Thursday, September 5, 2013

It's Dead, Jim...




Embothrium coccineum (just beyond the sprinkler's reach, unbeknownst to me)

Viburnum bodnantense 'New Dawn' (in a similar spot)

Ribes speciosum (never even made it into the ground)

'Red Majestic' Contorted Filbert

Schizophragma hydrangeoides roseum

Asarum caudatum

Clematis 'Rooguchi' and a not so successful attempt to use a Hamamelis as a trellis

Lady fern 'Lady in red'

Sambucus racemosa (But the weed is nice and green!)

Requiescat in pace

Have you killed anything lately?

13 comments:

  1. Alison, Michael and I use that Star Trek line all the time...It works on so many levels! So sorry you've had a few plant losses. Yes, I have killed several plants this summer. Penstemon 'Dark Towers' and several Asclepia tuberosa all drowned from too much rain! Oh yes and an absolutely splendid native azalea bit the dust because I planted it too late in the season. Rest in peace beautiful plants! gail

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  2. Oh, I should run out and take some photos too...I usually just pluck 'em out and throw 'em away so I won't have 'evidence'. I've had my share too...always irritating and sometimes sad. Especially when the plant was fairly $$costly and you had high hopes for it... :(

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  3. Don't give up on Ribes speciosum Dr. McCoy, they often go dormant during dry summers and re grow foliage when the rain returns. The contorted filbert still has a couple of leaves, there's always hope. I'm a doctor Jim, not a horticulturist. Sorry about your crispy critters but we can replace them on Saturday when we visit the plant replicator.

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  4. Yikes! But you can just consider these opportunities for new plants, right?

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  5. Oh, I am so sorry for your losses!

    Cut everything that looks dead to the ground and give it another chance from the roots, I always say. I agree with The Outlaw about summer dormancy. If you can't get a drink, just shrivel up for a while and wait.

    This reminded me to run out with some pruners and cut the top out of the native Paw Paw that had a dead limb. I try not to memorialize dead plants, just soldier on. Mine die in direct proportion to cost.

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  6. What a perfect combination of the Star Trek clip and the photos of the unfortunate plants. I've had plenty of plants bite the dust, but in the future, I'll be playing that clip in my head as I toss them!

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  7. I also lost Asarum caudatum, Rooguchi, and 3 out of 4 Sambucus. My condolences. I looked at my hens and chicks I was inspired to try once again and the bases of each seems to be rotting away and turning into grey slime. I guess I should try scraping away the slime and drying them out, is there any hope? The Star Trek clip was outrageous, thanks for the laugh.

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  8. Bummer...time to go plant shopping! Great Star Trek reference.

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  9. I've been lazy with the hand watering this summer and relied on my sprinkler instead, but I made sure to over compensate the reach to make sure I got everything in the corners. I watered the sidewalk and the driveway a little, but hey it's my water bill.

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  10. Never. I've never killed a plant.
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    I have read that DeForest Kelly, the actor who played McCoy, was quite a gardener. Perhaps why that line came so very easy to him?

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  11. Oh, you managed to make death funny! I love that.
    I have learned over the years that you can spend a lot of money on plants that you end up killing because they just weren't very happy where you planted them. I don't do that so much any more.

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  12. Oops! But it's all part of gardening...

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  13. Oh no! I've definitely killed things this summer but my brain has quite efficiently purged the memory. Thank goodness we have an exchange coming up!

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