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Re: Bermuda grass wars

Dry shade is what my Mom used to keep Lily of the Valley in check, so you're
right, that that may be part of your problem.

I understand you wanting Lily of the Valley in your bridal bouquet.
Sometimes things just have strong memories. We tried to find daisies in
August for mine, too. My Mom and sister just about went nuts.

Chinese Lantern overcomes Tansy? Yikes! Maybe I don't want to try again. The
tansy even survived in the ditch outside our fence, where the road
department guys would cut it to bare dirt ever now and then.

I don't even want to think of what I still have to plant. Some of it's been
in purgatory for a couple of years, but I don't have new beds dug, and it's
still hot and humid as all get-out. Even my husband is finding it too warm,
and he wears sweat pants if I have the A/C on.

And the mosquitoes are about to carry us off - a human case of West Nile was
found just a few miles south of us.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bonnie & Bill Morgan" <wmorgan972@ameritech.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2003 6:58 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Bermuda grass wars

> Believe it or not, I've had a hard time getting lily-of-the-valley going
> me too.  I finally have a decent stand after 10 years.  Perhaps I have
> in too deep a shade and in an area that is on the dry side being overhung
> huge trees and the front porch steps.  It is my favorite fragrant flower
> the point I wanted them for my wedding bouquet some 34 years ago.  Of
> course, it is impossible to find them in August in the mid-west! LOL!!!  I
> had to settle for having some rayon substitutes made (allergic to silk)
> spraying a perfume that smelled like lily-of-the-valley on it.  On the
> positive side, my bouquet never wilted!
> I hadn't remembered mother's Chinese lanterns having runners and taking
> everywhere either, but from my personal experience now, they most
> RUN!!!  I keep pulling them out of my tansy and folks say tansy takes over
> the world!  My poor tansy is just a small clump this year because of the
> encroaching Chinese Lanterns.  I hope to remove enough runners from the
> or find a new area to put my tansy so I can have a better, healthier stand
> next year.
> We had a linden tree die this spring and there is a 1' deep hole where the
> tree used to be.  I think I'm going to put an oval lasagna bed centered
> that hole and with the edges of the oval just at the drip line of the
> tree on the right and the plum tree on the left.  The area would have
> afternoon/evening sun and morning shade there.  I've got a number of
> I want to get into the ground before this fall is over and a number of
> others I need to divide next spring, I'm sure!  Despite all the flats of
> plants I took into work this year, there will be more next spring.  :>)

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