My bay needed another haircut. It was growing every which way but I was determined to get it into shape. What I really want is a beautiful bay standard; a perfect sphere. But it’s doesn’t look like the lollipop I long for yet.
A trim always means handfuls of bay leaves and we already have more than we need. I looked around, saw my neighbor and asked if he wanted any.
Soon I was stuffing leaves from the wayward bits into a bag expecting my neighbor to lower a pail down with a rope. Their garden is on higher ground; about 15 feet above ours, and this was our normal practice. Bunches of herbs and vegetables and numerous seeds have been passed back and forth over the years.
My neighbor soon appeared, not with the usual pail or rope, but with a long, stout bamboo. “I can’t find the rope,” he explained. “This should do.”
I secured the bag to one end of the bamboo and my neighbor swung it back up. He was all smiles as we talked about ways to use the bay.
The more robust ones were started from seed. They were fragile to start with but are no longer so. And there’s no need for us to get store-bought dried bay leaves anymore. What a bonus.
But the standard I’m hoping to shape is still a long way off. If the bay is still determined to remain unruly, I may just let it grow out and prune it into something else; a pyramid perhaps.
Care and propagation: Partial to full sun; well drained soil; water moderately. Propagate using seeds and cuttings