It’s the first day of the month which means it’s time to post another Gardening OOPs (GOOPs) that we all make but usually are reluctant to share. The inspiration for GOOPs comes from Joene Hendry, fellow
garden coach and CT-based garden blogger. If you haven’t visited Joene’s blog, joenesgarden, yet you’re in for a treat. It’s filled with interesting posts and breathtaking photos (like today’s photo of a sunrise).
This month, Joene decided to recap her top 5 GOOPs from 2010 which got me thinking about all the GOOPs I’d confessed to over the past year. At this time last year, I wrote about my GOOPs of omission, things in my garden that were bothering me and that I planned to address in 2010. So for this month’s GOOPs, I thought it would be interesting (amusing, fun & humbling) to look at my goals again and see how I’d measured up.
♦ Plant more spring-flowering bulbs: I planted about 100 crocus bulbs in a new bed we created but other than that I didn’t add as many bulbs as I had planned to. I think my problem with spring-flowering bulbs is that by the time it’s appropriate to plant them here in Stamford, I’m a little sick of gardening.
♦ Add more vines: I completely failed at meeting this goal. I did have the best intentions though. I ‘planted’ a weathered and rusted 6′ metal pipe with copper piping encircling it in one of my beds with the intent to plant a few annuals vines to grow up the piping. But I never got around to planting the vines. Maybe this year!
♦ Plant shrubs with berries: I did plant three Viburnum dentatum ‘Blue Muffin’ shrubs in my newly created garden bed. And I added one more highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) to keep my other one company and aid in pollination and berry production. But I’d still like to add the chokeberry shrubs I was considering last year.
♦ Shrink the size of my lawn: This goal I definitely met. Unfortunately it all started because we had to take down an ironwood tree that was dying. But we created a new bed for native shrubs and perennials and reduced the size of our lawn by about 750 ft². In addition to the blue muffin viburnums, we planted several Clethra alnifolia, Acorus and Tiarella. In the spring, we’ll add several Prunus laurocerasus ‘Schipkaensis’ for screening.
♦ Plant more conifers: I actively worked on achieving this goal but I have to admit I was surprised by how many conifers I bought/acquired in 2010. Most are dwarf but a few will grow into substantial evergreens. I brought home two 4′ Chamaecyparis from different jobs this year that were headed for the trash. One is an unknown C. lawsonia cultivar and the other an unknown C. pisifera cultivar.
And I bought the following conifers this year (some are still waiting for me to find a permanent home for them): Chamaecyparis pisifera filifera ‘Aurea Nana’, Juniperus chinensis ‘Saybrook Gold’, Juniperus communis ‘Gold Cone’, Pinus strobus ‘John’s Find’, Thuja plicata ‘Whipcord’, and Thujopsisa dolobrata ‘Nana’. Yes, I think I do have a conifer-fetish.
How’d you do with meeting your garden goals in 2010?