|Before, when I still looked good|
Somewhere deep in the back of my mind, when I planted this stuff, I knew that it liked lean soil. But until the great flop this week, I had quickly failed to be bothered with remembering. Now reading the likes and dislikes of this plant again, I am recalling all sorts of stuff. Like it is going to be huge. I am not joking here either. I planted this mid to late March and it was a 5 inch round 1 inch tall mat of fernlike bristles. I planted two of them because there is some gardening compulsion to never buy just one of anything. Following the directions properly I did plant them about 2.5 feet apart, so I must have had some inkling at the time. Today each of them are probably about 24 inches tall (ahem, long) and about a 20 inch round wild floppy mat. And growing. 5 weeks old and they are monsters.
I must stop and say I do love the look of the flowerheads. They are exactly like the picture of them in the magazines. The colors are great. But this sprawl. I am not liking this. It isn't a pretty let me just intermingle with your flowers and leaves kind of messiness. I love that look, but no, it looks like a dog laid on it and had a full night of running dreams.
Okay, so what to do? Can I stake it somehow? It looked much better before the great fertilizing event, but its a little late now to reverse that.