June 30, 2009

Garden Bloggers' Death Day - 06/30/09

Kate at Gardening Without Skills had the idea to host Garden Bloggers' Death Day on the last of day of every month. I think it's a terrific idea, a change of pace from looking at photos of incredibly beautiful flowers and healthy luscious vegetables. Admit it, you have something ugly-looking in your garden right now that you could be sharing with us.

See what happened to my Pulmonaria 'Raspberry Splash' (lungwort)? It may not be completely dead because it looks like there's still a bit of a green heartbeat going on in the center of the plant and I suspect the roots are still good. I'll prune it back and hope for the best.

The lungwort looked like this in May, 2009. Keeping my fingers crossed for 2010.

If you'd like to join in, go to Gardening Without Skills and leave a comment about what's dead or almost dead in your garden and we'll come visit. Share a story and a photo, it'll make us all feel better about our own gardening skills.

I wonder how Kate came up with a name like Gardening Without Skills for her blog because she clearly has gardening skills, chicken raising skills, children raising skills, writing skills and a sense of humor.


  1. GAH on the 'Raspberry Splash' plant you've got there! It looks like it had the potential to be so pretty, but it looks like it's got two roots in the grave. I hope a good pruning causes it to perk up a bit.
    And thank you SO much for the kind words!!!! That really put a smile on my face!! I'm afraid I feel like a complete fish out of water in the garden though... I wander around quite lost with a gardening book under one arm and the phone in the other hoping I can figure out what to do - or at least call someone who does! LOL.

  2. Death Day is a hilarious idea for a post. It's true we all have our share of post mortems. Some years I think the mortality rate is about 50%, although that's OK because other plants spread and take up the slack.

  3. A sense of humor is definitely necessary for a gardener;-) I'm sure there are some who can't see the humor in the loss of their pricey perennials, but that's why I don't buy any that are ridiculously expensive (usually!). (Although, unless grown from seed, many of them are getting more expensive each year)!

  4. I absolutely love the idea of Death Day because we ALL have those disappointments in the garden.
    I hope your lungwort has a better year next time around!

  5. Sorry about your pretty plants. :( But I am glad you got to play along!

  6. Ahh...I say if it can't survive, too bad. Out with the old, in with the new! I don't cry anymore over dead stuff, there's always something new to try. And I have had LOTS Of dead plants. Some even dissappeared over night, dang voles. I hope your Lungwort makes it till next year, you never know.

  7. GBDD is a great idea. I have a candidate - I don't think my gardenia will make it to the end of the month!

  8. Kate and Crew - If the gardening books and phone don't help, there's always the internet and your garden blogger friends. Just don't ask me about chickens?

    sweet bay - Some plants just aren't meant for our gardens no matter how we wish it so.

    Jan (Thanks for 2 Day) - I know what you mean about the prices of perennials. That's one good reason for sharing.

    ArtCricket2 - I kinda like DD, too. It gets tiresome to see nothing but perfection.

    Dani - It was fun for me to visit your blog.

    Rosey Pollen - You're so funny. Can't say that I've had any plants completely disappear overnight, but the chipmunks like to dig them up and throw them around.

    Marie - I hope you've posted a photo of the sick gardenia. I'll be over to check it out.

  9. Its been 36 days without rain here, so alot of plants are dying in my neck of the woods! I have already lost quite a few


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