Thursday, June 12, 2014

The weed wars! Who's winning?

A few weeks ago, I showed pix of spring flowers and asked about your gardens. Surprisingly, many of you here (and on Facebook too) wanted to talk about weeds. 

I can hide in the daylilies! Maybe take over soon.
Well, I can talk about those too.  After attending a conference and getting a bit behind, this morning I woke up to hear them plotting on the lawn.  I think this captures some of that rabble rousing I heard from my window.

I can grow in rocks!
                The dandylions bellowed, “Hey, let’s take over that bed there. We’re an army. We can do it. We’ve done it before on other properties. We are dandy! See our spores!”

Our spores are everywhere on this street! Yippee!
                “The roses!  I want to squeeze out the roses. Never liked those uppity snobs,” the creeping Charlie muttered creepily.
                “We’re not really weeds, you know.” That from the sweet voice of the violets. Make that many, many voices of many, many violets. “We’re flowers. We just have a lot of energy and like to move around.”

We're violets! Not weeds, just ambitious!
                “We’re not weeds either. Lily of the valley is used for perfume. Invasive is such a nasty word. We prefer assertive or ambitious and also beautifully scented.”
                “Come on over here, guys. It’s really hard to reach on the edge of the rock garden. Anyone trying to yank us out will probably snap an ankle. Heeheehehee. And we’ve got deep roots.”

Go ahead. Make our day.
                “We’re not going down without taking them with us. We’re stinging nettles and we know how to fight back.” 

Go ahead! Try to pull us out without getting strung.
                 All to the swelling sounds of a stirring but unknown anthem (say La Bandiera Rosa meets The Marseillaise):  “To the barricades! Stamp out gardeners!”  
                Okay, my friends. You see what I’m up against? So let’s hear it: what garden battles are you fighting?

I can grow in bark. Just try and stop me.


Lynda said...

This year has been especially bad here for fox tails and milk weed. In a short time, the milkweed stocks can be taller than me, and the foxtails waist high. And I have a feral cat colony, so the foxtails are a real problem. They can do so much damage to pets. I think because our drought conditions are so bad here (in central CA), the weeds are faring so much better than grass or plants. Good luck with your battles - but be careful, they can sneak up on you when you're not looking!

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

Weeds--a sad fact of gardening! I've started a new plan, I force myself to pull a few weeds every time I get the mail, go for a walk, go on an errand, go to work, etc. I know it sounds like a drop in the bucket, but it actually adds up. Do one small area at a time so you can see the progress, it makes you feel like you've accomplished something.

SandyG265 said...

It's been raining so much here that I can't even begin to keep up with the weeds.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks, Lynda. The milkweed is associated with butterflies so I would be kind to it, I don't know about foxtails and will find out.

Weeds are winning in these parts!



Mary Jane Maffini said...

I hear you, Mary. It's also good exercise. The other day I pulled 500 (!!!!) and then had to soak in the bath with Epson salts, But it worked and now I'll use your idea to keep them under control. XO


Mary Jane Maffini said...

We had hot sunny weather and now heavy rains. They will thrive.

Thanks for coming by, Sandy!



Lynda said...

I don't think foxtails benefit anyone. When the cats (or dogs) get into them, the sharp points grab onto them and they work their way down until they embed themselves into the skin and then get badly infected. I've seen many cases of foxtails embedding into eye, ears, feet and bodies. They are nasty little buggers if you have pets.

Tonya Thomas said...

Here's a great natural recipes for killing weeks: vinegar, soap, salt, and water.

Lynn in Texas said...

We live in the country and are surrounded by woods, so weeds are prolific~ some nicer than others! I'll take to heart Mary's idea of just pulling a few at a time so it's not so overwhelming (plus I'm highly allergic to poison ivy and have LOTS of that infiltrating) along with Tonya's recipe for weedkiller. Thanks, y'all!

Maggie Sefton said...

Ah, yes. . .weeds. Now I have two houses where I have to pull weeds. At the river house, the gardens have been so thickly and nicely mulched that the weeds are reduced. All thanks to my dear friends who were the owners for 40 years.:) In Colorado where I am now, I've used bark mulch covering my larger beds and plant in large pots and planters. That really helps. Thanks, Tonya, for that natural weed killer tip. I'll check it out.

Aurian said...

I have given up, and sometimes I can't separate the weeds from the real plants I put there myself without damaging them. But I hate the nettles and the ones with the pretty yellow flowers that have so many far springing spores.