Not in the usual way when bad things happen to good people.
More in the Simon Cowell low ratings sort of way!
Back in May, I planted another job lot of baby box (Buxus Sempervirens) on our front driveway.
Four months on things aren't good......
About one in five of the young plants has died, the colour of the leaves has been totally stripped away leaving very sorry pale cream specimens in place of lovely green healthy young plants.
I have been keeping an eye on them for the past four weeks or so, making sure they are fed and watered, and having the odd chat a la Prince Charles. But to no avail and they are getting worse.
I can only think that they got either too dry or too wet-given the strange weather we have had this year.
Or the wall and existing trees have stripped all goodness out of the ground.
Or, maybe I bought a bad lot. I still have another tray that I didn't plant and they have started to go as well.
Any way, I'm just about to pull them up and replace them with a new batch, and I'll be watching them as if they were my own children. I'll keep you posted!
Just to bring some happiness into this post, I had to find some images of some successful box planting before everything goes to sleep for winter - any excuse!!
Hope you have a lovely week,