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Re: weeds


Cyndi, do you know the name of that verbena that's native to the Mojave? It's lilac colored and vines out low to the ground when it rains out there, creating a lavender carpet.

On May 31, 2007, at 11:41 AM, Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:

One of the good volunteers I get is California poppies, and I don't pull
those out. They never increase enough to make themselves a pest sad to
say. Gaillardia is making itself at home in my lawn as well as on the
outskirts of the lawn area, and coreopsis was spreading wildly until I
started yanking it. I would love it if verbena bonariensis would spread
out but I guess I don't have the right conditions for the seeds,
although the couple plants I do have come back every year. I remember
the johnny-jump-ups increasing in my mom's little garden and I tried
planting them for years here but never got them to come back with
enthusiasm. Oh, there were one or two each year, but not more.
I am getting quite a lot of volunteer dill in the vegetable garden, I've
let it grow for now but I suspect I could pull it without qualms if
needed. I actually transplanted some of the volunteers into a few bare
spots, they are living but not as happy as they were. Surprisingly
enough I also got some volunteer cilantro this year - my poor herb bed
got so overgrown with weeds last year I didn't even know the cilantro
had gone to seed. Also in the vegetable garden are wild sunflowers. I
have a love/hate relationship with them - they are covered with flowers
and bees, which is nice, but are also huge sprawling prickly things that attract ants, which isn't nice. I usually let one or two get big though.



Cyndi


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Aplfgcnys@aol.com
Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2007 8:17 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: [CHAT] weeds

I totally agree with that philosophy, Jim. But the problem here is that
I just can't bring myself to pull out Aquilegia canadensis, the little
red Columbine, or Viola tricolor, Johnny-jump-ups, and both are taking
over my vegetable garden.  How could I possibly pull or dig out the
two-foot-square mass of Columbine with literally hundreds of blooms? Or
the similar mass of Johnny-jump-ups in the lettuce bed? I try to work
around them, and deadhead to try to have some space left for vegetables.
Of course, I think the Columbine that grows up between the stones of my
front steps is charming.
And this week Dame's Rocket - can't think of its botanical name right
now - is popping up everywhere. I wouldn't mind that in the flower bed,
but it prefers almost any other place.  I will have to pull out lots of
that, and I hate to.  I really like it.
However, peonies are beginning to open, and they are making quite a
display! You may have lots of things we can't grow "up nawth," but what
is spring without lilacs and peonies.
Auralie

In a message dated 05/31/2007 4:50:06 AM Eastern Standard Time,
islandjim1@verizon.net writes:

Yeah, I don't pull them here, either, Cathy. Life's too short to pull
weeds with pretty flowers.





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