It’s Monday afternoon, the last day of March, and the month is looking to end a lot differently than it arrived. We have had rain, off and on, the past few days. The temperatures have dropped. The wind has really kicked up, causing my allergies to run amuck. I spent awhile, each of the weekend days, between raindrops, working in the backyard. Everything has started to grow, and pruning has been necessary, along with basic clean up. With every rain storm comes a mass of leaves and dirt up on the patio.
I bought some ground cover that I will again attempt to grow in the backyard. These twelve plants came from Orchard Supply Hardware where I had gone to buy some potting soil for a project I have started involving growing plants from seeds. The ground cover plants, though, looked promising until I thought about all the other plants I have put into the backyard the last few years only to have the snails eat them or to have the plants die. Then I noticed the fine print on the price tag–all plants come with a money-back guarantee. I asked the clerk about this, and she assured me that it is true but I must bring back the receipt (seems a given), the pots in which the plants came (I can handle this), and the dead plants (that one seems a bit weird).
I took pictures of the first plants that I put in the ground as additional evidence. The ground cover I bought last year literally dissolved into the ground.