Blue Sea Holly
Hi, I'm a semi-newb at gardening and I am encountering several problems this spring. Here's one of them.
I ordered my very first Blue Sea Holly from Michigan Bulb Co., and promptly planted it in my newly dug up flower bed. It has rained a lot since I planted it, which I thought was excellent since I didn't have to water the plants at all. And the soil seems like it has been draining well. But I just took a look at the Blue Sea Holly and it had rotted off at the top. It was all soft and mushy at the base and had a peculiar odor. I pulled the root out, which came out very easily, and it too felt a little soft. Could it be that it rained too much?
I've read that BSH likes well drained soil... which I think I have. I checked some of the bulbs I planted as well (crocosmias and liatris) and those looked like they were doing all right.. they weren't mushy at all.
I'm having a replacement Blue Sea Holly sent and I would like some advice from anyone who has dealt with Blue Sea Hollies. How can I plant it and not worry about it rotting out on me again?