Sunday, November 22, 2009

They Grow Up So Fast. . . .

One of the side effects of the (still-ongoing) yearbook pictures project is that I'm spending a lot of time looking around in the picture archives and discovering that I have old pictures of certain plants that I didn't realize I had, or noticing just how much plants have grown since I first put their pictures up on the blog. Stuff like that.

For example, my Ardisia elliptica looked like this in November 2007:

Pot: six inches (15 cm). Plant approx. 1.5 feet (46 cm) tall.

Two years later:

Pot: eight inches (20 cm). Plant approx. 3.5 feet (1.1 m) tall.

I was surprised to discover an old picture of the Big Damn Screw Pine as well, from October 2007:

Pot: six inches (15 cm). Plant approx. 2.5 feet (76 cm) tall.

And July 2009:

Pot: eight inches (20 cm). Plant approx. 4.5 feet (1.4 m) tall.

Finally, the Euphorbia trigonas. In October 2007:

Pot: four inches (10 cm). Plants approx. one foot (30 cm) tall.

And in November 2009:

Pot: six inches (15 cm). Plants approx. two feet (61 cm) tall.

I know it's not really news that plants get larger over time. Still, I don't very often bother to verify this, or figure out just how much growth there's been, and at least with these three, I was sort of surprised when I did check. The yearbook analogy is more apt than I had intended.

Some of my other plants, of course, look more or less exactly the same now as they did two years ago, and others appear to have shrunk, if anything. You can't win 'em all, I guess.


lynn'sgarden said...

Yeah, you can't win 'em all...but these three are wonderful examples of you doing something right :)
I really like the Big Damm Screw Pine...wait! that's the name??

Aerelonian said...

It's really interesting to look back and see how you're plants have grown. Then you can pat yourself on the back a little.

Helen said...

Particularly love the euphorbias. Great architecture.

Happy Hermit said...

This is why my husband dosn't get all the pics I take of my plants. They grow much faster than children at times.