It is time to tell you about a gardening oops, a mistake made in the garden.
Joene makes us do this on the first of the month, and you can read about more Gardening Oops, on her blog.
This time, instead of telling you about one major gaffe, I'll simply list the recurring garden mistakes I make all the time. Over and over.
I'm a repeat offender.
1. I always mix up pansies and petunias. I know which is which, I do. And I know one likes cooler weather and the other does well in the heat. It's the names that confuse me. The petunias are okay with this, they are easy going plants, but the fussy violas are so picky about what I call them.
2. I never get 'Black & Blue' sage to bloom. All I ever get is foliage. Salvia guaranitica is supposed to get fuller with pinching (could you resist pinching something called 'black & blue' every time you walk by?) But my actions do not produce fuller, well branched bloomers. I apparently remove all the flower buds. My neighbor does not cut hers back at all and her plants bloom early and often and tauntingly.
Yet I do it every time I try to grow salvia guaranitica, which has been three years in a row now, and I never get the deep royal blue spikes. I pinch the flowers off. Oops.
This one was bought already in flower. That's the only way I can get blooms.
3. I keep my bench organized, I clean up after I am done potting petunias (or wait, are those pansies?), I have a hook or a location for every tool, but somehow I always leave my gloves and pruners out on the bench when it rains. The gloves and pruners get musty and rusty and eventually quite ruined. Oops.
So I got a watertight plastic tub with a snap lid to put gloves and pruners in, to keep them handy and dry, right on my bench. But because I leave the lid open, the gloves and pruners now sit in a tub of standing water after each rain. This did not turn out to improve the problems with sogginess or rust very much.
What disturbs me about these repeat mistakes is that I am surprised each and every time I make them. Truly gobsmacked, amazed each time. What, I left the lid open last night? And it rained? Oh crap, did I just pinch the flowers off? Again?
And I know what these pink flowers are, but what the heck are they called?