Mr. Terra-Cotta needs some new hair

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Meet Mr. Terra Cotta. He came into my life on my most recent birthday. I sowed some chives seeds in his scalp, and they have made for him a hairstyle rather complementary to his astonished expression.

However, the chives are ready to be potted on, and Mr. Terra Cotta needs a new “do.” Can you suggest a new plant for his hair? The only criterion is that the plant be happy in a 4.25″ pot, because that is what he is.

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About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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imjacobsmom June 29, 2008, 10:46 pm

I think a curly little doo might be cute – how about a little Mother of Thyme or Corsican Mint. The side benefit of both of them would also be the aromatics. 🙂

Kathy Purdy June 27, 2008, 7:44 pm

One nice thing about Mr. Terra-Cotta’s small size is anything I plant will soon outgrow his circumference. So I will have opportunity to try all these ideas. Right now I have sedums and mint that I could root. I think wheatgrass would work for his winter ‘do. And I’ll have to keep my eye out for the other plant suggestions.

Gina June 27, 2008, 3:48 pm

The Gem varieties of marigolds would look pretty fun. (Lemon gem, tangerene gem, etc…) I try to do a pot of two of those every year just for the big yellow-orange frosted green globe effect they have on their own in a pot.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter June 26, 2008, 3:20 pm

I 2d the Fiber-optic Grass idea, although a Hakonechloa would be fun too. (But then I’m biased.) Or for a cool-color look there’s always one of those little blue grasses (I think it’s Festuca ‘Elijah Blue.’)

CurtissAnn June 26, 2008, 9:03 am

That is the cutest pot! Never seen any quite like it. The thing I grow best, hardly needs any care, is lemon thyme. It would make a great ‘fro’. Or many he could have mother-in-law’s tongue for a spike.

Thanks for sharing, giving me a smile.

eliz June 26, 2008, 12:06 am

I agree with carol–he needs a grass-like plant.

Cindy June 25, 2008, 11:38 am

Corkscrew rush would be cool, too. I love that pot.

Blackswampgirl Kim June 25, 2008, 10:35 am

I like the succulents idea… donkey tails and such. Or maybe some yellow ‘Angelina’ sedum? Or Corsican mint?

Annie in Austin June 24, 2008, 11:31 pm

If you could get that black ophiopogon [nigrescans, maybe?] it could look pretty cool and might live in a window over winter. The pot will crack outside so you’ll have to bring it in anyway.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Carol, May Dreams Gardens June 24, 2008, 11:12 pm

Wheat grass… it grows quick.

Merry June 24, 2008, 9:46 pm

How about fibre optic grass? Pretty wild stuff 🙂 and Mr. Terra Cotta will then be astonished at his new head of hair.

Kathy Purdy June 24, 2008, 10:00 pm

Merry and Fern, those are both good ideas. Anyone else?

Fern R June 24, 2008, 9:38 pm

There are some succulents that would look great in a pot like that! I saw some in similar (although with more serious expressions) pots in a post at Apartment Therapy.