Misidentification – a gardener’s faux pas

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? Crocosmia8091 

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.

7 comments for “Misidentification – a gardener’s faux pas

  1. September 1, 2010 at 6:41 am

    Ha! Last week I had a visit from a professional gardener, and he admitted; “I can’t keep crocosmia and belamcanda straight. Which is which?” And in my experience he’s really knowledgeable about everything that grows! So you are not alone.

    My garden Oops this month is on my blog and it’s not a pretty sight.

  2. September 1, 2010 at 6:49 am


    Misidentification unfortantely comes with the territory. My mother-in-law, an avid gardener, once told me that whenever she was asked to identify a shrub by a non-gardener, she identified any shrub she didn’t specifically know as Euonymus. She figured there were so many different kinds of Euonymus she had a decent chance of being right and that the name sounded impressive. I still use her trick every once in a while but since I end of laughing after I say , Oh,I think that’s a Eunoymus’ I also end up telling this story!

    Thanks for hosting Goops again.

  3. joenesgarden
    September 1, 2010 at 7:03 am

    Laurrie: glad to hear I’m not the only one who confused the two.

  4. joenesgarden
    September 2, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Love that story, Debbie. Sounds like your MIL is a hoot.

  5. September 6, 2010 at 10:01 am

    It’s been a challenging year for all heat-loving plants, but I kept fussing over a “cucumber” plant that puzzled me with its lack of production. Turns out it’s an acorn squash. Could explain things.
    Love your blackberry lily, though. How hardy is it?

  6. joenesgarden
    September 6, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    That’s a good one, Amy. Did you get any acorn squash from your cuke? I believe my zone 6 is the colder edge of the blackberry lily range. I grow it next to my house’s foundation and in full afternoon sun to insure it stays warm enough. So far so good.

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