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Tuesday, September 17, 2019


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Lisa at Greenbow

You have weeds?? I never would have thought that. We all have weeds tho. They just are what they are, invasive and annoying. Looks like you have a good plan to overcome them. Don't you just hate to look at a shrub you pull up to find that the darn thing didn't spread those roots and grow. Sometimes I think they do that no matter what the gardener does.


This makes me feel hopeful that people aren't judging the weeds in my garden, or even noticing them!

Barbara H.

Oh gosh, we're pulling out the same weeds! Though I love ajuga when it blooms in the spring, I've kind of reached the end of my rope with it and it's coming out in many places. The wild violets drive me wild. Thanks for sharing the close up truth - I feel better about my weed infested patches.

Linda Brazill

I do think we notice weeds and problems in our gardens much more than visitors. They just pass by going towards something good looking ahead of them. 

Linda Brazill

I think you are right that sometimes it's just the way it is with shrubs and plants. We do what we can and we still lose them. 

Linda Brazill

I have and on again/off again relationship with Ajuga. But given the problems with these slopes I've decided that anything that wants to stabilize the soil is welcome to stay.


I wonder if your mystery weed smells of anise? It looks like something I get in (currently non-existent) moist shade.


Kris P

What struck me most about this post is how big your property looks and how thoughtfully you've landscaped it. We all try to put the best spins possible on our gardens - after all, we love them! Even the best planting schemes inevitably require editing and occasionally a wholesale refresh. I've got a LOT of those myself but I'm holding off on replanting until our temperatures dip on a reliable basis and there aren't workers dropping debris everywhere.

Linda Brazill

It is really hard to not be able to garden because of weather or workmen. I've been in both situations so I sympathize. Our weather is quite warm and no frost in sight so I am really trying to plant, move and generally rethink the problem areas. 


OMG, I had the exact same weed appear for the first time this summer! It was concentrated in a patch about five feet across, directly below beech branches that overhang a stretch of border, so I've assumed it was started by birds who'd eaten the seeds elsewhere pooping them out. It's on my list of plants to ID; looks and feels like a member of the huge mint family.

Every seed must germinate, because with the regular rainfall up until late August, it took several weeks in a row of relentless extraction to get ahead of them. The foliage was different enough from surrounding plants to help me zero in: toothed, leaning yellow-green, and matte. Just last week I found two that had escaped my earlier sorties, and boy, do they produce a lot of seed (in stem axils, more mint-esque behavior).


:: Virginia waterleaf (lower right), a plant that would be ok in a woodland setting ::

But is this not in fact a woodland setting? Shade killed the sod that was there.

I'm jealous of your waterleaf; keep hoping for it to show up here, but nothing yet.

My attitude toward violets is gratitude. I pry a few out of the lawn, and in early spring get them away from the bases of sprouting blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium). But the vast majority are no-work, fritillary(larva)-feeding ground cover with valuable early-season bloom.

Stephanie O'Neal

Hi Linda, I believe the unknown weed you mentioned is clearweed (Pilea pumila). It is very easy to pull, but there has been a lot of it this year.


Yes, I have more Clearweed (as Stephanie identified) this year than past years, too. Thanks for the reminder that I need to get in there and pull more of them. I think they favor wet weather, so maybe they won't do so well during a normal or a drought year. Anyway, your garden is so lovely no matter what. :)

Linda Brazill

You're right that it is a woodland setting but it grows too tall as a mixed ground cover plant for me. I think it would work if it was by itself. I have a dry shade area where I should see if it would work. It seems to seed itself into all kinds of conditions. 

Linda Brazill

Thanks for the heads up. I feel better just knowing what that week is, even though that sounds a bit crazy.


Thanks to Stephanie and Beth for the I.D.! The exceptionally wet year explains why I haven't seen clearweed before. (We're sliding back into too-dry-ness again at the moment.)

'Knowledge is power' is part of the reassurance of knowing what a particular weed is, and there's an added comfort that clearweed's native and a larval host for red admirals and commas.

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