Hi, we have just become grandparents and would like a plant or a tree with our grandsons name, so it can grow with him. His name is Ollie any ideas anyone? Thanks
Congratulations to you all. What magical news and such fun to look forward to. The only plants I know that have any names near to Ollie are a delphinium called Oliver and a little campanula called Elizabeth Oliver. Sorry I can't be of more help but there are lots of clever people on here.
Ladybird4, Congratulations, my Great Grandson George was born last Wednesday and another Great Grandson due anytime now in Canada, I will see George although the one due will not be back until Christmas.
Depends on the size of your garden, even young trees after 20-30 years will be thirty feet high and thirty feet canopy so you need to work it out. Apart from Olive trees I have nothing in my books to go with Ollie, Olive trees will grow here but are drab looking. Why not a fruit tree which would blossom about now the birthday and give fruit later. They can be trimmed yearly and kept in proportion with the joy of fresh fruit, children love picking fruit and eating it from the tree, well my lot do.
I love Lawsoniana (Lawson Cypress) for their colour Golden and their shape which can be trimmed and topped to keep it within reason, it does not drop needles nor change colour in winter, I have two, though that is me your choice will differ. What ever you do once in you cannot take it with you should you move, well not without great difficulty so that needs thinking about. Shrubs last for years in pots and they can be moved on with you. My advice, stop think and choose carefully.
Sorry Lynn60 and Ladybird, I read the wrong posting so Congratulations Lynn60.
Commiserations Ladybird I know you are only 21.
Must go to Spec-savers again.
Many congratulations Lynn.
Back on top form with the wise advice Frank. That's a very important point about being able to take it if or when you move.
Since Verdun seems to be asleep or gardening....what about an 'olly bush???
I know I know....get my coat!
Tee hee Frank. You can be my best friend forever after that mix up! 21 ------ I wish!
Congratulations Lynn - what lovely news and a great name.
There is the Acer oliverianum http://www.gardenersworld.com/plants/acer-oliverianum/2543.html
but it's not an easy tree to grow and it would be shame if anything happened to something planted to commemorate his birth - that's why I've never planted specific things in memory of special people or occasions - maybe I'm more superstitious than I realise
I think however that I would be happy to create a special garden or area to mark a special event - then if plants sometimes needed replacing they are only one part of the whole and not the entire thing.
Congratulations Lynn. A step over fruit tree? It would be easy for him to reach the fruit.