The tulips were beautiful and so the next year, I bought over a hundred bulbs, hyacinths and aliums and more tulips and I can't remember.
That's when the fight began. I was always dealing with deer but when my tulips didn't return the next year, I was dealing with a new enemy. Moles! There were other under ground rodents, I'm sure. The holes, raised earth and upturned bulbs tore through my heart. All that effort to plan the bulbs and what came up were a few hyacinths and the aliums. The mums were fine but a new gardening struggle began.
Finally, I gave in and had my front porch area redone. I have a workable space now and little at a time, while I fight the elements, I decided this year to document any progress. My goal now is that every year must get better. If not better, at least give me a new solution. I'm looking at my garden in a logical way. What works and where? I would love to have lilies line my driveway, but we'll get to those.
This picture below is the same as the one above. It was taken March 18th of this year. This is my documentation.
The plant on the left of the phlox and irises is one that I planted last year. I don't remember the name but I remember that it was a flowering plant and it flowered in the summer. Or so I think. Last year, it didn't flower at all. I let it go. This year, we'll see. The plant seems to be healthier and maybe it'll flower. Maybe it won't. For now, this area is not going to be fiddled with for another couple of years, till my Irises crowd out.
The lilies that line the driveway? They came up. Got eaten. They are still growing a bit. Who knows? I don't think they'll make it. They didn't last year. But more to come about all that.
That's all for now folks. This blog is really more for me than for you. I really want my garden to be special and so little at a time, I'm working on it.