Here it is September 1. Labor Day weekend is just around the corner and my mind is busy conjuring up lists of all the gardening tasks I’d like to complete before cold weather sets in. Admittedly, it’s difficult to think cold right now. Temperatures in Connecticut today rose to the 90’s. Regardless of the outdoor temperatures, though, the first of each month is my gardening confessional day – time to confess one of my gardening blunders, or as I’ve dubbed them Gardening Oops – GOOPs for short.
My September 1, 2010 GOOPs deals … briefly … with misidentification.
See this lovely orange blossom?
Way back in August 2009, I posted this photo in my Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day post. But in doing so I listed it as a crocosmia. The plant came from a friend who did not know what she had but was eager to share her flowering bounty. While doing some research recently I realized my blunder. This blossom is actually a blackberry lily (Belamcanda chinensis).
Am I embarrassed? No. I’m human and, like others of my species, I make mistakes. Good thing, too, or I’d have no material for my GOOPs meme. The important thing is to admit mistakes and learn from them. Even better, share mistakes with others so, maybe … just maybe … they won’t blunder in the same way.
Now it’s your turn. Do you have enough gardener’s fortitude to fess up one of your GOOPs? If so, share it in a comment below, or post it on your blog and leave a teaser and a link in a comment below.
No ideas? Get your GOOPs juices flowing by reading previous GOOPs posts. Happy gardening.