigorous grower. It flowers usually from May to July. I really don't know how this shrub is still growing in its' really cramped conditions. Hopefully, it will reward me by giving me its best possible perfomance once it is released from its' prison.