On top of that, we have two very active dogs and standard city-sized (read: small) lot. From picking tomatoes to eating flowers to trampling hydrangeas to grazing on ornamental grasses, these two cuties are no help in the gardening department.
I think what I'm trying to say is that we've killed a lot of plants. And grass. Last year we headed out to our local nursery, bought plants with the appropriate sun requirements, fenced off the garden beds and organized all our receipts/plant tags/planting maps so we could take advantage of the 2 year warranty on perennials.
And then we had the most miserable winter imaginable and of the 9 daises we planted in the raised bed not a single one came up. Not one. I would have marched all 9 dead plants back to the nursery, but after 100 years in business they closed their doors in December. Go figure.
We're trying again with perennials, this year. We adjusted what we bought based on what we've learned about the sun in that particular garden. And since we're late to the planting game, we got some great deals at Home Depot. Once we had everything in the ground we realized we'll need a couple more plants, but at least it's a start! We also added about 6 bags of organic compost with manure to the soil, hoping that will help the plants survive.
In the sunny part of the garden, we have dahlias, white coneflowers and black eyed susans. As it gets shadier, we have heuchera and lamium. At the very end of the bed, we get very little sun (but just enough to kill ferns, ask me how I know) and almost no rain water. I planted some leftover impatiens there earlier in the Spring and they're doing well! We're filling in the rest of the area with ground cover and encouraging some morning glory plants to climb the fence.
We still need another plant or two and some mulch to finish it off, but it's nice to see life in the garden again.
I'm really hopeful that we might see all these plants again next Spring! And if not, hopefully Home Depot will still be in business and I will most certainly take advantage of their 1 year guarantee.
Black thumbs unite; tell me all your stories about killing plants. It makes me feel better about my deadly habit. Or tell me how to keep these babies alive. That'd be helpful, too!