Wow, talk about sneaking up on me. Last night I went to bed with my head still firmly planted in November. This morning I awoke to December. How did the last month of 2010 sneak up on me? I’m not prepared for winter’s chill or winter’s snow and this is my confession, my gardening faux pas, my Gardening Oops or GOOPs for short. Today, being the first of December, marks my day to share a gardening blunder, or in the case of this month, a gardener’s procrastination.
I have hoses to store away where freezing temperatures and gnawing rodent teeth can’t harm them.
I have a leaning tower of miscanthus to cut down and multiple other miscanthus grasses to deadhead. I’ve found miscanthus volunteers in unwanted locations numerous times (Miscanthus sinensis Anderss. is listed as potentially invasive) so I now deadhead all miscanthus plantings in my yard.
I have iris, phlox, and other perennials that still need a fall haircut. If we don’t have snow cover all winter I don’t want my winter views sullied by this mess and I don’t want to give foraging chipmunks and voles extra hiding places amongst my perennials.
And my rhododendron still need winter protection from browsing deer. No, this photo is not an optical illusion … it’s my deer fencing on the ground instead of where it needs to be – upright and about 2 or 3 feet away from my rhododendron shrubs.
Connecticut’s generally warm temperatures have certainly abetted my procrastination, but I sense the warmth will rapidly cease.
I’ll definitely take care of these things tomorrow … honest.
I’m not procrastinating again … it’s raining today.
And I’m sure you have all waited with great anticipation to learn the current status of my last month’s GOOPs. I’m happy to say that my husband came to the rescue. He cut and installed plastic pipe to hold the lower legs of two cedar trellises in my front perennial beds. With this fix the trellises again stand tall and straight. I expect to get a few more years use from them before the untreated cedar deteriorates to the point that it cannot hold morning glory vine weight.
I’d love to hear of any GOOPs you’d like to share. Either mention your gardening misstep in a comment below or share your GOOPs on your blog and leave us a link and a teaser here.
Happy gardening and may my GOOPs not be yours!