There comes a time in a young gardens life when it goes through an ugly phase. Usually in late spring or early summer you can tell what worked and what didn’t and the “what didn’ts” can be a bit disheartening. Something part of your design might not work or you may have a string of plant deaths that make you question whether you really know what the hell you are doing. Maybe you actually have one of those black thumbs that none gardeners are always talking about.
There have definitely been some disappointments in my garden. I usually notice them when I am crawling around the garden grouchily pulling out the stupid kikuyu grass that keeps coming back. Some perennials are growing slower than I thought they would, of course there are plants that I was really excited about that dropped dead for no discernible reason even though everything around them is thriving, entire areas where I added that new soil are dying or not thriving (I should have added compost instead of just planting mix – that can always be fixed), and of course a few plants that are new to me aren’t quite as impressive as I thought they would be or didn’t bloom as long as I thought they would.
Before you let your failures get you down it is important to step back and look at the garden as a whole to see what did work and make notes about what can be improved for next year. The garden as a whole doesn’t look so bad.
Looks nice enough from a distance, right? In the medit garden the Santolinas are blooming, and the Gaura and Nepeta have been pretty successful. I absolutely love the silvery white Calocephalus and the Salvia ‘Aromas’ has been pretty awesome. The California poppies were amazing and I have cut most of them back all the way to the ground in the hopes that they will leaf out again this fall and come back even stronger next year.
The new annuals to the left of the mailbox are filling in and I think they will be really nice when they bloom.
Next year the garden will be even better! But I think it is off to a good start (just don’t look too close).