“What Didn’t Work”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
Now that summer is slowly coming to an end, this is probably a good time to review what didn’t do well in the garden this year. As I have posted throughout the summer, you have seen what flourished in the garden with all my photos of thriving and blooming plants. Well, now I won’t bore you with photos of bare spots in the garden or containers that only hold dirt, but here goes with the disappointments of the growing season of 2009.
First big disappointment was the premature death of the cardoon I purchased in the spring. I was so excited to get this plant as I had seen photos of this large architectural plant. I planted it in a very large container (about 30 inches) and underplanted it with Margarite sweet potato vine. The sweet potato vine thrived, but the cardoon expired after about six weeks. I don’t know what happened. The only thing I can think of is the extreme heat we experienced in early June. I had such high hopes for this plant, but, alas, it was not meant to be for my garden.
Another disappointment was the mini silver supertunia. I had planted this as an experiment to see if it would survive our summer as it is advertised to do. It didn’t. It did last until early August though. I may try and plant this in the fall though. Petunias do better for us when planted then and last until the heat of May.
Well, considering all the planting I did, having these not make it isn’t too bad; it is just that I wanted these to do well in the garden. I looked forward to the cardoon and torenia especially. I do think that the unusually high heat of early June is what caused their demise. I kept things watered, but newly planted annuals can’t take temperatures in the low 100’s. I just hope that next year we have a normal June weather pattern – rainy afternoons and temperatures in the low 90’s. Give the plants a chance to settle in before the brutal weather of July and August arrive.