Monday, July 26, 2010

How Not to Garden
Gardening tip of the day:
Don't plant grapes or oregano if you are going 
to turn your back for a few minutes.
I was aware that the one oregano plant I put in 
a few years ago was yards out of its boundaries 
and now looks like an oregano farm.
Every so often I yank a BIG pile of it out
so the surrounding plants can breathe.

But somehow, while I was doing something else
(painting and messing with art supplies probably)
the grapevine came down off its supports
and is snaking through the whole garden.
I had to hack it away from my rhododendron today,
and would love to get it out of the oregano.
But the whole mess is covered with bees!
They love the pretty purple oregano flowers. 

To top it all off, there is not ONE grape
on the grapevine.  If you read my blog post
in March you may recall that I gave it a 
severe pruning and I'm wondering if 
that is why there are no grapes?
Ugh, live and learn.
I think grapes are supposed to be
pruned in February ~ could that be it?

Another mystery:
My nectarine tree just up and died
with never a fare-thee-well.
Look away, it's that ugly.

The bright side:
Now I can see these beauties from the house.
They used to be hidden by the nectarine tree.


  1. I didn't know Oregano went so wild... Basil does that here. Those white flowers are beautiful...

  2. ...LOL, Gardens Gone Wild! I kinda like it that way. Sorry about the nectarine tree.


  3. Sorry about your nectarine.....I have a few plants that I can't turn my back on either; monet-monet, ginger lily and swamp sunflower. I find myself constantly yanking them out only to find more the next time I'm in the garden! I have no idea about your grapes, but it kind of makes sense.

  4. Hmmm, sounds like you're having the same problems I am only mine is with St. John's Wart and Rose of Sharon - what is it about PA gardening??
    I'm so sorry to hear about your nectarine tree too, that's just awful! We've lost several plants this year - looked like they just burnt but they were all in our veggie garden not fruit trees. My heart goes out to you♥

  5. I would paint that dead nectarine tree Cobalt Blue.

    Yes, oregano will do that!!

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  6. Bummer! How dreadful to have your nectarine tree up and die on you like that. I feel for you. My plants are doing well but the heat and lack of decent rain is killing the grass. You can prune your grapes back to a pencil sized runner. Anything beyond that and it gets risky.
    Well on a happy note those white flowers are stunning!

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  8. You should have entered our gardening challenge a couple weeks back - seems you needed some inspiration! The last photo is lovely!

  9. the white flowers are beautiful...brightens up your story =)


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