Plantidote of the Day 2011-05-26
Special Lost Mojo edition
That little container was supposed to be full of Love-in-a-Mist flowers by now. But this year everything in the garden is failing big time and I have no idea why. Normally, Love-in-a-aMist is a no-brainer to grow -- sprinkle the seeds around, cover them lightly and pretty soon you've got flowers. Not this year. This year I got ... mushrooms!?!? But wait -- it gets worse!
Here's the latest shot of another garden staple ...
A week or so ago, that was a nice, healthy catnip plant. Normally, catnip grows here like a weed. Not this year, obviously. Various other seeds sprouted, then mysteriously withered away or were eaten by snails, slugs (new this year!) or who knows what.
Granted, it's been unseasonably cold here in Zone 10, but not thatcold! Of course, it could be me. At best, I'm a mediocre gardener, but this is a new all-time low. Anyone else having trouble getting -- and keeping -- plants going? Let's commiserate!
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