|This was my cutting garden on March 31, 2018|
|This bed shows one snapdragon in the center of the middle bed. There were six more in the bed to the right (just out of view).|
|All the leaves showed signs of rust and the plants hadn't even bloomed yet|
|The plants in the other bed looked even worse|
I replaced the snapdragons with a few Delphiniums, leaving empty spaces to accommodate the larkspur (Consolida ambigua) and love-in-a-mist (Nigella) seedlings that emerged in response to our rainy February.
|This is one of the replacement 'Pacific Giant' Delphiniums. These plants surprised me last year by blooming well despite our exceptionally low rainfall.|
Meanwhile, like last year, the sweet peas I sowed from seed in late October have been slow to develop. Once again, they're showing signs of having been nibbled. Last year, I blamed the rabbits that showed up in my garden for the first time but now I'm wondering if birds aren't the actual culprits.
|I baited for snails and slugs and saw no signs of either but I regularly discovered birds picking around in my raised planters|
|The seedlings in this half-barrel fared better than those in the raised planter but there were signs of nibbling here too|
I'm hoping my cool season (winter-spring) garden gets a move on soon. I've already got Dahlia tubers waiting in the wings for empty space to free up in the raised planters.
|I received 7 dahlia tubers by mail order this week and have planted all in temporary pots to give me a head start on the warm season|
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