Several readers responded to last week's column about gardening faux pas. Here are a few of the e-mails. I'll leave them anonymous, as I don't want anyone to take the heat like I did!
One reader writes: "I loved your column about 'what not to do!' I have a neighbor who has broken every rule ... including having mulch around four trees and black tubing: Looks like the trees have feet. There is nothing in nature that looks like that.
"I do have a cement bench and it is on the left side of my house; after reading what you wrote, I am going to have some man in my neighborhood move it so I can sit on it -- or would I want to? Not real comfortable, but it should be used."
Another letter: "I enjoyed your column this morning so much. Not only because it gave me a chuckle as I see the same things you have and wondered, for instance, 'Does anyone ever sit on that bench?' but also because you pointed out something I do, that I am changing as soon as I can. And that would be the mulch around the trees. Not only will it save me money and time, it will be much more pleasing to look at. Thank you for opening my mind to something I've been doing for years -- but no more! I'm excited about making my yard more pleasing and natural. I have a few faux pas, but I call them pet peeves.
"1. Every spring I see all these little (anything under 12 inches) pots go up on porches, and steps to the front door. Initially they look glorious, but in no time they are dead. They die because of the watering required to keep those little pots healthy, few can commit the time to.
"2. For some reason people plant hostas in full sun. I see them everywhere in various stages of dying because of harsh sun.
"3. Shrubs right up against the house, and newly planted borders planted with no growth room.
"Thanks for the chuckle -- fun to know I'm not alone!"
Here's another one: "This morning you asked readers to write about garden mistakes. In a summer column you mentioned the 'In the Garden' weekend at The Homestead, so my husband and I went. At that annual conference, Andre Viette, the perennial guy, frequently mentioned gum drops, i.e., one variety of plant after another that creates a hodgepodge garden. He advised home gardeners to buy larger groups of a plant, in any odd number, and plant them together to make a colorful show."
And finally: "Thank you! And don't write about my neighbor: She has vengeance on all around her. Oh my! And statues. And a gigantic flagpole like you'd find near a store. When the wind blows, the flapping of the flag gives you heart failure."
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.