New Year’s Day Re-GOOPs–Top 5 Gardening Oops


The sun rises on a new year of gardening OOPs. On the first of each month – GOOPs Day – I share one of the gardening faux pas I’ve made in my 30-plus years of gardening in Connecticut.

Since it is New Year’s Day – a time to look back on old 2010 and forward to new 2011 – I thought I’d rehash, or re-GOOPs if you will, the five most commented on GOOPs posts during the year and a half since I started this meme confessional.

Here’s the list from #5 to #1.

#5: Misidentification – a gardener’s faux pas. Back in September 2010, I confessed how I mistakenly labeled and referred to a blackberry lily (Belamcanda chinensis) blossom as crocosmia. Was I embarrassed? No. Did I learn from my mistake? Absolutely.

#4: Gardening Oops – February 2010. I shoulda, woulda, coulda paid more attention to the basil plant I brought inside for the winter. By not paying close enough attention I allowed white flies to take hold. When discovered, the plant was too infested to try to treat inside due to the multitude of other indoor plants I care for and white flies’ ability to spread.

#3: New Year’s GOOPs – a gardener’s faux pas. A year ago today I warned not to make the mistake of ordering seeds too late. I had done this in 2009 and ended up getting some of my seeds later than the preferred sow-inside planting date for my zone. Considering the ever growing interest in vegetable gardening, it’s better to get orders out early. And … if you could peak through cyber-space you’d see me on my couch, surrounded by seed catalogues, just like I was last year.

#2: Gardening Oops (GOOPs) – last of 2009. There’s definite plusses to leaving seed heads standing through the winter – birds love to eat the seeds. If you’ve ever caught a glimpse of a bright yellow and black goldfinch roosting atop the dry seed head of an Echinacea while all other surrounding surfaces are covered with snow,  you know how rewarding it can be to leave perennial seeds in place. And, if your just starting out with a garden, this is a great way to obtain plenty of new seedlings as any dropped seeds sprout and begin a new growing cycle. But this later fact can also be a minus, particularly when you have hundreds of seedlings that need to be removed. I face this dilemma every year, especially with Echinacea, but I can’t imagine my garden without this plant.

And … drum roll please … the #1 GOOPs post is: Generosity Abounds – Gardening OOPs for March. Ah, March, the month spring begins. Last March I talked about research that showed how being exposed to nature makes us more generous. This should be no surprise to gardeners who so often generously share their most prolific plants. But new gardeners should use caution, and in this post I offered tips on how to deal with generous plant gifts until one clearly understands how a new-to-you plant grows and spreads.

With the look back complete it’s time to look forward. My first GOOPs for 2011 is more of a Doh! – as Homer says. Those who follow this blog as well as my pal Debbie’s blog, A Garden of Possibilities, will notice that Debbie just recounted the top 5 posts on her blog. I read it yesterday knowing full well of my previously planned top 5 GOOPs post for today.

C’est la vie!

It’s not unusual for the two of us to come up with similar blog post ideas at about the same time. We’ve unexpectedly done this in the past. We unexpectedly did it with the top 5. I’m sure we’ll do it again.

Happy New Year to Debbie – who has fantastic ideas and often beats me to the punch – and Laurrie, at My Weeds Are Very Sorry, who regularly shares her GOOPs, and everyone else in the wonderful world of gardening. You can share your GOOPs below in a comment or on your own blog – but leave us a teaser in a comment below.

9 comments for “New Year’s Day Re-GOOPs–Top 5 Gardening Oops

  1. January 1, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Joene, Happy New Year. It’s hard to believe another year of GOOPs has come and gone. I remember reading all your top 5 GOOPs and chuckling since I’ve done most of them myself. Thanks for the shout out. ‘Borrowing’ from your post this month, I decided to look back at my GOOPs over the past year and found I didn’t meet all the garden goals I’d set for myself at this time last year. Oh well, there’s always 2011.

  2. January 1, 2011 at 11:30 am

    It’s a little frightening to catalog a whole list of garden mistakes! But as Debbie says, there is always 2011. My garden oops this month are several that have plagued me for a while: plants I can’t grow that everyone else can.

    Happy Happy New Year!

  3. January 1, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I have too many Goops to mention. The older I get the less I know. LOL! Maybe because I forget the mistakes I previously made. LOL!
    Happy New Year!

  4. joenesgarden
    January 1, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Debbie and Laurrie: it’s good to look back to reassess how well we’ve done achieving our goals and to look forward to new challenges ahead. Thanks to both of you for helping keep GOOPs running and not being shy about admitting faux pas.

    Lona: we all have lots of GOOPs and it’s fun to share them with each other. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. January 2, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    I have certainly made my share of GOOPS! One that I was particularly embarrassed about was when I identified one of the plants on my blog as Galanthus (snowdrops), when it actually was Leucojum (summer snowflake). I’m not even sure snowdrops will grow in my area!

    Thanks for sharing your own GOOPS. I think the lessons we learn from our mistakes are often the ones we remember best.

  6. joenesgarden
    January 2, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Since misidentification was one of my GOOPs posts it’s comforting to know that others misidentify plants as well. Thanks for sharing this and may your GOOPs be few and far between.

  7. January 2, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Happy New Year Goops and all!

  8. joenesgarden
    January 2, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Happy 2001 to you too, Carol.

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