Cover from the DVD collection ( I kid you not, there is such a thing!). Buy it here, if you must.
"Garden oops moments", or GOOPS, as they are known from originator Joene's Garden, are posts containing a full disclosure of garden mistakes, Jerry Springer style, sans beat downs, screaming, and DNA reports. "You did WHAT in your garden?? You little fool...." OK, maybe I'm exaggerating a wee bit, but it should be fun nonetheless. My only problem is where to start. I don't want to overwhelm, so I'll just start with one.
My first choice must be the acquisition of creeping buttercup, Rununculus repens, about seven years ago. I don't know quite how I came to have the beastie, pictured below, but one day I looked up as I was weeding and there it was, prostrate with gold-yellow flowers. If I could hop in my time-travelling Delorean with Michael J. Fox, I would have pulled the darn thing out. Alas, I spared the unknown (at the time) plant and continued on my way.
The third year started out innocently enough. But dark forces were at work in the shade garden. I had plans for an overhaul so I decided to scope things out and make an inventory. Holy weeds, Batman! Creeping buttercup was everywhere. I took immediate action. Unfortunately, the plant had tenacious roots. Silty soil didn't help, either. I finished the last of the overhaul in summer of 2009. I am still, after four or five years, pulling the occasional plant out.
Wishing I could do this with so many weeds. (seen the movie?)
Conclusion: I now give unknown plants a much shorter time to prove they are not a weed. About two months sounds right. Now if I can just be true to that rule.... If you are having a chuckle at my expense, how long do you give your mystery plants to prove themselves "not a weed"?