Readers, Welcome to my blog (formerly Birds, Blooms, Books, etc). I'm entering a new decade - my 70th and taking on the challenge of moving from Maryland after living there 46 years and learning about my new home here in New England in the Live Free or Die state - New Hampshire. Join me as a write this new chapter of my life.

Thursday, June 16, 2011


I know you have them, too: disappointments. New plants that don't thrive. Plants that don't grow. And plants that get eaten. Here are a few of mine.

Impatiens! I'm impatient for them to grow into the mounds that they used to grow to at my old house. Here in the midst of the woods you would think they would thrive in my glen garden. They aren't and to add insult to injury the ground hog or something has taken to munching on them.

This was a lovely little saxifrage - purple rose. It is the only plant that died during the time I was away. My teen watering team may not have given this one the water it needed or it may have succumbed to the high temps this region had last week. I haven't had much success in this spot with other plants either. Hmm .. could be the soil?

Okay - so my camera focused on the mulch behind but you can see the stems in the foreground have been nibbled. This is on a phlox that I got from a friend in Nebraska. My liquid fence treatment last month is wearing off and needs to be reapplied very soon. This plant won't have many blooms this year.

Rather than purchasing pre-planted hanging baskets I made my own. I bought new liners, fresh soil that holds water, and the plants. This basket looks great in the front but in the back you can see the plant that was to fill that spot didn't survive.

Okay this is a success. I couldn't end on such a negative note! Here's one of my pots planted. The flowers are more pink than the photo shows. Oh well, so my camera is a disappointment. May have to rectify that soon.


Robin said...

Great post! I used to plant impatiens by my back porch in NJ. They were the most beautiful plants and always grew into beautiful mounds. I have never had them grow like that any where else that I have lived :(

With regard to your rose that died, sometimes there is a spot that nothing seems to grow in. I have had that happen to me.

Anyway, I think that you should ask Santa for a new camera. My Santa got me a new one this year. It's great now....but what a learning curve!

HolleyGarden said...

Sorry you have so many disappointments. I have quite a few in my garden, too, and I can't blame any of them on a teen! I have a new camera, and I have not been happy with it. Good luck finding one. Of course, I might like it better if I took the time to read the instructions!

wilderness said...

Marcia sorry about your losses. We all have them. I don't know of anything else that so many of us love doing that has the ability to hand us so many disappointment that gardening. There is something about gardeners that just thrive on I am going to get it right yet.