Not as many blooms this summer

kristie73(z5 Co Springs)August 15, 2011

I have noticed this year, I haven't had as many blooms on various periennials. Two of my rose bushes barely even bloomed. I feel like pulling them out and replanting something else. A lot of the stems don't even have buds on them. I'm such a garden rookie, I can't remember all the plant names, but I have noticed less blooms. What is the reason for this?

However, I did have good blooming from Russian Sage, Lavender, Daylilies, Yellow something - Yarrow?, Anyway some flowers really did good and others didn't. Not sure why.

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Roses don't bloom when it's really least mine don't.
Give them another chance!

    Bookmark   August 16, 2011 at 10:59AM
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dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)

A number of my plants are behind and are acting like mid-late July rather than mid-Aug. Flowering on rest seems to be OK, Buddleia d. 'Pink Delight' is wonderful now, as were several other perennials here in SE Aurora.


    Bookmark   August 16, 2011 at 3:58PM
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kvenkat(5a Colo)

Its been a wacky season weather-wise and many plants have suffered for it. I say wait and see what happens next year before yanking anything.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2011 at 11:44PM
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Skybird - z5, Denver, Colorado

I totally agree to wait another year to see how things are doing next year, there can be a lot of variation from year to year. But one other thing, depending on how old your perennials are. A lot of perennials start to go downhill after a certain number of years, and need to either be divided or replaced to look really good again. Some just keep going and going, and others vary a lot in how many years they'll look really good before they start to "die out in the middle," or just lose vigor for whatever reason. Pay attention to which ones are doing the most poorly or blooming the least compared to past years, and watch them to see how they're doing next year. If some of your plants really are declining, you can decide then what to do.

This has been a pretty strange year in a lot of ways, and chances are that they'll all be happier again next year.


    Bookmark   August 17, 2011 at 12:03AM
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