Chaste Tree “Blue Diddley”

I explained my dilemma about planting a butterfly bush here.

The Chaste Tree tag gave planting and growth information.

So instead I decided to purchase a chaste tree but I had to order it from Hirt’s Gardens in Ohio.

The 4-inch pot held a plant about 8-iches tall.

It came in a Priority mail box filled with foam peanuts delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. I unpacked the box immediately and put the 4″ plant out in the rain.

The chaste tree is planted and mulched.

The next day I dug a small hole near the back steps allowing 3 feet on either side for the tree to grow.  Following the directions on the tag I backfilled the hole, watered the plant, and added a few inches of mulch.

The small plant should fill in the space by growing 3′ to 6′.

I’m hoping to be able to show considerable growth over the next month even though I don’t expect to have flowers this year.

Do you have a favorite color flower?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

4 thoughts on “Chaste Tree “Blue Diddley””

  1. It may take a while until it really takes off if my experience is anything to go by. I have two smaller ones that I planted several years ago and they are just now starting to get taller. I also have one that was tall to begin with dug up from someone’s yard. The tall one gets lots of new growth down at the bottom that I keep pruning away, but it’s an easy job. On a garden tour a few years ago I saw some big ones that were definitely tree form and beautifully shaped. Once they start blooming, they can be impressive. I hope yours takes off quickly.

    1. Chaste tree has enjoyed a high cult esteem since olden times. When the women of Athens took part in the 8-day Thesmophoria – a fertility festival honouring the goddess Demeter – they decorated themselves with the plant’s flowers and placed its leaves on their beds to preserve their chastity. In medieval cloisters, the fruit from the bush were used as a substitute for pepper as the German name ‘Monchspfeffer’ (Monk’s Pepper) implies in order to suppress carnal desire (= anaphrodisiac), The monks scattered Agnus castus chaff in their sleeping quarters. The custom of strewing Agnus castus flowers on the paths leading to the cloisters for novices is still carried out to this day in Italy. Jo

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