Now where were those bulbs? April GOOPs

narcissi-triangle bed near poppies It’s GOOPs day – the day I share one of my Gardening OOPs (GOOPs for short).  This months GOOPs is not an April Fool’s tale … but I do admit to feeling rather foolish whenever I commit this garden rearranging faux pas.

I’m  pretty sure I’m not the only gardener who has senior moments, but I’ve made this GOOP more than once.  During fall I often transplant perennials to spots that need filling.  Unfortunately, I often find spring bulbs living in the very spot I planned to fill.  I some cases I get lucky and don’t damage the bulbs, but over the years I’ve lost a fair share of bulbs to inadvertent slices of a shovel.  Every year I vow to remember where each clump of bulbs is … then I get busy and, by fall, I forget.  I also have a habit of moving spring bulbs around by the clump after they have finished blooming.  Again, I often forget I’ve done so.

I sound like a real scatter-brain, but I’m really just overly busy and often have too many fires going.

allium hair This year I’m using my digital camera to document where each and every bulb is planted  – and I’m doing so while they are in bloom.  Barring the help of the underground mammals that like to rearrange my crocus bulbs, I should have a good accounting of where clumps of bulbs reside and will be able to avoid surprises during fall transplant projects … at least as long as I take the time to properly label all my photos as I download them into their bulb location file on my computer.

narcissi close upSo now it’s your turn to fess up.  What GOOPs are you willing to confess?  Do share – just one please, you can GOOP again the first of next month – in a comment below or in a GOOPs Day post on your own blog, leaving a teaser and a link in a comment here.

Happy GOOPs Day – even April Fools welcome here!

Oh … and the narcissi in the photo to the right – just the start of many beautiful flower displays to come.  YEAH SPRING!

5 comments for “Now where were those bulbs? April GOOPs

  1. April 1, 2010 at 8:03 am

    I sliced through several camassia bulbs this spring. I didn’t forget the location, I completely forgot I had ordered, paid for, planted and looked forward to seeing these at all. Sigh. But my real GOOPS is on my web site this morning, and it’s about daffodils.

  2. joenesgarden
    April 1, 2010 at 8:25 am

    I’ve done that too, Laurrie. I really need to be better at documentation. Thanks for sharing your GOOPs … hope you try the same daffs elsewhere.

  3. April 2, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    I made this nice little map/drawing of where the spring bulbs and the summer bulbs were. Did I look at it when I planted MORE spring bulbs — on top of the summer lilies? No-o-o.

  4. joenesgarden
    April 2, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Well, Nell Jean, at least we now know such GOOPs happen to the best of us!

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