|Redhot poker in heather before removal|
I confess. I make gardening mistakes. I don’t think I’ve ever read on article about correcting mistakes in the glossy gardening magazines that I read, but I suspect every gardener makes some.
I corrected two mistakes yesterday afternoon. My ignore-ance caused the first. My inattention to detail caused the second.
Three summers ago a volunteer redhot poker (Kniphofia spp.) seedling began growing just inside the edge of my heather. I could easily have moved the seedling or pulled it up, but I ignored it. Two summers ago the plant expanded significantly in size and began crowding the heather. I ignored it again. By the end of last summer the redhot poker was crowding the heather to the extent that the heather wasn’t growing where the volunteer shaded it.
|Heather after redhot poker removed|
There’s a hole in the mounded heather where the redhot poker was growing, but I hope the heather will begin filling in the void this spring and summer. The problem took three years to develop, and I’ll be happy if the slow-growing heather makes the repair that quickly.
|Daisy (right) crowding 'Blue Star' juniper|
|'Blue Star' juniper after daisy removed|
The moral of this story: When you discover you’ve made a gardening mistake, fix it—the sooner the better. And when plants are dormant or nearly so—such as right now—is the best time to do it.
Yes, Bob, remember that sooner is better.