Bags of mulch have rested quietly in the driveway for more than a month, waiting for this gardener’s attention. Meanwhile, weeds have grown and spread in the nearby perennial/shrub beds, taunting the mulch and this gardener with, “Nah, nah. You can’t get me!” Not having enough time or cooperative weather to weed and mulch the beds in the front of my house has been my gardening oops – my GOOPs – all spring into summer.
I share a GOOPs tale on the first of each month. In nearly four decades of gardening I’ve made and/or witnessed many inadvertent mistakes. I share these gardening oops – GOOPS for short – hoping others can benefit from my mistakes and observations.
This row of bagged mulch has been reduced by four, and my front beds are beginning to look more as they should … weed free and neatly mulched.
As a professional gardener, garden designer, and garden coach, spring and early summer are busy, busy, busy in gardens that are not my own. This is a good thing. I enjoy helping others turn their garden visions into reality, and during the last few months I’ve been privileged to do this in many gardens.
But working in other gardens means work in my own is pushed way down on the to-do list.
When this happens you can often hear me mutter, “If my clients’ gardens looked like mine, I’d be fired.”
Fortunately, it’s never too late to weed and mulch, and that’s exactly what I did this weekend. Unfortunately, completing these tasks when perennials are fully grown and weeds have had the time to spread makes these tasks more difficult and time consuming.
Still, it’s rewarding to convert a weed-infested planting into something worth looking at.
Before I started, the long-present lamb’s ear (Stachys byzantina ‘Helen von Stein’) was lost amongst spreading weeds. Helen did not like being covered under feet of heavy snow for so long last year. She is usually much fuller.
Hopefully, now that Helen and her nearby companions – including the common, flowering lamb’s ear planted as a border - have been unburdened by weed competition, fertilized with a topdressing of worm castings, and surrounded by fresh mulch, all will fill in a bit.
They already look happier, don’t you think?
Now it’s your turn to share a GOOPs tale. Make a comment below or confess your GOOPs on your own blog and leave a teaser comment and link below.
Read through past GOOPs tales for ideas … some are funny, some are sad, but all are worth knowing about before committing trowel or shovel to soil.