Sometimes you just have to say goodbye to a dying plant and move on.
I’m pretty good at nursing cool-weather-loving spring annuals through a heat wave or two, but this has been a tough summer for the pansies I bought in April.
I’ve sheared them back a couple of times, which worked on a few pots. But not this one…
Time to say goodbye and dump it on the compost pile. (It actually looked much worse a couple of days later, before I got around to finishing it off.)
But don’t you like the replacement plant I found at the farmstand?
It’s a coleus called ‘Fishnet Stockings’ — great name and it sort of works. Nice detail in the leaves.
Once July comes around, I also get rid of my bleeding heart. See how it’s beginning to turn yellow, then brown.
I cut if back right to the ground and put all of the foliage on the compost pile.
Then I fill in the hole with annuals or use it as a temporary spot for a perennial from another bed that’s suddenly overgrown and out of control.