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Re: runner plants

Hi Bonnie,
I no longer have the problem, since I now live in Nebraska, and the dreaded
Tansy is in Michigan.
However, I will never, ever, ever plant any more.
Rich, where we have gotten almost 4" of rain in the last week.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bonnie & Bill Morgan" <wmorgan972@ameritech.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, May 03, 2003 5:50 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] runner plants

> Richard, honest to goodness, my tansy (the same kind as Donna's,) never
> grows over 2-3ft tall and is quite well behaved in a semi shade
> It is really a lovely plant that I don't want to be without.  For me, it
> been very useful. It has been especially good around the foundation of the
> house for me (no ants indoors thus far--knock on wood)  It wards off many
> undesirable insects for me and is wonderful in a tussy mussy or indoor
> arrangement in place of ferns and great for pressed flower arrangements,
> potpourri, etc.  My little patch has remained only 2 1/2 by 2 1/2 feet in
> diameter for the last several years.  It has traveled very little.  My
> neighbor on the other side of the street, however, put hers in the sun
> (against my recommendation) and hers has spread considerably around the
> foundation of her deck.  Originally, she had it growing in a large pot in
> the sun, but decided she liked it enough to put in around the deck
> foundation.  I do hope she doesn't regret that decision this summer!
> Was your tansy in the sun or a different variety?  I'm forever putting
> "runner type" plants in semi-shady situations to control them--including
> mints!  It seems to work wonders.  I have the plant materials I desire
> without worrying about them taking over the yard.  I think many plants run
> amuck when they are in "ideal" conditions that are well behaved in less
> ideal conditions.  I feared the worst myself, but here, my fears have not
> been justified.  Just in case though, I always warn people that I give
> starts to that this plant or that plant CAN be invasive or take over their
> gardens if they don't put it into a confined or shady area.  I'm really
> sorry you had such an awful experience with your tansy.
> Blessings,
> Bonnie
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Of Richard T. Apking
> Sent: Tuesday, April 29, 2003 10:49 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] runner plants
> Hi again Donna,
> Concerning your tansy, when I lived in Northern Lower Michigan (about 25
> miles South of the Mackinac Bridge) we had that plant in our yard.  The
> local story was that the lady that lived in the house prior to us had
> relatives in Texas, and when she visited them, she really liked a small
> minature marygold sized border plant that grew there.  She brought some
> to Michigan, where it grew and grew and grew.  Donna, that stuff was 6 to
> feet tall, and with stalks an inch to an inch and a half in diameter.  The
> stuff was like trees, and was growing very close together.  The first
> we lived there, I burned the patch of tansy, and it burned for the better
> part of a day, with all of the fallen stalks burning.  What a mess.  Hope
> you can keep it contained.  Rich in Z-5
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Donna " <justme@prairieinet.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Sunday, April 27, 2003 7:38 PM
> Subject: RE: [CHAT] runner plants
> > Sorry to confuse you Cathy- yes am talking about two different plants,
> > just happen to be in the same bed I was working on today.
> >
> > I think Bonnie is right about the gooseneck loosestrife. I have never
> > had a name for the tansy.  Everyone kept telling me it was Sweet Annie.
> > I grew that one year and took 4 years to rid the garden of it! This has
> > a thicker leaf and gets yellow button type flowers. I have posted a very
> > bad picture of it on the net... Anyone want to take a guess? This
> > picture was from last August. I am sure you folks will have it id in
> > five minutes :)
> >
> > http://illianagardenpond.org/tansy.jpg
> >
> > Donna
> >
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