My gardening budget has been slashed to shreds, and I have had to take stock of which perennials, and annuals performed the best. It's each plant for themselves this coming spring, and poor performers need not apply for any available positions in my garden
If a perennial died over the winter, due to the elongated stretch of cold, and snow that we are unaccustomed to, then HR, had better not rehire them again. For all around enthusiasm in a small container, Cosmos really stepped up to the challenge. They were easily seeded, loved neglect, and the less I watered them, the more they bloomed. The double flowering Cosmo is such a great performer and I saved lots of seeds. I am hoping to reward them with a promotion to the big pots that line my balcony next summer. Carefree gardening with the large flowered Babies breath, Gypsophilla, is simply amazing. Cascading white flowers on glaucous green leaves, bloomed it's little heart out. Talk about a good hiring decision. The hydrangeas, well, lets just say that some of them were not the best workers in my container garden. Some produced many blooms, and other varieties shirked their duties. One even going so far as to not show up for work at all. I am thinking of firing that one. The Hosta's, will be divided, they have proved to be real workhorses. Since so many of them performed beyond expectation and grew to massive proportions. I am thinking of giving them a management position. So those that worked hard this summer shall remain employed, after all this is a recession, even if the plants don't know it. And if a plant cannot give a high return, then it is going to be out of a job next spring.