AucubaPosted: April 30, 2011
Way back in 1999 or so I served a brief stint as an overpaid SAT tutor. It was interesting insofar as it gained me entry into some VERY fancy houses. One day driving around on Mercer Island I came across an Aucuba put out on the street. It was the first Aucuba I’d ever noticed. I brought it home and stuck it along the North property line under our big conifer. It didn’t produce berries so I assumed it was male and bought a female to keep it company for $3.33 at Thriftway. Now the original is dead and the small female is huge and was getting sunburned because we had the laurel above her cut back last summer. So today I pruned her and moved her to a spot along the Northern property line. I think she’ll be much happier in the shade and the space she’d outgrown is already looking much improved although I haven’t cleaned up the cuttings yet. Two side branches had set roots of their own so I divided them off and also planted them along the Northern property line. If they all survive and fill in they’ll provide a nice screen from the neighbors.
Lots has happened. D.C. was scary. It’s nice to be home. I accepted a position with USGS. Things are good.