In gardening there is a phrase that's used a lot. Right plant, right place. There are entire books dedicated to this concept. Basically, the theory holds that if you plant the right plants for the conditions of your particular location/soil/climate, you'll have success -- beautiful blooms, less maintenance, the heavens will part and angels will sing. I know this concept. I have the book. I explain it to newer gardeners. But, Dangit! Sometimes I get it wrong anyway.
Big Mistake. I have been fighting with that cottage garden for five seasons now. Oh, it looks great for about 2 weeks every year in early June. (Here it is in it's most promising phase this past June. . .)
I get seduced again and again and again by The Potential of those 2 short weeks. I throw more plants at the cottage garden every year about that time. But then. . . reality sets in. This is not the Right Place for a cottage garden! It is too sunny. It is very dry. The west wind sends strong breezes. Deer and rabbits feast. FEAST! In short, it is a disaster by the end of June.
I have now, officially, Given Up on having a cottage garden in that particular location. I cleared out plants this weekend. (For you knitters out there. . . I'm "frogging" this garden!)
I'm moving some of the plants to other spots in my yard -- where the conditions are better for them. I'm packing plants up and sharing them with gardening friends.
Everything must go!
And, just so you don't think that gardening is all work and no fun, here's a little video clip of Brian and Jenny . . . helping me . . . this weekend.