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Gardening by Neglect
I've been neglecting my garden even more than usual lately, which is saying something. I'd gotten disheartened by some seriously invasive plants, and that had led to me ignoring the garden in favor of Warcraft, which of corse led to things just growing. On the other hand, faced with the first dry weekend day in just about forever I decided to take a peek.

I'm so glad I did. While the garden is even more horribly overgrown than normal, its still far from the original condition I found it in (the entire space covered in maple saplings, brambles and assorted weeds). The bleeding hearts were still in bloom and the columbine was going strong. Not only that, but both species were colonizing. Some bleeding hearts had somehow gotten all the way to the other side of the yard. Also, the fancy weird columbine (Nora Barlow?) had self seeded two addition plants that were clearly the same variety. Another happy thing was seeing just how much some of the perenials had grown. There was this clump that I had planted as one old fashined bleeding heart, a fern, and some other shade plant with purple flowers. It had looked all sedate when I planted it, but now they've grown and sort of merged together like some monster plant. It was very cool looking with both the pink bleeding hearts and purple flowers. It will look less dramatic when the bleeding heart dies back and the purple thing quits blooming. The hostas have also increased in size and beauty. I originally only got hostas reluctantly because there is so little that grows in deep shade, but now I love them. How could you not love a plant that just gets better and better looking the more you leave it alone?

I'm feeling more inspired now. Maybe I'll actually do something about the overgrown shrubs. I am also considering giving in on the totally organic path and getting some roundup to deal with the knotweed since no amout of pulling up seems to work.

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chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: June 12th, 2006 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Weeding

Maybe I'll actually do something about the overgrown shrubs. I am also considering giving in on the totally organic path and getting some roundup to deal with the knotweed since no amout of pulling up seems to work.

Yup, I had to resort for roundup for one of the invasive bushes. I can happily loan you my bottle; I've only needed it for two or three plants.

I am always interested in trading gardening time since I'm much more productive in my garden if someone else is helping. If that is also the case for you, please let me know and I will happily garden with you first.

I planted a bunch of stuff at the end of May; all of it looks pretty good, but the two bleeding hearts look like they've been there forever. Today I'm going to plant the rest of the stuff, and do some more maintanence. (I have almost won the battle against the two most invasive species, and now I am fighting with nightshade. I have declared that buttercups are not a weed, but ground cover and therefore I'm in the win column again.)

greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: June 12th, 2006 05:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Weeding

That's an interesting offer, though I'm not sure it would work. I tend to garden in 20 to 30 minute fits and spurts on the spur of the moment. Also, weeding my garden is problematic. It is so overgrown that you'd have to be pretty expert to tell that there are any intentional plants in there. Still, I'd be psyched to try it sometime. Perhaps we should do yours first so I can get mine into less embarrassing shape before anyone sees it. I find the tangle lovely, but most people would probably object to standing in knee-high grass to weed.
twe From: twe Date: June 12th, 2006 08:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Weeding

I'm a bit like that myself, with the short impromptu spurts.
twe From: twe Date: June 12th, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hostas...

I not that big on hostas, but my yard is very sunny, so they're basically this boring plant forever trying to take over everything. :)
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: June 12th, 2006 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hostas...

If I had a sunny yard I wouldn't have hostas either, but I have managed to find some less boring varieties. I mostly go for the ones with the huge round prehistoric leaves, and some of the more interesting varigation. Really, with my back yard I have to get creative on the shade loving plants.
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