Every-time I go to Wal-Mart I pass a house with gorgeous flower beds. Every year they are a solid mass of petunias in different colors. This year they are white and shades of pink.
Wanting to reproduce this carpet of color in my own yard I stopped one day last summer and asked the lady how she managed to get this result. She told me what brand of petunias she purchased and gave me the name of the nursery where she bought her plants. I couldn't wait for this spring so I could follow her directions and have my own variegated carpet of flowers around my Birch tree.
I followed the notes I took to the letter. I went out every night and watered and fertilized and talked to my pricy petunias. I was not going to let this year's drought keep me from my goal of having a solid carpet of blooms circling my tree.
Please note all of the above photos were taken several days ago.
This is my lovely (ever so disappointing) birch tree with its ring of petunias. What did I do wrong?
Yep, tomorrow I am going back to see the petunia lady. Surely, I must have missed one of her key instructions. No way could she have deliberately skipped the most important part in telling me how to copy her success.
I swear that next year my tree ring will match the mound around her mailbox. You will just have to come back for the next chapter in my "Carpet of Blooms" saga.