I’m worried about my flower garden. With the exception of a couple trays of annuals, it has been on autopilot the last two years. Five or six years ago, we did a large planting with some hummingbird sweet bushes, evergreens, a small Japanese maple, and a lovely butterfly bush. But the hummingbird sweet bushes have died, one by one (I pulled one up), and the viburnum is spiky and weird. Nearly all of my thyme has withered or has been overtaken by that scamp, oregano, and the rosemary didn’t make it over the winter. And just last week I had our landscape guitarist pull out the butterfly bush, which had gotten huge and leggy, and now I have no main attraction for the hummingbirds.
We *must* have hummingbirds.That will be my focus for the sunny end of the garden. I think I would like another sort of bush as a centerpiece.
Still, I haven’t been able to dedicate a lot of thought and energy to the project this season, what with finishing and editing this novel. But I was captivated by the garden center at the Rural King today. It’s time…
We’re in Southern Illinois, so we can’t have things that are too delicate (recall the rosemary from above?). I’d love to hear what your garden is like, and to get your thoughts on what we should plant.
Let me know your ideas. I need your inspiration !
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