We have all been guilty of it. We see a plant that we like, in fact it is love at first sight. We must have it right away, now, without delay. The only spanner in the works of this burgeoning affair of the hortie heart is that we can’t plant it out straight away. There could be many reasons for this first hiccough in our relationship. Perhaps we are off trekking across the Hindu Kush and can’t rearrange. Maybe a total revamp of the garden has been planned and it can’t be used until the Japanese Tea House has been built. Or maybe a little juggling needs to be done before it will actually fit anywhere. So it stays in the pot. It then gets shoved in a cosy corner for the winter with good intentions to give it our full attention in the spring. In the spring it looks a little grim so we keep it in the pot for a little longer to recover. Then one morning 20 years later, it has become a 3m tree. Still in its pot.