And as I was walking around my yard, purveying my army of greenery, I was struck with just how true that is... a garden is really just a large petrie dish so be prepared for anything to happen.
Here's what I found:
- 2 identical plants, planted next to one another, 1 thrives, the other one lives but not as strong. Example: 2 heucheras I planted last summer.
- A plant that is happy all season and then decides not to come back. Example: my 3 lady's mantle were all happy, but 1 of them decided not to join the club this year. Maybe there was a garden with better dirt down the street and he jumped ship?
- The Lazarus syndrome: plants that die when you plant them but the mysteriously come back the next yr. Example: my 3 painted ferns. 2 of them died after I planted them, but then rose from the dead this year looking great. The one I planted that was awesome last yr, came back as a shoot and then promptly died back. What gives?
- When you transplant a plant, but you didn't really get all the roots and so it grows again. This is my favorite form of dividing plants because I get 2 plants for the price of 1 without even trying not to kill one of them. Example: The peony that appeared out of nowhere last yr (a remnant of many owners past), now that area is shady so I moved it last Fall and low and behold it appeared again. Apparently, I didn't dig out all the roots. And the best part, it has a huge bud on it.