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RE: weeds

My volunteers also include California poppies, that I let stay in the
middle of the lawn since they are few and so beautiful, verbena bonariensis
(my climate is wetter than yours, I think), gold cosmos, Dame's rocket,
iron weed (gets out of hand if I don't curb it), violets (I pull many of
these but let a large patch work as a ground cover in the shady back),
yellow four o'clocks, celosia, Verbascum thapus (just a few), Rudbeckia
hirta, solidago, and a daisy-like flower that has really taken over and
must be pulled this weekend.  (This flower has small white rays and heavily
toothed leaves unlike the more oval of the oye-eye and shasta.) 

> [Original Message]
> From: Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT <>
> To: <>
> Date: 5/31/2007 11:44:51 AM
> Subject: RE: [CHAT] weeds
> 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: [] On
> Behalf Of
> Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2007 8:17 AM
> To:
> 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,
> writes:
> Yeah, I don't pull them here, either, Cathy. Life's too short to pull
> weeds with pretty flowers.
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