Be Sure You Know What You’re Planting!

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I love working in my garden. This time of year I wait eagerly for the weather to warm up enough to thaw and dry out the ground so that I can start digging and planning what will go into the garden this year.

We have a comfortable division of gardening duties in our household.  My husband does the vegetable garden. I do the flowers. It’s fine by me. He likes to eat the tomatoes and peppers more than I do anyway, and I’d much rather spend my time cultivating zinnias and strawflowers, lilies and daisies, anyway.

The one gardening tip I give everyone is to be sure you know what you’re planting in your garden. I know from hard experience that it can be a mistake to plant certain things without knowing their habits. A few years ago, my daughter gave me a bunch of spectacular daylilies that had been dug from a friend’s garden. Possibly I should have asked why she’d needed to dig up so many since they pulled up to my house with – literally – a pickup truck full of plants. I know why now, of course. Those things spread like nobody’s business. In just a couple of years they were trying to take over the entire garden area.

And don’t get me started on the morning glories.  My next-door neighbor loves them. I agree that they’re very pretty twining across the fence that separates our yards. They’re not as pretty when the vines reach out and attempt to strangle every other plant in the garden. And I’m forever pulling up morning glory seedlings!

Other plants I’ve regretted either planting myself or living close to include periwinkle, yarrow, and a very thorny rambling rose that insists on rambling over everything within twenty feet of the plant.  No I’m not kidding. Even with a trellis that sucker wants to spread out!

And here is one of my very favorite plants in the garden:


It’s called a black iris, but as you can see, it’s really a deep purple

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22 Responses to Be Sure You Know What You’re Planting!

  1. It always amazes me when I read of people planting morning glories. Where I grew up, I was reared to believe morning glories were weeds. We were taught to yank them up wherever we saw them. I remember telling my grandfather I thought they were pretty, and he told me that many weeds LOOK pretty, but they are dangerous to other good plants. Of course, we were planting our very large garden. We lived off what we planted, so those “weeds” were very dangerous. Thanks for the lovely post.

    • Oops – forgot my email: michelle_willms at yahoo dot com

    • Karen McCullough says:

      I agree on the morning glories. Seed catalogs show lovely pictures of the flowers decorating fences and trellises, but they never warn you that you’ll be having to rescue nearby plants from their clutches and seeds from them will sprout all over your yard for ever and ever.

  2. Joseph Hawkshaw says:

    I have many of customers plant stuff that they did not know what it was i told them if you do not know then they might want to read before planting them so this way they know how to take care of them.

  3. Savannah Miller says:

    I learned my lesson last year I just grab sunflower seeds thinking they were normal ones… I ended up with 7 feet tall sunflowers!
    I just got my seeds today I made sure to get dwarf ones this year lol

  4. Froggy says:

    staying far away from plants…I have a black thumb

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. Ray says:

    The books sound awesome! I would surely grab hold of one in a few days.

  6. Leslie Rodriguez says:

    When I am “gardening” I like to run my fingernails over a bar of soap so I will not get dirt under them.

  7. Been unlucky with gardening but very lucky with love…

  8. Elise-Maria Barton says:

    I love participating in these blog hops~ I always come away with a longer TBR as well as new bloggers added to my Bloglovin’ feed 🙂

    ilookfamous at yahoo dot com

  9. Arlinda says:

    I wish my grade would turn out beautiful flowers. I live in the desert and with water being scarce we have to concentrate on plants that need little water. greeniejoey at gmail dot com

  10. bn100 says:

    Nice tip
    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  11. Great gardening tip. We made the mistake of planting things waaaay too close together at our first house and ended up with a very crowded garden (including a bunch of daylilies that spread like wildfire). At the new house we learned from our mistake and realized that in time, things would fill in (and they have.).
    cchant86 @

  12. Judy Cox says:

    The black irises are gorgeous!!! Speaking of black that is the color of my thumb. I can’t grow the simplest of flowers. Thanks for your participation in this hop.


  13. Brandi says:

    Thanks for sharing your post. I don’t plant anything, cuz we have no room where I live, & I would probably kill it if I could plant stuff here lol.

    Thank you for having this giveaway!! I hope you have a great day!! =)

    BLeigh1130 at yahoo dot com

  14. Karen H says:

    No gardening tips from me…sorry. Or recipe or cooking tips either. But I enjoyed reading your post today.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  15. BookAttict says:

    The only thing I take care of is my night-blooming jasmine!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  16. Jeanette (Jeannie) Platt says:

    Thank you for being part of the hop… Feel ya on the climbing vine plants… Honey suckle does that, so does some weird plant that hubby and I are always ripping off our fence from neighbors yard.

  17. Alisha sienkiel says:

    I love the black irises! We had some in our front garden along with some other colors. Our irises grew bigger than we wanted in that area so we had to dig up most of them. Unfortunately, we got busy and weren’t able to replant most of the bulbs. I’m really hoping the few bulbs that did get planted last year will include some of the black irises because they were my favorite!

  18. BookLady says:

    It is amazing how quickly some plants can take over a garden. Love your black iris. Thanks for sharing your gardening tip and thanks for the great giveaway!

  19. Karen, I am SO with you on what to plant. Somehow I got a DREADFUL weed in my garden that I’ve been trying to eradicate for 15 years, and it is STILL ahead of me. And don’t even mention English ivy!!

    Your give-away looks fun. Especially the murder one. Unless I win the kindle, I’m out of luck on e-books! 🙂

    Happy Hopping.

  20. Shadow says:

    Hi! Great post! Pretty flower! I love those! Thank you for sharing! 🙂
    ​And ​thank you for being apart of this awesome hop!