Is it a goner? (Johnson's Blue question)
I'm new to hardy geraniums so I need some expert advice.
I bought a Johnson's Blue early last spring and planted it in my whiskey barrell with water retentive potting soil. We had a few good rains which made the whiskey barrell into a boggy mess for a while. Shortly after, I replanted the geranium into a pot until I could get the chance to hammer out the bottom of the barrell. All this time the geranium would get shade until 1:30 and then full sun until evening. It's also looked like it's been on a steady decline since I bought it.
It's been back in the bottomless whiskey barrell for two weeks now. Most of the stems are brown with maybe 7 green leaves left. I've made sure the soil has stayed moist, I've fertilized with Miracle Gro every two weeks and even trimmed it down a bit in hopes of encouraging new growth. It's gone from fairly good sized to a pathetic existance for a plant. What have I done wrong? Should I bother getting another one and starting over or should I wait and see what happens next Spring?