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RE: 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.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Aplfgcnys@aol.com
Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2007 8:17 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
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.
In a message dated 05/31/2007 4:50:06 AM Eastern Standard Time,
islandjim1@verizon.net writes:

Yeah, I don't pull them here, either, Cathy. Life's too short to pull
weeds with pretty flowers.

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