Thank you Joene for adding a new word to my vocabulary.
On the first of every month Joene shares with the blogging world a Gardening Oops (aka GOOPS). Moments in the garden where something didn't quite work out the way it was planned. It's a way to inform other gardeners and share a bit of your misery.
Back in the spring I discovered that my new flower bed had a low spot that collected water. Rather than try and fix this problem I decided to work with it. Building up the bed on either side and allowing water to flow right into this area.
|The area left of the old stump sits slightly lower than the rest of the bed.|
|These bare stems were red in spring leading me to |
believe this was a Red Osier Dogwood
I have been quite pleased with the result. Despite a dry summer this plant took to the spot like glue and has been growing a mile a minute over the past 3 months. I was so excited by how well it was doing that I completely disregarded the fact that dogwoods don't grow in an upright vase shape, or that their leaves are slim and silvery.
|Crowded by flowers the shape is hard to see |
but it is distinctly tall and vaselike
I have nothing against willows and this one is not without its charms. The shape is lovely and the long whippy branches wave beautifully in the wind. However, there are over a hundred varieties of willow native to North America and I have no clue which one this is. Or how large it will eventually grow. When this shrub was planted in spring it was approximately one foot tall. Now, after one season, this plant is standing at close to 5 feet tall. My fear is it will become a massive shrub, quickly taking out any perennials in its path.
|These rudbeckia are tough but I'm betting the willow is tougher.|
|Wandering dazed in the mulch under the willow|