Early mistakes and successes
I remember enjoying the abundance of flowers in our garden as a kid but took little notice of the work and skill my parents put into it. When I was six or seven my mum cleared me a little patch and gave me a packet of mixed flower seeds to sow. I remember being delighted with the results but a bit disappointed they weren't quite as good as the picture on the packet (1st lesson in real gardening) Lupins continued to grow in that patch for years afterwards and forget-me-nots from my patch were allowed to seed around the garden into any little space and in spring it was a joyful froth of blue.
I didn't really start gardening properly until about eight years ago.
My best mistakes (so far) are
Planted a large and expensive Ceanothus with a whole load of half rotted compost and watched it burn to death.
Bought one of those '100 Perennials for £30' deals which were so small they all fitted in a shoe box. I planted them all out immediately it was cold and frosty the ground was completely compacted I dug the smallest hole my miniscule plants could be forced into - all this in heavy shade.....Guess how many of these plants thrived?
Grew some delphiniums from seed potted them on into big pots, restricted their flowering the first year.....sounds like a success so far right? Then I planted them in a bed 1ft x 4ft........all 7 of them!
After all these disasters it's a wonder I'm still nuts about gardening but I am....more so with every season....
What were your early successes and failures? Do tell...