Just like many of you, I'm starting to think about the 2015 garden.
What it will look like.
What should be added, subtracted, repeated....
Above: Ipomoea x imperialis 'Sunrise Serenade'
Double morning glory 'Sunrise serenade' should definitely be repeated.
Afterall, it had no sooner started blooming when the bunnies chewed it off at the base last summer.
I was lucky to have snapped a couple pics the morning these first blooms opened because by the same evening, the whole vine was wilting.
Echinacea 'Supreme Cantaloupe' is something else I want to repeat.
You might remember last season was my first time succumbing to a double flowering (fancy) Echinacea.
It was the color that got me (remember the apricot post) ~ how I'm a sucker for anything that fades to antique apricot...
Unfortunately, the rabbits got it too. They really seem to love Echinaceas??
Every one I plant, they chew to soil level.
Just like they did my prize David Austin 'French Lace' floribunda rose.
ugh. 2014 was already a difficult year in the garden but the financial impact directly attributed to rabbits was hard to suffer. Loss after loss due to their insatiable appetites...
The only positive thing I can say is they have good taste!
I'm hoping they did not get Anemone 'Pretty Lady Emily' which was added last fall.
I need more carefree, reliable perennials plus (obviously) a potent, effective rabbit deterrent, that's for sure.
I would also like to try Amaranthus 'caudatus' (love-lies-bleeding) again.
I squeezed it into a container last summer, with too many other inhabitants, and the photo below is the best it looked before stalling out and more or less failing to thrive.
Lesson learned here: Pace myself, there's always next year. It sure didn't pay off trying to have everything at once when space is a consideration.
Fuchsia magellanica 'Lady's Eardrops' overwintered indoors so it will definitely be back in the 2015 garden.
Such a very elegant fuchsia...
Thanks for going along on this part of the review with me ~ looking back at the previous seasons garden is a "must do" for me each year.
The photos are reminders of failures & successes and give me a jump start on planning. This year, when I want to strive toward a more "maintenance-free" garden, reviewing is even more important. I want to confine the annuals & tender plants to containers (and to a minimum) and plant more "hardy" plants directly into the garden. We'll see how that manifests.
I'm curious how everyone else plans? Do you keep a list of plants you want to add (mental or physical) or work from another angle???