I'm having a hard time deciding what to do with all the bulbs I planted.
When in bloom they are beautiful to look at, but the Ixias are so tall and spindly, the stems don't stay upright under the weight of the blooms, I have them tied to the windmill with a piece of cloth tape.
The freesias and bluebells are completely flattened, with squashed blooms, by the cats that lie on them, or by people tramping over the patch to pick a bit of this or that.
One of the larger jades was broken right through the middle. I dug up the broken section and replanted it at the other end of the garden.
The ranunculus are lovely, but only one colour seems to have survived. I could buy more, but where would I put them? Maybe in a pot and dig up the originals and put them in a pot also, but the space I had for bulbs pots in the beginning, is now taken up with different plants in pots.
There are still some freesias in pots, but they too are flattened and not blooming at all, the daffodils I had in the front corner were once again stripped of buds before they bloomed, so I've dug them up and distributed the bulbs in other pots with cuttings that I hope will grow.
Anemones? A fair bit of greenery appeared, but only three blooms which didn't last long.
The croton stems are probably going to die, they were half dead when I bought them at the supermarket for 1/3 the original price. I'll put them back in pots and feed them Seasol, maybe they'll come good.
The herbs I had in pots aren't doing so well either, the mint is lovely for now, but the sage is dying and the oregano is hidden by whatever bulb greenery is also in the pot. I was sure I'd gotten all the bulbs out of there, or maybe the oregano died and then I planted bulbs and now they are fighting for space....
Most of the succulents are surviving, but not thriving, maybe I could put some of those back in pots and fill the porch steps, since I also have a path and don't need to use the steps to get to the front porch.
I think the one big problem is that garden bed is so full of tree roots from the plum trees, and any time I dig in there, the roots are disturbed and send up lots of new shoots that I don't want.
It gets a lot of north and west exposure, so summers are very hot and dry there, keeping up the water is costly and time consuming, which is why I tried the succulents.
Too many of the plants I tried, failed, which is disheartening. I simply don't know what to do next.
Perhaps I should have just left the ugly, prickly grasses and sat inside reading books instead?
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