There are a few things missing from my garden this season, including…
Phlox paniculata ‘Crème de Menthe’. At one time, this was one of my favorite perennials, but it disappeared completely this year. Last year, it was very undersized and I knew it was fading. I probably should have moved it at that time, given it more space and more care, and then I might still have it. I have no idea where I’ll get a replacement plant.
Umbels. Right, we covered them a few days ago, about how my zealous hoeing resulted in the seedlings of dill, carrots, cilantro, and parsnips not having a chance. I still ought to sow a few dill seeds out in the garden and see what comes up.
Mulch. I am a chronic under-mulcher, a late-mulcher. We've had so much rain the past few springs that I get lazy about mulching. Then the rains stop and I see all the dried up beds and all the weeds, and wish I had mulched earlier in the spring. Yes, here is some mulch in the garden, especially in the paths of the vegetable garden but not nearly enough in the flower beds.
I'm also a mulch-experimenter, trying all kinds of mulches, many that are disappointing. Now I have at least found a mulch I like, that I can live with, that doesn’t fuse into solid sheets over time. It’s mini pine bark mulch. I bought 20 three cubic feet bags of it a few weeks ago and started mulching the flower beds this week.
Japanese Beetles. Mind you, I’m not complaining about missing Japanese beetles. I’ve actually seen a few beetles, two on a rose, one at my sister's and five at my nephew's. I've also noticed a bit of damage on some zinnia foliage that is probably caused by these beetles. But by now I should be seeing them all over the grape vine. And I see none. Where are they? They are either very late, or something about the dry summer we had last year or the way the winter was, or who knows what, has perhaps reduced their population? We can only hope, but must remain vigilant.
Rabbits. Where are they? I haven’t seen a rabbit all spring and now it is summer and still no rabbits. Who will be my foe, my worthy opponent in the fight for garden domination? Where in the world did they go? Has my personal war with the rabbits ended?
What’s missing in your garden this season?