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Garden Reports and Rejoicing – June 23

I love my self-seeding annuals and biennials and Poison Ivy Acres is an informal, cottage-style garden that accommodates these plants well. But as I’ve said many times in the past, just because plants have seeded and grown in a particular location doesn’t mean that they should always be allowed to stay there. Sometimes we need to think of our gardens like the attic or garage: things might have been deposited there, but occasionally it’s time to clear them out.

The feverfew is in full flower in my gardens so I can clearly see where it’s taking over and needs to be edited. Fortunately this is an easy plant to pull. It took just over an hour and the entry garden looks so much better! Suddenly I can see and appreciate the Nepeta, day lilies, Calamintha and other perennials that grace this garden. Tomorrow the feverfew will get cleared from other beds as well. I plan to cut some of this for bouquets before uprooting the rest of the plants.

Whether it’s in a basement, garage, attic or garden, clearing out clutter is so satisfying.

The tiny white feverfew blossoms are pretty, and they make a good cutting flower, but too much is TOO MUCH.

After pulling two thirds of the feverfew in the entry garden. MUCH better.

"Thanks for your willingness to grow," I say to these pulled plants.

5 comments to Clearing

  • HI C.L.: I will take all that you pull for my compost bins. Weeds includes i compost all un wanted plants.

    Have a great Evening,

  • They went in our compost pile, John. Feverfew and mint grow on the fringes of this pile from all of the edited plants from years past. Wishing you and Liza a peaceful Sunday!

  • chris hestwood

    I had a cart filled with Rudebecia Goldstrum just like that. They are pretty but even worse than feverfew. For me anyway.

  • Joyce

    I can’t get past trying to relocate volunteers…SO time consuming. Donating to garden club/organization plant sales is behind us fo the year. I envy that you have the courage to yank and compost your volunteers!

    Noted your catmint. My Walkers Low were divided last year but still sprawl in full sun. Can you advise us about a catmint that stays reasonbly tidy? Thinking of cutting mine back even before they finish blooming.

  • Just keep saying that it’s OK to thank them for coming and throw them out. You don’t relocate weeds, and they’re a growing plant, right? Too much of a good thing is too much, and I agree about the Rudbeckia, Chris! As for the catmint, Joyce, I’m working on it. My Six Hills Giant sprawls too. This year I’ve planted two new varieties with the idea that if next year they aren’t as lax I’ll exchange the 6 Hills for those. Won’t know until next season, however, as these new ones are babies.