This past winter has been especially hard on the landscape. I know others have had similar problems. Our evergreen (Victoria) magnolia tree that has been doing so well, decided it wanted to commit a slow suicide. We already lost all the salal in that area and now the 3 camellias (trellised) are in the process of dying.
|Isn't this pathetic?? Salal, camellias and magnolia. All needs to be dug out and redone. I think I will try 3 clematis in place of the camellias and don't know what kind of tree to try as this one replaced a coral bark maple tree that died.|
|Not a pretty site!|
|We have...had....several Nandina (heavenly bamboo) that have ALL succumbed over the winter. And they are so pretty and do not spread like regular bamboo. This clematis is winding its way upward and should be blooming pretty soon.|
"Phytopthora is a genus of plant-damaging Oomycetes (water molds), whose member species are capable of causing enormous economic losses on crops worldwide, as well as environmental damage in natural ecosystems." I guess so!
When I joined the Issaquah Garden Club shortly after we built our house, I was eager to really get out there and garden! I love our garden club and since I am the VP this coming year, I have been busy finding experts to speak at our meetings and arranging field trips. I just wish I could really put my knowledge to good use! I shudder when I think of all the specialty plants I have purchased over the past 11 years only to have them die.I have enjoyed ordering things from Plant Delights because they have plants that are really unusual and their catalog is a hoot to read. Check them out at: http://www.plantdelights.com/
I refuse to totally give up, however, as I have taken to using containers. I now have a hanging tomato plant although it is not doing as well as I'd like!
|This is an heirloom Roma tomato but I also have a Cabernet tomato plant and an heirloom Radiator Charlie. We'll see! It really is just deer bait.|
|My Meyer's lemon tree is now outside and I have some lemons growing!|
|These strawberries shouldn't be in a pot! There is never enough to do anything with. In the ground they would be rabbit food. Ask me how I know.|
|Several years ago I made this hypertufa container and planted it with succulents. Isn't it purdy!?|
|I purchased a variety of flowers from Squak Mountain Nursery for my hanging basket and it is only a mild success. Wish it had filled in more. My fault, I didn't have big enough holes cut in the coco liner. I need to spend the money and buy one of Pamela Crawford's hanging baskets. Check out her site: http://www.gardenartisans.us/pamelacrawfordscontainergardens.aspx|
|Ajuga (purple/blue flowering) is spent and the daylilies are blooming. That is grass in the background growing over the drainfield but miscanthus (ornamental grasses) seem to thrive in our yard. Imagine that!|
|OF COURSE! Look what thrives. Butterfly bush, which was NOT planted in this spot, is invasive, but it will remain because it hasn't died!|