I've been bad. And I'm ashamed.
There is no excuse for this kind of neglect, but it happened. Christmas through to March seems to be our busiest time of the year, and this year was no exception.
In juggling the balls, I let the garden ball slip.
I lost 1 houseplant; 2 are in critical condition and at least 1 has been quietly and discretely removed from my care by my green-thumbed in-laws.
I could hide from the HDYGG link up for a while longer, red-faced; but I thought I could also be honest with the whole gardening thing.
When I shamefully confessed to the Hubs that I have killed a few plants, he responded with a shrug "Oh well!"
I'm still slapping myself on the wrist about it all. Like: "a plant is for life, not just a season darn it! Don't take things in if you can't look after them properly. Lazy woman!"
But you know, things change.
Last year, I had more time to potter out in the garden and do bits and bobs. This year, I have a new job that I love, but not as much time for the garden.
So I just need to help my plants to be a bit more independent and place them in better locations so that they can fend for themselves while I'm out having a career.
These ones look alright.
But that's because they are fake.
Real women have overgrown bits and bobs, right?
Like lavender here:
She hasn't cut her overgrowth since who knows when!
(And she still has gentlemen bumblebee callers. Not like those fake bloomers.)
Stuff is growing. It's still happening in places, despite the neglect.
It's not all bad though.
New growth at the end of the old, dry twigs of last years' growth.
Daffodils are not my cup of tea, except chopped and displayed in a vase, but these ones stay. They are trying their hardest to attract eyes away from the mess.
This Buddleia was a scrawny thing, pretty much dead. But as a last attempt to help it, I tied it to the wash line for support. It's doing well and up to my chest now. But it's interfering with the kids' pole climbing.
Some stuff is happy, regardless. Some things are dead. And some things will be ok with a bit of attention over the holidays.
This time last year
This time last year
In general, things were looking better, but still needed some TLC. I think things will be fine. Easter holidays are here, so I'll have a bit more time to get stuck in. I need to get things ready for when the Poppies come again!