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After the tree fell in the side yard during the first blizzard of 2010, taking down the power lines with it, in order to provide access to the electric meter so that new lines could be erected, I had to cut down the ten foot tall arborvitae that used to stand in front of the meter. As part of the rebuilding of the side yard, the landscaper planted a tall skip laurel that will grow to shield the meter from view (while providing access for the meter reader). This is a lovel plant with large deep green leaves and has nice white flowers that have already begun to bloom. This is the first plant toward the front of the house in the new side yard foundation bed. Here it is just after planting.
A week or so later, it's in bloom.
Even with a blisteringly hot summer and a horrible winter with feet and feet of snow, the skip laurel has thrived and is in bloom during April 2011.
In early April 2012, the skip laurel has bloomed.
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