Caveat: these flowers may be just fine in another situation, or perhaps if you know how to treat them right. They may in fact be on your list of favorites, and perhaps I am unfairly maligning them. Please don't be offended or arrest me for plant calumny - this is just my two cents based on my particular growing experience!
|Cosmos 'Daydream' falling on squash|
|Cosmos 'Sonata' also falling on squash, despite wooden supports intending to prevent this|
|Lavatera 'Mont Blanc' blooming for 4 minutes|
|Lavatera 'Mont Blanc' about to melt (note poor condition of foliage)|
|Gomphrena 'Woodcreek Lavender' with Zinnia 'Benary's Giant Salmon' (why?)|
|Clarkia elegans 'Appleblossom'|
Bells of Ireland
Another annual that I will never grow again is Bells of Ireland, molucella laevis. This is what it looks like at first:
|Bells of Ireland and annual Candytuft|
|Bells of Ireland going crazy|
So I decided never to plant this awful curse again. Only bad luck for me, because Bells of Ireland reseeds abundantly and widely, as any garden reference can tell you. (I actually do own many garden references and you would think I would consult them before planting something. Yet somehow, I still see a pretty picture in a seed catalog and think "The best way to find out about this plant is to scatter seed in the garden and just see what happens! No need to consult the wisdom of millions of gardeners who have gone before me - that would be a cop-out!") This was about five years ago, and every year since then I have been pulling stinky seedlings. Someone else has inherited my old rented community plot now - poor unfortunate soul! I will miss many things about that old familiar piece of ground - the loamy texture which I broke my back to achieve, the giant pile of free all-you-can-haul compost and leaf mold, the neighborly garden companionship. But molucella, I say goodbye to you with a smile.