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Re: poke

Marge, I hear what you are saying.  It just doesn't grow that way here for 
some reason, thank goodness.  However, I couldn't agree with you more on 
garlic mustard - it's the bane of my life.  You have expressed distaste for 
Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy), too, which is the other most invasive weed 
in my garden.  I think a clue here is that both are "smellies" and the deer 
don't touch them.  I'm not fenced like you, except for a small vegetable 
garden, so I have to grow what the deer don't like.  I sometimes wonder why I 
don't get smart and learn to love a garden of garlic mustard, ground ivy and 
goldenrod.  They don't touch Digitalis ambigua, the yellow perennial 
foxglove, which is a bit weedy also. And so far, they haven't eaten my 
Epimediums, so maybe I'm onto a new style here - but I think not.  Auralie

In a message dated 01/14/2003 1:44:20 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
mtalt@hort.net writes:

> Well, Auralie, could have something to do with it - anything is
> possible with plants:-)  Could also be humidity, soil - lots of
> things.  I do know that it is rampant here when it gets a chance.  I
> always cringe when I see it for sale - that people actually spend
> money for one.  Now, the variegated forms are simply beautiful plants
> - I would love to have one if it were NOT a pokeweed:)  The species
> is also a beautiful plant - but not in the quantity it wants to be
> in.  It is sold as an ornamental in the UK where, I guess, it does
> not have such world domination tendencies.  I have learned to loathe
> it...you get that way after 8 hours of pulling the durn things and
> digging them and cutting them back and finally, in exhaustion, just
> stomping on them when the sweat is pouring down your face and you'd
> much rather be doing almost anything else, including digging
> ditches:-)

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