I’ve waited hopefully, cut back hard, watered optimistically but the time has come to admit defeat. Well almost – I will be making one or two last ditch attempts to prevent the inevitable flatline. Okay, let’s reveal the damage caused by my neglect, lack of experience or possibly the oh so harsh winter.
Fred, Fred, I think the lemon tree is dead! The move to this new garden was all the more exciting because there was a greenhouse. Oh what exotics I would be able to grow. Fred will remember the melons that succumbed to red spider mite. And now the lemon tree, after one summer of delivering beautifully scented flowers, looks very sickly. It was stowed in the greenhouse for winter, fleeced when the temperatures fell and an extra layer added when -7 degrees was imminent. It was watered and fed but as the temperatures rose and the fleece was removed the outcome did not look good. I am, on Fred’s advice, going to cut back all the brown leaved stems and I’ll wait a while to see if any new growth emerges. But I have a feeling another lemon tree will be bought and perhaps a greenhouse heater!
Fred may have some advice for me here as well. The French Lavender received as a housewarming gift also looks dead. I am going to cut this back to the base of all the stems and do some more of that optimistic watering and waiting. If not, another Lavender will be bought! Or maybe this is this space for a small daphne?
For this one I am going for the very cold wet winter as cause of death. But I suppose it also comes under the heading of right plant, wrong place. These straggly stems are the last remains of Stachys byzantina ‘Silver Carpet’. I don’t think they are going to make it at all. Perhaps this is the place for some hellebores.
A few more greenhouse deaths: a pelagonium cutting – underwatered, and a salvia cutting – I think, but of course I didn’t label it. This was doing fine until I went away for a few days and the greenhouse temperatures hit 40 degrees. At least I know the automatic vents work.
Yes there’s more. This rose came with the garden. I released it from bindweed, pruned it, fed it and enjoyed a profusion of pinky apricot flowers. It really performed and then it died. I think I didn’t water it enough. It takes a while to work out the intensity of the sun in a new garden. I cut it back as ruthlessly as I could bear and waited but there is not a sign of new growth and it has to go. This is quite an interesting opportunity as I plan to extend the other end of this border which will make R.Natasha Richardson the centre point. Time to work out what will go either side, something that likes it hot and dry I think.
I am being philosophical. It’s all part of getting to know a new garden and understanding the physics of greenhouses! I couldn’t bring myself to provide a completely dead six and of course the tulips are coming out. So here’s what is zinging in the garden (for now): Unknown tulip and Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii. Perfect when accompanied by sunshine and blue skies!
I am sure there will be some more cheerful sixes in this week’s #SixOnSaturday collections. All the links will be at The Propagator’s blog. Take a look and be inspired, as I know I will be, to enjoy your garden this weekend.