I was reading a posting written by Ed from “Tales From the Mountain” about his tender Dahlias surprisingly over wintering outdoors with out any effects and their return this spring, and of a hardy plant that had failed to return even with the mild winter they had experienced.
That got me to thinking about my own plants and that I had not spotted a few new plants that were planted last summer or in the fall, and I had planted several. So I gathered up my many lists of plants and where they were planted and went out to the beds to find the new plants.
I was astounded at the number of my own plants that had not thrived and returned after the mild winter that we also had had here in Ohio.
So this is a posting on my plant failures and what nurseries are going to replace them and which are not. To a gardener how a nursery responds to guaranteed plants is very important and I am glad to report that most are glad to replace plants that have failed in the first year. With the age of blogging and sharing of information and facts it could also help get a nursery more customers or none.
the new variegated tall phlox ‘Shockwave’. I had gotten both of them from ‘Lone Willow Farms’. I contacted the nursery but they would not replace them, just to let you gardeners know. So I will not be purchasing from them in the future.
I had ordered some lilies from ‘The Lily Pad’ and they are all growing wonderful this spring. Since I cannot seem to get poppies to grow from seeds for me I purchased two poppies from them and one of them failed but they are kindly giving me a refund for the one that failed so I will be back to purchase from them in the future.
One of the new Coneflowers ‘Sunrise’ from ‘Gorge Top Gardens’
and ‘Double Scoop Raspberry’ from ‘Burpee’ have also failed and I have yet to hear from them on replacements.
From ‘Prairie Moon Nursery’ who has native plants I had purchased three Filipedula rubra ‘Queen of the Prairie’, Meadow Sweet plants. Only one is growing this spring but it was not due to the grade of plants they had sent nor where they were planted because they were in a sunny location with good drainage. It was just one of those things that happen that puzzles a gardener. They are replacing them which I am thrilled about so I will be back to get more native plants from them in the future.
Echinacea Green Envy
Every year I order a few plants from ‘Michigan Bulb Company’ because they have reasonable priced plants, but they are small, and sometimes they do not make it. But they have a wonderful guarantee policy on their plants and have always replace them for me over the years. So if I want a plant they offer and am willing to wait until it grows to maturity I am never afraid to order from them.
Also remember the Raspberry Truffle Coneflower that I adored last summer for it beautiful growth and blooms in its first year? Well it is still missing in action but I am still hoping it will sprout out yet. If not another one will be purchased because I loved this flower.
Almost Black Rose
I also lost the ‘Almost Black’ rose bush that I had had for several years. I do not know why it decided to die on me over the winter. So a new rose to replace it in the Rose Garden has been ordered.
There are several irises and lilies to rule as survivors or failures but I will have to wait until they bloom to make certain they all have survived.
So there were several lost plants this winter and why they were lost in such a mild winter is very puzzling. I guess we all lose plants sometimes despite our best efforts but this year it was especially surprising.
Did you have any failures in your garden this spring?