the thyme mystery
Something that's perplexed me for a while now. Maybe all the knowledgable people here have an answer... About 6 years ago I bought my first thyme. It was only a little thing that I had bought in a supermarket, but when I planted it in the garden it thrived, grew bigger every year and soon started producing pretty little flowers every spring. This little plant soon had company from other types of thyme that I collected - orange thyme was one of them and there was also one that had a lemon-y smell to it. All of them grew well and were generally very unfussy plants. Every so often I cut them back a little bit but generally I just left them to do their own thing. All this changed 2 years ago when all of a sudden all of them died within more or less 3 weeks. The weather hadn't been particularly dry or particularly wet (any more than usual anyway - I live in the UK), I hadn't done anything to them and they didn't appear to have any bugs. They simply started drying up one day and there seemed to be nothing that I could do could prevent it. OK, I thought, lets try this again. I bought new plants, planted them (in different places) and within another 2 months or so they were dead too. I have not been able to grow thyme again - It's as if my garden has turned into a thyme-hostile zone! Does anyone have an explanation for this?!