I made a mistake but I fixed it.
It is the first of the month and time to confess a Gardening Oops. Joene sponsors this and you can find more GOOPs on her blog.
I have no explanation for why I planted tall grasses right in the middle of a garden bed, obscuring anything behind them. I think I had a plan -- it involved waving, motion-filled verticals in a space under some trees.
I think. I don't actually remember now why I did this.
But I fixed it.
I took out all the Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'. Feather reed grass is nice, and 'Karl Foerster' is a great cultivar that glows in the sunshine when the light illuminates the tips. But it is inappropriate in the middle to front of a mixed border.
It looked better immediately after I uprooted them.
There is a whole other gardening oops resulting from creating a big border underneath a maple and a birch tree as you see I have done. The root competition and increasing shade is an emerging disaster for this garden.
It looked so spacious and easy to fill in the beginning. Wouldn't you be tempted to plant up the open spaces between the little trees with shrubs and perennials? I was. This was in 2008. So much space to fill.
But a mixed border under large forest trees is a major oops for another day. Today I am just happy I corrected the mistake I made in there with the grasses.