Did I ever show you this little Cleyera (Ternstroemia gymnanthera 'Jade Tiara') I planted in early spring? I didn't think so. It wasn't exactly a significant planting. Being only a little one gallon plant, it barely stuck up above the iris, but I imagined it slowly growing large enough to softly fill this area with shiny evergreen simplicity and tolerating both the sun and shade which this area provides.
Well, it's dead. Yep. I killed it. Not on purpose, of course. It started looking like this and I carefully clipped off all the dead stuff in hopes of it's recovery, but it just went ahead and croaked. I'm pretty sure it got overwatered and stayed wet and smothered from lack of oxygen in this mostly shady bed. Sometimes we tell our customers at NHG that this type of loss is caused by an "inadvertent watering problem."
It's no fun to watch plants die and I'm always hesitant to show my failures, but it's part of gardening. Bleah.