In gardening, as in life, we can count on the unexpected. This year there's been a bunch of that going on:
Why did the daisies come up so early and so gloriously, only to suffer some kind of malady and develop brown stems from the ground up, collapse and die? I thought it must be root rot, but can new growth arise from rotted roots? I wouldn't think so, but it's happening.
Why is it that 25% of the little shrubs I've been nurturing along for the past two years just decide to go kaput? All planted in the same area, same time.
Where the heck did our fabulous mass plantings of Blackeyed Susans go?
Without Mother Nature's challenges, I guess I'd be bored.