As the perennials have come up — or not, as the case may be — this year, we have been witnessing a number of oddities. In our previous location, I had a fairly extensive perennial garden but never noticed the kinds of things that I have been seeing this year. Back there, it seemed that all of my plants came up each year and that significant variations in size weren’t the norm. But this is a different environment with very little soil, so weirdness ensues.
Above: three salvia plants with of three different sizes, one being quite stunted.
Below: three shasta daisies, again one being quite retarded in its development.
Above: three echinacea plants in their third year. I don’t remember the middle one being so much smaller than the other two last year. Note: the seedy forget-me-nots have since been cleared away, and that spot now looks a whole lot better.
Below: a great gap in the side garden where three shastas and two mums did not re-appear at all (between the red lines). I understand that shastsas and mums are quite related, but this would have been the third year for the shastas, and they were fine last year. I have begun to fill in the space with rudbeckia but must determine how to deal with the rest of the gap. Perhaps, I will simply plant a few annuals to get us through this year.
Above: in the backyard, are two joe pyes. They were both planted last year, and they are different cultivars, but the lighter green one to the front did seem to outdo the other last year. This year, we witness quite a role reversal: to the point where I begin to wonder about the health of the one.
Below: this is not a mystery, just a view of our silk lilac tree from my den window. It’s got quite a crown of blossoms right now. Nice.