I’ve been patient, but now I’m starting to lose hope. It’s been a slow, cold spring, so I’ve been waiting and watching. “They’ll come up,” I kept telling myself. But they haven’t. And now I’m guessing they won’t.
I hate to admit it, but my shade garden took a hit. Could it be because we finally had a real Minnesota winter and I didn’t mulch well? Whatever the reason, I lost a surprising number of perennials. Some brunnera, a ligularia and a couple of coral bells.
I loved those darn plants. Especially the Jack Frost brunnera, with its variegated leaves and forget-me-not flowers. But after a couple trips to the garden centers, I’ve decided I’m not going to replace them. Hey, these are pricey perennials. And what’s to say the same thing won’t happen again?
Instead, I’m practicing survival-of-the-fittest gardening. I’m dividing shade perennials (sensitive ferns, European ginger, bloodroot) from other parts of my garden and moving them into the holes left by my MIA plants.
But I’m still bummed. So can you help me out here? By way of consolation, can you share of few of your garden losses? At least tell me I’m not the only one!