What have been your worst or most disastrous gardening nightmare
you've had so far - not the ones that occur in sleep dreaming, but any
disastrous or incredibly lousy garden work, or project/s done on either
your own current or former
garden (or someone else's) by either yourself, or done by someone else.
well, I once planted what I thought was caroline lupine (thermopsis) and it
turned out to be a related-but-much-more invasive western version of the
same plant. By year two, it was sending out runners 10 feet away (under
sidewalks, for instance) by the dozens. It took about 2 garden seasons of
constant pulling to eradicate it. (On the other hand, it would be a great
plant for some wild meadowy garden on big acreage, but not in my
postage-stamp size garden)
My aunt was sharing some of her plants with me and when she showed me this
little creeping one that had tiny blue/purple flowers on it I said I wanted
it too. Well six years later I am still trying to get this weed out of my
flower beds and lawn.
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That must be creeping charlie. My officemate had it so bad he used
gasoline and torched his entire yard, replaced a few inches of dirt, and
replanted grass. The creeping charlie returned. To honor this plant, I
have one container set aside for creeping charlie. It can't do any
damage in a container garden and it turned out to be a rather nice
looking dangly vine. It also requires no care and comes back every
frigging stuff! I weeded it from my front flower garden (where I orginally
planted it) and just tossed it on the ground. then it grew there and spread
like wild fire. it wraps around other plants and is the most miserable
stuff. I don't mind it too much in the grass but in the flower beds I cuss
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Paying $350 for a bristle cone pine in memory of my mother and planting it in her
garden and despite TLC it died. Now there is a weeping something replacement
am told it too is browning out. Now everything else in that garden is
and the garden center has a great rep.
2nd worst is letting wild geranium hitchhike in on something. I am battling
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Planting mint by my garden beds, it grew better than anything else and
tried to take over.
Planting Lamb's Ears in the flower bed, because I thought it was
pretty. Until it tried to over-run everything else.
But the best one was my first rock wall around a tree. When I was done
and stepped back to look at it I laughed until I cried. It was the
funniest looking thing I've ever made. Then I had fun demolishing it
and started over. Third time was the charm!
Ajuga (SP) and hops. Both VERY invasive. I planted the hops ;((.
Otherwise planting too close to foundations or other plants even if my
father in-law warned me about how plants grow. Keeping house
foundation clear helps with termites here. They like secret hidden
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Last year I had what I thought was perennial coreopsis (sp?) coming back
strongly in two of my wildflower boxes. I let it grow and grow and it
got really big and took over. No problem, I thought at the time. A
couple of nice swatches of that plant would look interesting. When it
bloomed, instead of yellow flowers it had these tiny white flowers. A
quick search on the Internet revealed that what I had grown into
sizeable plants was common chickweed, a horrible horrible weed which
chokes its competition. I spent the rest of the summer eradicating that
plant from the boxes.
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