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Re: strong-minded plants

I love Dame's Rocket, too.  I keep one big plant on the south side of the
house and there's a few seedlings every year that I usually pot up.  LOV is
a pain; if it bothers me enough I yank it out.  Not much more can be done
because it is always mixing in with the desireables.

I went out to do a little deadheading last neight and realized the lilacs
that surround the Magnolia tree are sort of inhibiting its growth.  Off with
their heads!  I removed about 6 of them.  It's left a few gaps, but I think
the Magnolia will fill them in over time.  Also cut some excess redbud
limbs.  I bundled the cuttings for the trash tonight while Mick chased the
twine I was using.  Made 5 large bundles.
neIN, Z5
----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, June 24, 2005 2:53 PM
Subject: [CHAT] strong-minded plants

> I most often tend to let plants grow where they want to, if they
> seem to prefer another spot to the place I planted them - and
> that happens surprisingly often.  The thing that bothers me
> most, though, is the plants that prefer to live outside any
> flower-bed, to say nothing of the grass that prefers the inside
> of the bed to the lawn.  I have just finished digging a bunch
> of Campanula glomerata out of the so-called lawn and putting
> them back into beds.  I know they are crowded by the beebalm
> and Siberian iris and coreopsis and a few other things, but they
> are really better off in the bed.  They are going to get their
> heads cut off otherwise.  Of course I am letting violets and
> ajuga take over the so-called lawn, but that's all right with me.
> And then there is the lily-of-the-valley that is trying to take over
> the drive and outside the front beds.  It comes up right through
> the pavement.  Do any of you have a solution for that?  They're
> not bad in the spring, but by midsummer begin to look really
> tatty.
> I'm really very tolerant (some would say sloppy) about letting
> things grow unless I need the space for something else, and
> I don't call things invasive that I can easily weed out if I don't
> want it there - like Perilla frutescens.  This week I have
> removed all the dame's rocket from the vegetable garden so
> I could plant beans, but I thought they looked pretty nice when
> they were blooming and the ground was too cold to plant beans.
> Auralie
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