The ‘Perfect’ Cupcake
What comes to mind when you think of the ‘perfect’ cupcake? For me, I think of a little bit of cake underneath tons of frosting 😉
Or if you are like my husband, decorated cupcakes are your favorite…
He especially likes the ones with edible toppings…
Which is probably why that is usually the kind of cupcake that I make.
I think what often comes to mind when you mention the word ‘cupcake’ to some homeowners and most landscapers is a perfectly shaped, flowering shrub.
I came upon one of these ‘perfect’ cupcakes the other day, as I was finishing up a consultation.
What do you think?
Most of the flower buds have been pruned off and the remaining foliage is so dense that it does not show light through to the interior of this Texas Sage shrub.
Eventually, there will be large dead areas and this shrub will decline and die.
Thankfully, this shrub did not belong to my client (it was her neighbor’s).
You can read much more about this type of pruning and why it should not be done by reading my post, Flowering Shrubs Aren’t Meant to be Cupcakes, Poodles and Frisbees.
Thankfully, my client was not the one who owned this particular shrub. She actually loves the natural shape of shrubs.
Please read my latest Birds & Blooms blog post…..
Stormy Weather and Ruffled Feathers
Perhaps a huge chocolate butterfly atop the shrub?? Cute post.
Can I just say it? That cupcake shrub is ugly! I love the real cupcakes you have posted though.
It's been a while since I've had the chance to pop in and visit your blog … and I seem to have picked a good time! It's a great topic.
Whilst I so love your home-made cupcakes, that 'cupcake' shaped shrub just looks so out of place. I have to agree with Darla … it is rather ugly.
What is wrong with the beautiful natural shape of this plant? I do often wonder about the purpose for shaping shrubs like this in a suburban garden … is it meant to be a feature stuck out on its' own like this? It really doesn't work.
The cupcakes look absolutely yummy but that poor little shrub? Not so much… I just don't have to heart to abuse plants like that. I'm glad to hear your client appreciates a more natural look.