If you give a castor bean plant water and fish emulsion every three weeks and plant it in a sunny place, it will look like this.
And the root ball will be so thick and sturdy by the next spring that you'll have to clip the roots and then hang your whole body weight on the trunk to get it out of the ground.
I planted a Chionochloa rubra in its place, along with some annual tidytips (Layia platyglossa) to fill in.
Greg was so insistent that this grass not poke into the driveway (the castor bean did) that I planted it too close to the Mahonia. Now the question is, can I plant another castor bean here for the summer while the grass gets up to size? Maybe I won't give it quite so much fish emulsion this time.