Friday, October 24, 2008

3rd Degree Murder in the Garden


Why didn't I look at this spring's photos to see where all the other pretty bulbs were planted? Why didn't I pause before I lifted up my trusty spade and plunge it into the heart of these lovely Allium? Because I thought I knew where they were and I was intoxicated at the idea of Ballerina tulips - a saucy orange lily style tulip that I knew would be so beautiful next to these purple allium.
I knew I'd made a horrific mistake when I smelled the scent of onions - and looked down to see them - formerly round and whole - now in pieces. I doubt my muttering of "sorry, sorry, sorry" as I shoveled bits of soil and allium back into the hole will make much difference.

4 comments:

Rosa said...

I just hate it when that happens! For me it was tulips. . .

Northern Shade said...

Even with photos and maps, I still manage to surprise myself sometimes by unearthing an unexpected sleeping perennial or bulb. The other corresponding action is digging out a late emerging perennial in spring. That bare space is irresistible.

claude lasnier said...

What a pity! Bulbs are always puzzling when you have to clean the soil or plant other bulbs. I have a trick consisting in planting bulbs in plastic pots without a bottom. Their edge is below the soil so they can't be seen. They protect my bulbs from the spade and from moles. Thank you for your visit on my blog. Yours is very interesting too and I will try to visit it regularly.

Barbarapc said...

R. Knowing I've got company makes me feel better.
N.S. Yes, done that too....there's one hosta in particular that I've managed to slice pre-emerging leaf tubes very effectively several times. If nothing else, I'm quite consistent.
Claude: Thank you for the good tip. I have to plant my bulbs very deep - 30cm - but if I dismantled a pot and put the top ring just under the soil it would serve as a warning that bulb treasures lay below.