|Outside a shop in beautiful Sandpoint, Idaho.|
I think I do a pretty good job at growing Japanese maples in an inhospitable environment for them. On the other hand, petunias should do just fine for me here but for whatever reason I flat out suck at growing them. Even gas stations seem to have no problems growing abundant bouquets of them. And yet I keep trying. I have tried growing them in the ground and in pots. I’ve tried growing them in full sun, part sun, and very little sun. I’ve tried planting them early in the year and late in the year. I’ve tried hand watering and drip irrigation. The end result is always a disappointingly leggy, sticky, non-bloomin’ mess.
Case in point: I have two identical wooden boxes that flank my front door. This summer I tried growing petunias in each box. They may have gotten slightly different amounts of sun light because they were a couple feet apart but they were purchased at the same store at the same time and appeared to be grown by the same company. They were put in identical potting soil and they were hooked up to the same drip irrigation timer. And yet one of them died within weeks while the other one miraculously looks like this in mid-December no less! In fact, they look better today than they did in June. Go figure.