I have a bed that is getting absolutely no attention from me this year. This bed has slowly gone from full sun to shade as the trees that were planted there several years ago have grown and filled out. Thus, I have been slowly replacing the plants that were originally planted there.
Gardenias and hydrangeas have replaced the roses. Daylilies will soon be removed. A few other shade loving plants will need to be selected.
On a whim, I decided to line one of the boxwood boxes in this bed with caladiums. I didn't expect much, as caladiums have never done well for me. I've always admired them in other people's gardens. I love them, no matter what color or variety they are. I think they are beautiful, refreshing, tropical, exotic, and a bit traditional, all rolled into one.
So, imagine my surprise when I walked past this bed the other day and the caladiums were big, fat, and gorgeous! I am thrilled!
Is it the extra water they're getting? Is it the compost I put in this bed? What is the secret? I don't know. But I am thrilled, and now have a reason to walk past that bed with excitement and anticipation every morning!