My ceanosus otherwise know as californian blue or californian lilac is dying and there is nothing I can do about it. It has given me years of pleasure, and my neighbours have also enjoyed the beautiful flowers which appear in springtime.
Ceanosus in full flower
I planted this beautiful shrub when I first moved into this house and it has grown into a small tree. It flowers in the spring and produces a beautiful show of blue flowers, but unfortunately this shrub only have a life span of 10 to 15 years, and I have had my for 12 years. Another thing that I was not aware of, it does not take kindly to being pruned back once they become established, which I have done, that apparently encourages decay. So sadly I think this will be the last year for my beautiful shrub. My little corner will be bare, it also hides my shed. I will be planting another, but it will take a few years to produce the elegant flowers of years gone by.