Sometimes things just don't go as planned

annbeck62 Posts: 980 ✭✭✭✭

I planted some what were supposed to be bush beans in a perfect space except they turned out to be pole beans. Then I planted some edible flowers that were supposed to get 6-12 inches tall along my front walkway. They got really happy and grew to about 4 feet tall. I had to tie them back so people are able to walk up my jungle of a walkway. I planted some cosmos in the back of a bed that were supposed to get around 4 feet tall but they topped out at less than 12 inches. Sometimes in my gardening world things just don't go as planned....


  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,206 admin

    @annbeck62 I fully understand.

  • Monek Marie
    Monek Marie Posts: 3,535 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @annbeck62 Been there too many times.

    Unique to have cosmos only grow a foot. Maybe you should save some seeds and see if you end up with a short variety,

  • JennyT Upstate South Carolina
    JennyT Upstate South Carolina Posts: 1,273 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2021

    @annbeck62 I hear you. I've had that happen myself.😏

    But I've also had things not come up at all. Or die almost instantly after planting. 😔

    I'm glad that everything did live and come up for you even if they popped up in the wrong areas.☺️

  • kbmbillups1
    kbmbillups1 Posts: 1,272 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Been there too! I have volunteer tomatoes that came up where I planted cucumbers, eggplant, a couple peppers, okra, and fennel. Those tomato plants are doing great! The ones I planted in my tomato bed are doing okay. I rotated the beds from last year.

    I also have a rose bush that is growing out instead of up. My husband is always wanting to trim it so he can walk by easier but I don't want to cut off all of the flowers until they're done blooming. It's growing out into the walkway to our front door. 😁

  • marjstratton
    marjstratton Posts: 1,127 ✭✭✭✭

    Yup! It happens. My sunflowers are very short and small this year. Last year I planted teddy bear sunflowers and they actually grew bigger than my sunflowers this year.

  • RustBeltCowgirl
    RustBeltCowgirl Posts: 1,403 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Mother Nature.......always making sure that we don't get complacent.

  • dipat2005
    dipat2005 Posts: 1,201 ✭✭✭✭

    I really have never had those experiences except for the Bush Green Beans I planted this year. I noticed yesterday the bean plants were further apart like human hands went into the beans and took what they wanted out of the plants. I am pretty sure they picked the plants clean. I checked this morning and there were a few green beans left. Amazing how other people see something, want it, and pick it. They have left my greens alone.

  • Lisa K
    Lisa K Posts: 1,753 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That is why I always say that gardening is just one big experiment ... happy experiment.

  • monica197
    monica197 Posts: 332 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I know what you mean! @annbeck62

  • nicksamanda11
    nicksamanda11 Posts: 713 ✭✭✭✭

    My echinacea got about 5 feet tall, that was unexpected because i had not seen it taller than a couple feet before.