I regret planting these daisies in this perennial border.
Oh, yes, they look nice in this picture, taken on May 22nd, but after being beat down by six inches of rain on Saturday morning, they looked bad.
They looked so bad that I didn’t even take a picture. Who wants memories like that?
I’d been thinking already this spring that it was a bad idea to plant these daisies, which I am pretty sure are ox-eye daisies, Leucanthemum vulgare.
On Sunday, I cut them all down to the ground and once the ground dries out a bit, I’m going to dig them all out and eradicate them from this garden bed. Then I’ll put them on my ever growing list of “plants I regret planting”.
I don’t even know if I foolishly started these from seed or actually paid good money for a plant! As much as these spread, I hope if I bought a plant, I only bought one.
I really should follow my own guidelines for shopping for plants, especially the one about not buying a plant you don’t really know a lot about. And I’ll add another guideline to be careful if the species name of a plant is something like “vulgare”. A name like that should have been a very obvious clue. I just hope when I bought it, the botanical name was something different, since I think this daisy once started out life as Chrysanthemum leucanthemum.
Oh, and don’t assume that just because someone is selling these daisies that they are okay to plant in your garden. They might be okay to plant, if your garden is really a meadow and you want something that self-sows all over the place and wants to take over.
Do you have any plants that you regret planting, that you are willing to admit you planted?
Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day
If the rain ever stops around here, I hope to have some nice blooms, like rose campion, to post about for the June Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day coming up this Sunday, the 15th. (Yes, already, again!)
I know some gardeners consider these invasive, but so far, I’ve been able to control them and easily dig out those that seeded where I didn’t want them, unlike those poorly behaved daisies who tried to take over an entire perennial border when my back was turned.
By the way, Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is on Father’s Day this year, but hopefully with some advance planning, people will still be able to find time to post about their blooms in-between Father’s Day activities.
It’s easy to participate in bloom day, just post about what is blooming in your garden on the 15th and then leave a comment on my bloom day post so we can find your blog and come by for a ‘virtual visit’. All are welcome to participate.
First Mystery Plant
As I start to catalog my plants, I know I have some mystery plants that I don’t have a positive, exact id on. Here’s the first of them.
I know this is an evening primrose, Oenothera sp. It started to bloom last week, I think.Unlike the pink-flowering Oenothera speciosa which spreads, this one has formed a nice clump about three feet across and three feet high after five or six (or more) years in the same spot. It dies down to the ground each fall. The picture above is of it blooming on a sunny evening.
This picture below was taken this evening, after it rained, to show the slight variegation or mottling on the leaves. In the past, I’ve had people comment that this might be O. missouriensis, but I don’t think it is. If you think you know which primrose this, I’d owe you one if you’d tell me!
Vegetable Garden Update
In spite of a late afternoon rainfall of an inch or so, I did manage to get out to the vegetable garden to pick more strawberries and also “spoon” some of the smaller cucumber seedlings. They looked ‘vunerable’ to rabbit munching.I’ll admit the garden looks a bit odd with all these spoons sticking up all over the place, plus branches laying across several beds, but I’ll have the last laugh if all this keeps the rabbits from eating and the cats from digging.
Now that I look at this picture, I don’t think I have enough spoons around these to protect them completely. But it may be enough because so far, the spoons seem to be protecting the green beans.
I’ve also had some people comment about how nice and straight my spoon rows are around the green beans. Yes, are they in nice, straight rows. I don’t know why I put them in like that, that’s just the way I do things, I guess.
Can you imagine the extra thought I have to put into planting when I don’t want the plants in nice straight rows?