Oopsie daisy

Rudbeckia in the North GardenIt could happen to anyone. Even the “professionals” get it a little bit wrong sometimes … sometimes in a pretty big way. Last week when I discovered a rather substantial error in mistaken identity that Gail and I made, I swore that I wasn’t going to tell a soul. It was too embarrassing. It seemed like everywhere I looked another wrong plant was about to bloom in the North Garden. I kept pulling them out and stuffing them deeply into the weed bag while looking guiltily over my shoulder in case anyone saw. I was pretty mortified. But then today, when I was still finding clumps of mistake and Lilah turned it into an I-Spy game, I found it much more hilarious and thought you might get a chuckle out of it too.Rudbeckia out of the North Garden

I’m sure it could happen to anyone. This spring, in our annual effort to freshen and improve the North Garden, Gail and I moved several perennials from the Display Garden including a couple dozen divisions of Echinacea purpurea. We did this pretty early in the season – I can tell you that it was Monday, April 27th because I wrote in the calendar, “Gail and I moved echinaceas from DG to NG” – and on that date they were just minuscule clumps of pointed basal leaves and roots. horseshoe view 7-27-09Well. It turns out that some of them weren’t echinaceas at all. Neither of us has a memory of any rudbeckia in with the echinacea in the Display Garden but I just yanked an easy dozen Black-eyed Susans (Rudbecka fulgida) out of the North Garden. We did introduce a couple of new colors into that garden this year but school bus-yellow, as one of our good friends describes it, is definitely not one of them.A North Garden bed, Rudbeckia-free

The good news is that the garden is really full and it’s impossible to see where any of these plants came out. As a matter of fact, that many echinaceas might have been too many – but we won’t know that until we maybe try again next year. Meanwhile, I feel slightly less idiotic since discovering that E. purpurea was once identified as R. purpurea and our mistake was an honest one. And yet…

It could happen to anyone – couldn’t it?

2 thoughts on “Oopsie daisy

  1. Oh dear, I do relate to this one. And any honest gardener must be nodding his/her head in agreement.

    A few weeks ago I cut every single healthy flaming orange hybrid lily because it clashed (made me cringe) with a vivid red lily that I had planted as its neighbor. What was I thinking? Well, I was seduced by the photos in bulb catalogues that don’t tell the truth. (I love to put the blame on others). Could I temper the whole thing with blue? Naaahhhhh. I made a flamboyant “arrangement” of the offenders so that my guilt would be lessened. In the fall I will dig ‘em up and relocate (where o’ where?).

    Now I’m thinking that perhaps the red lily is the culprit. O no, does anyone else have this problem?

    By the way, would you dear Kris, want to expound in the future, on catalogue photography and verbiage? Who dreams up those fairy tales?

    Ginny, That’s too funny. I felt the same way about some of our tulip clashes this year and Gail had to stop me from beheading them… Don’t get me started on catalog descriptions! -kris

  2. I am so relieved that you got that color out of the north garden! LOL :) Saw a field of them yesterday and they do make a statement. Left a few by the pool as kids love the black eyed susan but the color, oh that color still makes me cringe. Perhaps because as a child I knew summer was on the wane!

    Layanee, That would certainly explain the back-to-school name you have for that color! – Makes me cringe too. Summer’s not nearly over yet, is it? -kris

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