The Good, The Bad, And The Weedy

By March 18, 2013 Invasives 5 Comments

Good: There are spotted salamander spermatophores in my pond! (And also egg masses, lots of them, and some frog eggs, but dude, spermatophores!)

Bad: I should not be allowed to go to the nursery with the huge selection of salvias without a minder. I, um, got a few more than I realized. Many of them get five or six feet tall. Um. Send help.

Weedy: I spent all this morning pulling out pepperweed, which really loves a cool wet spring and went rioting through my garden this year. I can turn a blind eye to chickweed because it’ll die off in the heat, I am perfectly happy to have white clover covering areas as long as it lets the perennials grow through, I have made some peace with the corn speedwell and the henbit, but pepperweed is on the list of Things That Must Die.

At least it pulls easily.

 

5 Comments

  • Sarah W. says:

    Salvia are sexy sexy beasts. There’s nothing like watching the orgiastic cross-species dance between them and their pollinator hopefuls. I don’t blame you for taking more home. I would have. And then I would have named them and tied little bows around the pots. What? I saw “The Happening” and I want to be prepared for when the plants rise up, damnit.

    On a totally different note, have you considered making a worm bin? It’s awesome. All the worm poo you could want.

  • Natalie says:

    I say plant all the salvias way too close together and let them battle for supremacy. Worst case you’ll just have a chaotic mess of salvias which can’t possibly be a bad thing. Right?

    I’m not looking forward to my own weedy battles. I can already see the wee beasties trying to take root in the mulch just like they aren’t supposed to do. Also, I fear I will never win the battle with the Equisetums in the vegetable garden. Good luck with the pepperweed!

  • All I have to say on the subject of weeds is that I want to know what man it was that that thought Bermuda Grass would make a fine lawn. Then I would do something both terrible and unspeakable to him so he regrets that choice for nine lifetimes. Just sayin.

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  • michele says:

    I am not funny, though I wish I was, but I so admire & enjoy it! I was happy & surprised to find more Ursula Vernon articles when I had resigned myself to a long wait for the next one on Wildlife Gardens. Now I’ve sped through 4 of them & I’m writing this in a lame attempt to leave the rest for another day. Anyhow, thanks for sharing your garden, & your writing, with us!